Covid19

This page current as at Sunday 19 July 2020, 10am.

Gold Coast Central Church is aiming to re-open as a place of Worship on Saturday, 1st August 2020. The pastoral care office is currently open Mon-Fri from 9am to 12noon. 

As a place of Worship, Gold Coast Central Seventh-day Adventist Church abides by the COVID Safe Industry Plan for Places of Worship in Queensland Stage 3 (the Plan) – effective 3 July 2020.

RESOURCES

Hourly Covid-19 Cleaning Checklist Daily Checklist Covid-19 Induction Certificate Contact Tracing Register Form

Current Covid-19 Hotspots in Australia – click here

Covid Testing Clinics nearby

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Appendix 1 (Preparation Checklist) and 3 (Statement of Compliance) of the The Plan are prominently display on the bulletin board in foyer next to Auditorium 1 doors.
  • The designated Covid Compliance Officer on site (including Renters) of our Life Development Centre facility are required to sign the Appendix 2 Daily Checklist and email to admin@centraladventist.church or complete the electronic form here on each day of use of the facility.
  • The Plan does not cover funerals and weddings, which currently have a maximum attendance of 100. For more information visit this link.
  • ALL staff and volunteers are directed to stay at home if they are sick, and to go home immediately if they become unwell.
    • They must also be tested for COVID-19 if they have any symptoms of acute respiratory disease (cough, sore throat, shortness of breath) or a fever or history of fever.
    • They must remain in isolation at home till they get a negative result for COVID-19.
  • Gold Coast Central COVID Safe Warden is Qing Ling (admin@centraladventist.church)
  • Separate Entry and Exit points have been designated as per signage at the main glass doors of the facility.
  • To reduce risk of infection, the communal fridge in the foyer must now be emptied daily.
  • If any staff, volunteers, attendees, or community members display symptoms of COVID-19 ask them to call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84). For severe symptoms such as shortness of breath at rest or difficulty breathing, dial 000.
  • All staff/volunteers to abide by the Covid WHS Guide provided by the government.
  • Staff and attendees (including renters) must inform Church Pastor Mike Collum immediately if they are displaying symptoms, have been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19 or have been tested for COVID-19.
  • Contact Tracing Register Check-In/Out MUST occur for all persons entering the facility. Members can use the Planning Center Check-ins App. Note: There is no longer a requirement to allocate people in groups of 20.
  • We are required to record attendee and staff contact details at the outset of every gathering and retained for at least 56 days. We take your privacy very seriously and will only share these details with the government at their request in the event of a Covid-19 case.

As per Factsheet: Stage 3 of easing restrictions for places of worship:

  • Communal and individual singing is permitted with no restrictions, other than the room capacity restriction: a maximum of one person per 4 square metres. 
  • People are allowed to sit in family groups and keep social distancing between them and other family groups. This means more people will be allowed in to worship, but the other measures of inside gathering apply (i.e. 1.5m social distancing of persons from different households).

Facility Room/Area Sizes

Auditorium 1 – Floor area 415m2, Raised stage area 70m2. Total 485m2.

Auditorium 2 – Floor area 202m2, Raised stage area 22m2. Total 224m2.

Area capacity according to social distancing rules of one person per FOUR square metres of space in an enclosed area:

  • Auditorium 1: 121 people
  • Auditorium 2: 56 people
  • Cafe/Foyer: 70 people

Area capacity according to social distancing rules of one person per TWO square metres of space in an enclosed area:

  • Conference Room: 17 people
  • Kids Room 1: 14 people
  • Kids Room 2: 15 people
  • Kids Room 3: 13 people
  • Kids Room 4: 24 people
  • Pastoral Care Office: 10 people
  • Group Room 1: 8 people
  • Group Room 2: 7 people
  • Group Room 4: 5 people
  • Group Room 5: 5 people
  • Library: 7 people

Do we have the legal right to turn people away if capacity is reached?

Yes, you do. It is a difficult thing to do, but necessary to limit the number of people in a building for both public health and contact tracing. It is recommended that organisations with smaller places of worship run multiple services and set up a “pre-booking” system to avoid rejections at the door.

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