First Open Bible is currently meeting digitally online for all services, Connect Groups, & Bible Study groups. As of 5.15.2020, Linn County has begun reopening with Phase 1. We are still under strict guidelines from Gov. Reynolds.
FIRST OPEN BIBLE RE-ENTRY STRATEGY
We will return to in-person services at First Open Bible using a phased approach. Pastor Harris and the Board of Elder’s at First Open Bible have developed a phased strategy to reopen through three (3) phases. These phases were developed with mindfulness of the current trends with Coronavirus in our area. The phases and criteria are subject to change based on the disease trends in our county. Pastor Harris and the Board of Elders will be weekly reevaluating the pandemic in Linn County. Any changes will be communicated by Pastor Harris to the First Open Bible congregation.
Listed first are recommendations from the CDC and state government for this phase. These recommendations were taken into consideration when planning Phase 1 for First Open Bible.
According to the CDC and Iowa’s Governor –
1. Public social settings of more than 10 people are prohibited. 6-foot strict physical distancing protocols is enforced.
2.Specific type of employers: daycares, camps, etc. are currently closed and will remain closed. Schools and organized youth activities remain closed.
3.Senior living and hospitals are prohibited to interact with residents.
4.Large venues (sit down, dining, places of worship, sporting venues, gyms) – up to the state’s governor.
5.Common areas are closed for use or enforce strict social distancing protocols.
6.Minimize non-essential travel to adhere to CDC guidelines.
7.Places of worship can resume under strict protocols as directed by the state governor and advised to use discretion.
8.Continue to telework when possible for business operations.
CHURCH SERVICES: Remain online only.
KID’S SERVICES: Remain online only.
YOUTH SERVICES: Remain online only.
FOOD PANTRY: Continue operations using strict social distancing guidelines.
CONNECT GROUPS: Remain online only.
BIBLE STUDY GROUPS: Remain online only.
OFFICE HOURS/STAFFING: Normal operation hours. One office staff worker, remaining staff teleworking. Minimize non-essential travel. VISITATIONS: Prohibited interaction at hospitals, senior living, care centers and residential homes. Strict social guidelines in place if visit is essential.
EXTRA EVENTS: Strict social guidelines in place if event is essential.