COVID-19 ResponseSafe Reopening Guidelines for In-Person Campus Ministries
Safe Reopening Guidelines for In-Person Campus Ministries
The following guidelines will help guide the conversation and any decisions made as these plans are developed:
- Safety Guidelines
- Campus ministry programming must follow CDC guidelines for sanitation, safety, size, and social distancing.
- Guidelines and procedures for deep cleaning and regular sanitizing of all space used for campus ministry should be developed prior to in-person events and programs re-starting.
- Develop a plan for providing face coverings for those who arrive without one.
- All staff, volunteers, and students should wear face coverings and maintain 6 feet physical distance from all present whether gatherings are indoors or outdoors. Those who live in the same dorm room can be considered a “family unit” and can be within 6 feet of one another but must wear a face covering at all times.
- Plans for registering or accounting for students expected to attend in-person events and programs must be used in order to limit the number of youth and adults to safely social distance.
- When possible, gatherings should be held outdoors.
- Whether indoors or outdoors, a space of 36 square feet should be accounted for per “family unit” in attendance to allow for space for physically distancing as recommended by the CDC.
- CDC guidelines for overnight trips for youth, college students and young adults may be found here.
- Only prepackaged food may be served at any campus ministry events. People may remove their mask only to eat and drink, but must stay socially distanced. (source)
- Signage will be placed on all main entrance doors denoting basic guidelines for wearing masks, maintaining social distance, and only entering if symptom free.
- Campus ministry directors and their Board of Trustees should develop plans for how to enforce policies for any student, volunteer, or vendor who does not comply with policies on masking, social distancing, and being symptom free.
- It is strongly recommended that those who work with young adults encourage them to be vaccinated.
- Please note that the CDC states that all people, even fully vaccinated ones, should “wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.” All counties in Arkansas are currently considered an “area of high transmission.” (source 1, 2)