Beacon Unitarian Church Communicable Disease Plan

Beacon is a covenantal community.
We live by our promises to one another.
Ours is a culture of consent

Because many in our congregation are in a higher risk group, we are applying a higher level of care in Beacon’s Communicable Disease Plan.  We will be cooperating with local and provincial health authorities and will implement additional prevention measures as required by a medical health officer or the provincial health officer to deal with communicable diseases in our workplace or region, should those be necessary. 

BEACON COVID GUIDELINES

On April 8, 2022, the PHO lifted Covid restrictions.  Beacon continues to encourage everyone to continue to be proactive in protecting each other. 

Vaccinations are highly recommended for those who are eligible.  Keep others safe.  Stay home when ill, isolate yourself from others, and get tested right away if exposed.

Small Groups or Meetings not held at Sapperton Hall

  • Small group leaders and participants can decide together whether they will meet at a public place, personal home, or Zoom setting.
  • Here are some guidelines so that everyone feels safe to participate in small-group, non-Sapperton Hall, events:
PARTICIPANTSHOST(S)
If you are feeling ill or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (including fever, cough, shortness of breath, or acute fatigue), please ask for a Zoom meeting.  Take time off and practice self-care. If you test positive, self-isolate as required.   If you are in quarantine or have been in close contact with someone suspected of having COVID, please ask for a Zoom meeting (or better yet, take time off and practice self-care.)   Be willing to have a conversation prior to the actual physical meeting about the guidelines your group wants to follow, i.e., the wearing of masks for indoor in-person meetings, vaccination status, and comfort with having food and drinks available.   Bring your own mask.   Bring hand sanitizer with you.   Err on the side of caution and sing only when everyone is masked.Initiate a Zoom meeting or email exchange about the safety requirements of your group.   Err on the side of caution and safety to ensure that everyone is able to participate at a level they are comfortable with.  We all have varying degrees of comfort as we re-emerge from living under strict protocols.   Arrange for chairs to be placed in such a way that a semblance of physical distancing occurs.   If possible, keep windows open or arrange for improved airflow.   Have hand sanitizer available.   Ask everyone to wear masks if singing.  

Services and Events held at Sapperton Pensioners’ Hall, following Sapperton Old Age Pensioners Association (SOAPA) Guidelines:

  • Everyone who is fully vaccinated is welcome to participate.  Please show your government-issued picture ID and vaccine passport when entering Sapperton Community Hall.  Unvaccinated people are welcome to participate online.
  • Use hand sanitizer when entering both upper and lower levels of the building and as needed during the event.
  • Depending on the number of congregants attending, chairs should be placed a minimum of 6’ apart.  All tables must be spaced 6’ apart.
  • Light snacks and drinks will be available according to Sapperton Hall’s policies.
  • Masks are required when inside Sapperton Hall for those 5 years and up.
    • Masks are Optional while:
      •  actively engaged in physical activity or eating and drinking.
      • speaking and distanced, as part of a service or lecture.
      • communicating with a person for whom visual cues, facial expressions, lip-reading or lip movements are essential.
    • Please practice Social Distancing whenever possible.
  • For music and singing:
    • no singing or wind instruments are permitted due to droplets.
    • No humming.
    • One person, unmasked, singing solo while playing the piano, 20’ from the congregation is permitted.
    • One soloist, unmasked, 20’ from both the pianist and the congregation is permitted.
  • Disinfectant spray and paper towels will be provided at the entrance.  Please use these supplies to disinfect commonly-touched surfaces before you handle them.