God is still in the business of protecting his own and to stay strong until the Lord’s delivering power is fully exerted over the coronavirus outbreak. You have been tremendous in your support, watching online, checking on each other and continuing in faithfulness to God. We shall celebrate and thank God for keeping us during this season. We are so excited to have you join us at our services. You have all been greatly missed.
As part of our efforts to facilitate your health and safety on the premises, the following measures will be put in place for our worship service. These measures have been prepared in line with Government guidance for the safe use of places of worship reopening during the pandemic. The Freedom Arena Compliance Task Force Team has adopted the following specific guidelines, as strict compliance at every church service.
This is to enable the church to monitor attendance and to comply with social distancing. Please arrive at 45 minutes before any service. If you are driving to church, You will be directed to where you will park your car and you will be asked to proceed to the various entrances in the church.
Following the government guidelines, all attendees will be required to maintain the required minimum distance (presently 1 metre to 2 metres) between yourself and those who are not of the same household when you are in the premises. Floor markings will be provided where appropriate in support of this.
Your temperature will be checked using a non-invasive, long-range thermometer. If your temperature is above the normal range (36.5 – 37.5 °C or 97.7 – 99.5 °F), you will not be granted entry and be asked to return home.
Also, if you have symptoms of Covid-19, please do not come to the premises. Instead, contact your doctor and follow the requisite medical advice you are given.
Upon entry into the building, you will be required to use hand sanitiser at the entrance. There will also be several hand sanitiser locations around the entrances for your use. The sanitising machines are automatic; so you don’t have to touch them.
The Children’s Church services will remain closed until further notice. However, young children can come with their parents/guardians to attend the main adult Church service and will need to be registered to attend along with their parents/guardians before coming. If you a worker with young children, you are advised to sit with them at all times.
All main touch points in the building will be regularly cleaned with approved cleaning agents. The premises will also be properly fumigated before and after all services.
The workers who will be serving will use appropriate personal protective equipment such as hand gloves and face masks. We encourage you to bring your face mask with you. If you come to the premises with your hand gloves on, you will be required to dispose of it, disinfect your hands with hand sanitiser and if you require it, new hand gloves will be provided.
We ask that you please follow the precise instructions of the teams serving you (e.g. Ushers, Protocol, Welcoming Teams etc.) for seating in the auditoriums, using the facilities and for leaving the premises, to ensure that we all adhere to the social distancing requirements and other measures for protecting your health.
- During service, PLEASE NOTE that there is no handshaking, no hugging, no raised voice and no moving around. This is because of the potential for increased risk of transmission from saliva drops.
- Cash giving is discouraged, therefore during service, no giving baskets would be passed around, however, there are baskets at the church aisles where you can drop your offering and tithe. PLEASE NOTE that online payments are encouraged.
- PLEASE AVOID large gatherings after the church service and kindly limit interactions with friends. No departmental meetings or gatherings are permitted.
- PLEASE ENDEAVOUR not to engage in conversations with anyone aside from your family members after church service. We advise you to keep meetings and conversations on Zoom or WhatsApp groups.
- Multiple entry points would be opened, and clear sign-postings or assistance would be offered to guide worshippers and to avoid congestion.
- Toilets are kept open and carefully managed to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Steps are taken to make the use of toilets as safe as possible using signs and posters including social distancing marking in areas where queues normally form.
If you are classified as an at-risk person due to your age (70 years and above), have underlying health conditions or clinically vulnerable, we would like to encourage you to stay at home and continue to enjoy the worship services from the comfort of your home. Church programmes are still being streamed online in order to avoid large gatherings and to continue to reach those individuals who are self-isolating or particularly vulnerable to COVID-19. We aim to make the services as enriching and enjoyable, giving the same live experience for those participating online as for those on the premises.