Basel Christian Fellowship (BCF)

COVID-19 Protection concept for church services and church events
Updated 03 December 2021
subject to the guidelines given by the BAG (Federal Office of Public Health) - see here for document in English. The current document is in force until 24 January 2022.

There is little change to the BCF Precautionary Measures. However, please note the text in bold concerning face masks

Basic Principles

  • 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.

NEW:
As of 19 September participants do not need to present a EU/EFTA Covid-19 certificate (vaccinated, recovered, tested). However, a maximum of 50 persons will be allowed in each church auditorium/room.

To comply with the FOPH measures, we must continue to:

  • Keep distance
  • Adhere to hygiene measures
  • Wear everyday masks covering nose and mouth (throughout the service)
  • Face masks include respirators, hygienic masks and textile masks that provide adequate 3-ply protection. Primarily, certified or compliant masks are recommended. Textile masks that comply with the recommendations of the Swiss National COVID-19 Science Task Force are
    be favored over other textile masks, especially homemade masks. Scarves or other non-specific textiles are not facemasks.
  • Ventilate the worship service rooms
  • Ensure that rooms are only occupied to 2/3 of the hall capacity (maximum 50 persons)
  • Carry out contact Tracing -> A contact list of all attendees will be created

Please consult the measures below, which are unchanged:

Hygiene Measures

  • 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 indicated with a notice saying 'Please leave this row free' 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.
  • Communion will be served and prepared under appropriate hygienic conditions.
  • No offering will be collected during service; participants are encouraged to make gifts/offerings by bank transfer or to place a physical offering in the wooden box at the entrance. If you wish to transfer offerings and gifts electronical, please click here.
  • Church coffee will be served but only outside in the garden.


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.


Information/Communication

  • 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.


Conclusion

  • 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.

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Person responsible for COVID-19 protection measures:

Lukas Fischer

Maureen Hill

On Behalf of BCF Board

Basel, 30.11.2021

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