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ASSUMPTION OF RISK/GATHERING GUIDELINES

 

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and spreads from person-to-person contact and/or by contact with contaminated surfaces and objects, and even possibly in the air. There is no known medical cure for COVID-19. Evidence has shown that COVID-19 can cause serious and potentially life-threatening illness and even death. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and health agencies recommend social distancing and other preventative practices. Church of God in Christ Inc. (COGIC) and its entities have put in place preventive measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 but cannot prevent you and/or your children from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while attending a COGIC worship service, event, or facility. It is not possible, even with heightened cleaning procedures and social distancing, to prevent against the presence of the disease. Therefore, if you choose to attend any COGIC authorized worship service or event, you may be exposing yourself (and your children) to and/or increasing your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19. Furthermore, by attending any COGIC authorized worship service or event, you voluntarily agree to accept any and all risk of being exposed to COVID-19 from yourself and/or your children and such exposure may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death. These services/events are of such value to you and/or you children, that you accept the risk of being exposed to, contracting, and/or spreading COVID-19 in order to gain access. The Church of God in Christ recommends the following guidelines for all persons attending any of our worship services and events:

Wear a Mask

  • Everyone 2 years and older must wear a mask while attending services

  • Masks should be worn in addition to staying at least 3 feet apart, especially around people who don’t live with you

  • If someone in your household is infected, you should refrain from attending the event

  • Wear a mask with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19 to protect yourself and others

  • Wear your mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin

 

Social Distance

  • Stay at least 3 feet (about 1 arm length) from other people

  • Avoid direct contact, including handshakes and hugs, with others who don’t live with you

  • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus

  • Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick

  • Venues will limit seating and allow for social distancing.

  • Select your seat or place to stand based on your ability to stay at least 3 feet from others

  • Avoid crowding and congested areas throughout the event including arrival and departure