In accordance with current provincial and local guidelines, SCC has developed a COVID-19 Safety Plan as recommended by the ON government. We are in alignment with ON’s Roadmap to Reopening: https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario as well as York Region Public Health Safety Measures (www.york.ca). SCC adheres to the Section 22 Class Order issued by York Region’s Medical Officer of Health related to case contact. As a York region workspace, SCC follows the Letter of Instruction as issued by York Region’s Medical Officer of Health with respect to following best practices for religious institutions.

We are decreasing risk when contacts are necessary through screening. Passive screening is required for entry into our gatherings & services. Signs are posted at all entrances to inform people to screen themselves for COVID-19 as well as on digital registrations. Everyone who comes into our office, must complete the COVID-19 screening form prior to entry: 

Staff: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/screening/worker/

Guests: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/screening/customer/

If you do not fill out the e-form, please fill out the screening form manually at entry with the forms provided.

We are ensuring physical distancing can be maintained. Current guidelines for religious services have removed capacity limits but everyone must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from others (except for other members of their household or their caregivers). Any line up is physically distanced. 

We have an office use schedule and are limiting the number of people in the office space. We are utilizing our outdoor meeting spaces as often as we can. We keep a distance of two metres between people as we work in workstations &/or offices.

We use personal protective equipment. We ask all people inside our buildings to wear face coverings properly and consistently. We provide disposable masks at entrances. All individuals must wear face coverings in indoor settings (with limited medical exemptions) and outdoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Everyone must wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth, nose and chin inside any facility building or in an open area where physical distancing is not possible. Exceptions may include staff breaks/meals, or speaking and 

leading worship during live services and recording. Unmasked individuals must maintain physical distance from others &/or position themselves behind barriers. 

We have increased our fresh air. Weather permitting, we are keeping windows and doors open as much as possible. We regularly maintain our facility air systems. We are using outdoor spaces whenever we can. 

We promote cleaning and disinfection. All equipment &/or bathrooms are cleaned and disinfected as frequently as is necessary to maintain a sanitary condition. We have increased scheduled cleaning and are disinfecting high touch surfaces, common areas and shared items. We have provided cleaning and disinfecting products for teams to use frequently. We provide access to soap and water as well as alcohol-based hand sanitizer. We ask everyone to clean their hands frequently and whenever needed.

We collect information and report as required. We collect information about our workplace and gatherings for our local public health unit in York Region for contact tracing should it be requested. We post signage at entrances of our facilities. 

We are working to eliminate &/or reduce contacts. We are working remotely. Our teams will complete any work that can be done offsite from their homes. We are meeting digitally wherever possible. We are organizing contactless transfer of items wherever possible.

We provide York Region’s COVID-19 R resources. We provide fact sheets, guidance documents, informational material and multimedia about COVID-19 from www.york.ca

SCC IN-PERSON SERVICES FAQ’s

Do I need to register for the Sunday service?
To align ourselves with current Covid protocols, we have set up a registration process for Sunday Morning Services. Registration is available online, either through Summit’s website (www.summitcommunity.ca/events) or our eblast. Registration will open on the Wednesday before our Sunday service. If we reach capacity, you can request to be placed on a wait-list: info@summitcommunity.ca. If your plans change for that Sunday, please cancel your registration as soon as possible to free up spots for others. If you are not currently signed up to receive regular e-blasts from Summit Community Church, please go to our homepage at www.summitcommunity.ca and look for JOIN OUR EBLAST. If you have difficulty with a Sunday registration, please email info@summitcommunity.ca
What can I expect when I arrive?
We ask that you plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the Sunday service starts so we can be sure to get you checked in for contact tracing purposes and to reduce any congestion in the check in area. Our WELCOME team will greet you at the entrance and will do a quick check-in. From there you can proceed to either drop your kids in our Summit Kids space(s) or enter the BARN.
Once you are at the BARN doors an usher will direct you to your seat. To allow for maximum occupancy and proper distancing you will be directed to seating based on the number in your household – so you may not get to sit in your favourite section. Our occupancy space will be capped at 100 people to assure safe distancing.
What about masks?
During our gatherings masks are required at all times indoors. Since masks are required, please do not bring food or beverages into the BARN. Some exceptions will apply such as worship leading and/or speaking in our service. Any unmasked individual will maintain minimum 2 metres physical distance from others &/or position themselves behind barriers.
What about Summit Kids?
SCC Kids is starting up! SCC Kids (Grades 2-4) will be held in Studio A, SCC Kids (JK-Grade 1) will be held in the West Portable, SCC Kids (Nursery – 3 yrs) will be held in the East Portable. Please ensure your children are registered prior to Sunday & checked in at WELCOME. Our occupancy in our spaces will be capped to assure safe distancing.
What time is the service?
We will be starting with a one hour service at 10:00 AM on Sunday September 12th, 2021. We understand you haven’t seen one another for a long time, but we would encourage you to chat with one another outside, not inside our buildings.
Is there still going to be an online service?
Yes, if you are not yet comfortable with gathering in-person, we understand and that’s okay. We will continue our online services just as we have been doing throughout the pandemic – and we look forward to seeing you again when you are comfortable gathering with us in-person.
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