SAFE PRACTICES - HOUSES OF WORSHIP
The State of New Mexico has placed the following requirements on Houses of Worship. Los Altos Christian Church is committed to following the guidelines provided.
Adhere to Required COVID-Safe Practices for All Employers.
Adhere to Required COVID-Safe Practices for Retail Establishments.
Adhere to maximum occupancy limits per the State’s Public Health Order. Adjust seating capacity and stage setting to meet occupancy guidelines and 6 feet of distance between individuals and performers.
Provide drive-in and online services to the greatest extent possible. *Note: LACC does not currently provide drive-in services. Online services are coming soon.
Communicate to attendees to take the following precautions:
Those with known close contact to a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 must not attend in-person services until the end of the 14-day self-isolation period, as recommended by the Department of Health.
Perform temperature checks at home on all persons. Individuals who are ill or who have fevers must not attend in-person services.
Children’s programming, public programs and special events must comply with all State Public Health Orders regarding maximum occupancy limits. *Note: LACC does not currently provide any children's programming or services.
Review the State Public Health Order and all COVID-Safe Practices with guest musicians and guest worship leaders to ensure compliance.
All touring artists, performers, tech crews, etc., are subject to the State’s Public Health Orders.
Attendees must remain separated from backstage technical personnel and worship leaders at all times.
Prohibit shared use of service-related materials and literature. Materials and literature must be distributed contactless (e.g. in an accessible stack) or by a person wearing gloves and a mask.
If nurseries and childcare facilities are utilized, they must comply with CDC Guidance for Child Care Programs. *Note: LACC does not currently have nurseries or childcare facilities.
Collect tithes and offerings in collection boxes only and encourage online giving.
Use disposable, one-time use packages for elements used in religious practices (e.g. Christian communion, palm branches, anointing oil, etc.)
All religious gatherings that take place in homes are also required to adhere to COVID-Safe Practices for All Employers.
If absolutely necessary for the practice of religion, any choir or congregation singing or chanting must be performed with masks.
Install large plexiglass sneeze guards at information desks and welcome centers.
Discourage vulnerable individuals from attending in-person services.
Discourage attendees from engaging in hand shaking or other physical contact.
Offer face coverings to attendees.
Erect barriers to create controlled entry/exit for crowd control. Consider metered seating and provide special arrival times and other accommodations for vulnerable populations.
Discontinue choir or congregation singing or chanting.