FBC COVID-19 Guidelines

Fellowship Baptist Church is opening in accordance with guidelines established by the Montana Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force as outlined below.

PLACES OF WORSHIP can become operational on or after April 26, 2020 with reduced capacity and where strict physical distancing protocols can be maintained between non-household members. Avoid GATHERING in groups of more than 10 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing.

Guidance Applicable to All Phases:

  • Individuals should continue to practice good hygiene by adhering the following guidelines: 
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces.
    • Avoid touching your face.
    • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
    • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.
    • Strongly consider using non-medical face coverings while in public, especially in
    • circumstances that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing (e.g., grocery/retail stores, pharmacies, public transportation).
  • People who feel sick should stay at home.
    • Do not go to work or school.
    • Contact and follow the advice of your medical provider.
    • Follow local health department guidance on isolation and quarantine.

Phase One: Individuals

  • The Stay at Home Directive is extended for individuals until April 26. 

Effective Sunday, April 26:

  • All vulnerable individuals should continue to follow the stay at home guidance.
  • Members of households with vulnerable individuals should be aware that by returning to work or other environments where distancing is not practical, they could carry the virus back home. Precautions should be taken to isolate themselves from vulnerable individuals.
    • “Vulnerable Individuals” is defined as people over 65 years of age, people with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, or asthma, and people whose immune system is compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer or other conditions requiring such therapy.
  • All individuals, apart from members of a household, should:
    • When in public (e.g., parks, outdoor recreation areas, shopping areas), maintain at least six feet of physical distance from others.
    • Avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing.
    • Minimize non-essential travel and adhere to Montana guidelines regarding Quarantine.

PHASE TWO: ALL SETTINGS

Effective Monday, June 1, 2020
  • Non-congregate group size has increased from 10 people to 50 people.
  • All other provisions remain the same as Phase One for general business operations.
Effective July 15, 2020
  • The Governor of Montana has declare that people over the age of five, in all indoor facilities that are open to the public, must wear a face covering. You can read about it here or here.
     
Who is not required to wear a mask?
    • Children under the age of five.
    • All children between the ages of two and four, however, are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in accordance with the provisions of this Directive.
    • Children under the age of two should not wear a face covering;
    • persons consuming food or drinks in an establishment that offers food or drinks for sale;
    • persons engaged in an activity that makes wearing a face covering impractical or unsafe, such as strenuous physical exercise or swimming;
    • persons seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing impaired
    • persons giving a speech or engaging in an artistic, cultural, musical, or theatrical performance for an audience, provided the audience is separated by at least six feet of distance;
    • persons temporarily removing their face covering for identification purposes;
    • persons required to remove face coverings for the purpose of receiving medical evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment; or
    • persons who have a medical condition precluding the safe wearing of a face covering.
How does the mask mandate affect religious services?
    • During services, speakers may remove their masks while speaking to the attendees. All attendees should wear a mask during the service, including while singing. Servers should wear a mask and recipients should remove the mask to receive communion.
Do businesses need to enforce the mask mandate?
    • Business owners must require masks and must enforce the directive, but the manner of enforcement–whether by denying entry, refusing service, or asking people to leave–is within their discretion. That is, how they choose to enforce is their choice; whether they enforce is not.
    • Also, business owners are allowed to ask why someone isn’t wearing a mask. They can ask about how to accommodate a disability; if an individual refuses accommodation or it is not possible to accommodate them, business owners may nonetheless ask the customer to leave. Business owners do not need proof that an individual has a disability and we don’t recommend asking for proof. But asking questions and engaging is entirely appropriate.

PHASE THREE: ALL SETTINGS

  • Return to normal operations.