Basel Christian Fellowship (BCF)
COVID-19 Protection concept for church services and church events
Updated 4 July 2021
(This document will be updated subject to the guidelines given by the BAG (Federal Office of Public Health)
- The protection concept shows how our church community life can be gradually returned to normal while observing protective measures. These measures are designed to increase the control and planning possibilities for all.
- It is important that chains of infection can be traced and infection with COVID-19 can be contained. The church leadership is responsible for the implementation of the protection concept; however, the personal responsibility of participants must also apply.
Public events: up to 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors – BAG Measures & Ordinances
- Disinfectant dispensers will be provided at the entrance, toilets and additional rooms in use.
- All participants must disinfect their hands before entering and when leaving the church. Frequent handwashing is recommended.
- Face masks are mandatory for all attendees (special conditions apply for Sunday School. For more information, please contact the Sunday School Co-ordinators via the Contact Form.
- Participants are asked to bring their own masks if possible.
- A face mask for the preacher and leader is not necessary as there is an adequate distance between them and the participants.
- No hugging, embracing or shaking hands.
- Cough into the crook of your arm.
- Cleaning frequently touched surfaces and disinfect contact points such as doors and toilets.
- If you use gloves when cleaning, please dispose of these safely.
- Handle all waste properly and safely.
- Ventilate premises regularly, i.e. regular air exchange for 10 minutes before, during and after the service.
Distancing rules and Seating arrangement in the church main auditorium and outside in the garden
- Please do not use the row of seats that are marked with a red, crossed sticker in the main auditorium.
- Please maintain 1.5m distance in all directions.
- Participants belonging to the same household may sit together, the minimum distance does not apply for the family but must be maintained between other attendees or families – see above.
- Allow sufficient distance from the stage to the first row of participants.
- Masks are no longer mandatory outside.
Worship service content/After service coffee
- Singing is permitted but masks must be worn.
- Distance regulations between musicians and other participants must be observed.
- No offering will be collected during service; participants are encouraged to make gifts/offerings by bank transfer – you can find more information here.
- There will be no after-church coffee.
Potection of the particularly vulnerable persons
- People who are particularly vulnerable because of COVID-19 should not be excluded from church events.
- They should, however, protect themselves as well as possible against infection and be encouraged to take advantage of BCF meetings online.
- The participation of particularly vulnerable persons in church meetings is an individual decision.
- Digital options (e.g. Zoom or live stream of church services and meetings) will be continued for particularly vulnerable persons who cannot attend a physical service. Digital options are a good alternative especially when only confined spaces are available.
Persons infected with COVID-19
- Sick people must stay at home.
- People who live in the same household as a sick person or who have had close contact with a sick person must stay at home.
- The BAG's recommendations on isolation and quarantine and the instructions and orders of the relevant cantonal authorities apply.
- If it is discovered after the service that a person infected with COVID-19 was present at the service, the church leadership must be informed immediately. The leadership will inform the church service participants promptly and draw their attention to the BAG rules regarding this incident.
- Personal communication of the protection concept to regular churchgoers will be by newsletter/email.
- The information will be posted on the homepage.
- The BAG's information material (posters, screens, etc.) will be displayed on the premises of Johanneskirche.
- Basel Christian Fellowship (BCF) confirms that the above protection measures do not contravene the regulations stated in the ‘Framework protection concept for the resumption of church services and religious meeting of the BAG.
- The church leadership will regularly inform church workers/helpers and participants on hygiene measures and updates.
Person responsible for COVID-19 protection measures:
Deputy, Raymond Hofmann
On Behalf of BCF Board