covid-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

Our latest plans and updates in building and program resumption

Covid 19 Update

Please note that all in-person Bible studies are cancelled until further notice.  





Victoria Church of the Nazarene Protocols: detailed response to WorksafeBC guidelines for Places of Worship and Day Camps

WorksafeBC protocols are listed below in boldface numbered sequence. A description of how Victoria Nazarene addresses each protocol follows each WorksafeBC recommendation.

WorksafeBC Safety Consideration 

A. Building Access

  1. We have Designated doors for entry and exit to prevent workers and others from coming into proximity with one another.

  2. We have Hand sanitizer available to workers as they enter the building.

  3. We have posted signage indicating that employees, contractors, or visitors exhibiting COVID-like symptoms are not allowed to enter the office building.

  4. We have movement protocols, room capacity signs posted, arrows and signage  set up within the building to reduce the amount of touch happening in the building, and to allow proper physical distancing

B. Workplace Operations

  1. We have provided remote work options for workers who do not require office attendance.

  2. We will avoid meetings or gatherings where physical distances cannot be maintained.

  3. We use larger rooms, moving meetings outside, or have all or some attendees attend virtually.

  4. We have positioned workers in a location that allows them to put more distance between themselves and their co-workers or customers. Arrange workstations at least 2 metres apart and away from communal pathways.

  5. We have a communal pathway that is one-directional to reduce personal interactions.

C. Workstations

  1. If necessary, install an effective barrier (e.g., plexiglass shields) between workstations.

  2. Where possible, cancel in-person meetings and hold meetings by teleconference, video conference, or email instead.

  3. Minimize sharing office space or workstations. If workers must share office space, integrate these locations into your cleaning and hygiene protocols, ensuring that frequently-touched surfaces are addressed such as the computer keyboard and mouse, desk surface, and telephone.

  4. Those handling the offerings need to sanitize their hands following the counting.


D. Communal Spaces

  1. We will ensure that whatever changes we make to the usage of communal areas is clearly communicated to workers.

  2. We have designated single-person access if entry into a constricted area is required.

  3. Limit the number of workers allowed in common areas at any one time. 

  4. Consider staggered break times to reduce large gatherings and encourage workers to take breaks at their own desk or outside. Limit or stagger workers entering change areas or rooms with assigned lockers.

  5. Encourage workers to eat outside or at their desk.

  6. Consider distancing the tables in lunchrooms, or installing plexiglass dividers at the tables. If breaching the physical distancing requirement is unavoidable, plan the work task and provide instructions to workers to ensure that time spent in close proximity is minimized.

  7. Restrict eating to a clearly identified and dedicated area with handwashing stations, cleaning and disinfectant supplies, and adequate space to maintain the physical distancing requirement.

  8. Require workers to bring their own dishes and utensils.

  9. Refrain from providing and consuming communal foods.

  10. Allow communal doors to remain open throughout the workday to reduce contact with door handles.

  11. Instruct workers to use their own equipment, such as pens, staplers, headsets, and computers.

  12. Minimize the number of people using previously shared office equipment or other items (photocopiers, coffee machines, microwave ovens, etc.). Shared equipment should be cleaned and disinfected after each use.

  13. Establish hygiene practices that address the needs of the workplace that includes the requirement to wash or sanitize hands after coming into contact with public items. Hand Sanitizer will be available upon entering, and at different places in the church

  14. High traffic areas, especially the bathroom, will be disinfected regularly. Soap dispensers and paper towels will be well-stocked for use.

  15. Hand sanitizer will be available upon entering, and at different places in the church

E. Outside Visitors

  1. Visitors to the office should be prearranged, staggered, and safety protocols should be communicated before entry (e.g., email and/or signage posted to the entrance). We will keep a record of visitors to the workplace.

  2. Post signage at the workplace to inform everyone of the measures in place.

  3. When booking appointments, visitors should be reminded to reschedule if they experience symptoms typical of COVID-19 or are placed on self-isolation.

  4. Minimize non-essential in-person interaction between workers and visitors (e.g., use of virtual meeting tools, email, or telephone).

  5. Waiting areas should be arranged to maintain physical distancing requirements. Install barriers between receptionists and visitors (e.g., plexiglass). Place markings on the floor directing visitors where to stand when approaching the front desk.

  6. Provide visitor-facing staff with hand sanitizer for their use only.

  7. Visitors should attend appointments alone and minimize time spent in the waiting area before their appointments (e.g., request visitors to wait in vehicles and text message or call when ready).

  8. For those coming in to assist with food hampers etc. they will be required to use industry-approved personal protective equipment upon entry.

  9. We have a system of movement and cleaning for those coming to use our debit machine.

  10. Beverages (coffee, tea, water) should not be offered at this time.

  11. Provide a safe place for visitors to dispose of used sanitizing wipes and other personal protective equipment.

  12. Washrooms are not open to the general public and if needed to be used in an emergency situation they need to let the office staff know so it can be cleaned.

F. Deliveries

  1. Our delivery zones are clearly identified and limited to receivers and deliverers only.

  2. Arrange for suppliers and/or delivery persons to drop off goods at the building entrance to avoid searching for business within the premises.

  3. Request contactless delivery to maintain physical distancing requirement (e.g., the delivery person leaves packages in a pre-arranged location). This option may be limited if signing or proof of receipt is required.

G. Fireside Room Small Group Meetings

  1. Our Fireside Room is available to groups of 25 people maximum.

  2. Separate exit and entrance will be designated. Hand Sanitizer will be provided at both the entrance and exit.

  3. Participants will be asked to remain in vehicles until they see the doors have been opened. 

  4. Designated Leaders are required to take attendance and date of all participants, Signage and the designated leader will address that if anyone has the following symptoms, they should not be attending: fever, chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and new muscle aches or headaches, or any other symptoms of Covid19.

  5. The room will be set-up with proper physical distancing protocol

  6. No Food or Beverages will be served.

  7. Space will be cleaned and sanitized before and after use. Following (protocols)

  8. Designated Leaders are responsible for encouraging physical distancing.

  9. Fans will be placed to create greater airflow.

  10. No singing while inside the building.

H. Sanctuary Gathering of under 50

  1. If anyone has the following symptoms, they should not be attending: fever, chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and new muscle aches or headaches, or any other symptoms of Covid19.

  2. We will limit occupancy to under 50 people.

  3. People attending the services will need to pre-register and we will have staggered entry and exit times.

  4. Hand sanitizer will be available for people to use when entering and exiting.

  5. Everyone will be asked to refrain from any sort of physical greeting, using instead a nod, smile, wave, etc.

  6. People will be allowed into the church and asked to sit down either as individuals or family units on marked locations which will be at least 6 feet apart from one another. 

  7. Markings of 6 feet will be posted on the floor, and people will be asked to use them to remain 6 feet apart while entering or exiting the building.

  8. Communion will not be served by passing of elements or inviting congregants to touch a common plate or cup.

  9. If Communion is offered participants will be encouraged to bring their own elements and take their cups and containers with them as they leave, or we may provide pre-packaged elements

  10. Bulletins, Hymnals, Papers and pens will be removed from the pews.

  11. Congregational Singing is considered a high-risk activity. If singing does occur additional physical distancing may need to occur, masks may need to be worn, or congregates will be encouraged to participate in the singing by listening versus singing along.

  12. Participants will be asked to wear non-medical face masks, especially when social distancing cannot easily be maintained, i.e. entering and exiting.

  13. A record of all participants who are attending will be made and dated.

  14. Designated bathrooms will be limited to one person at a time. Cleaning will be scheduled after each event use.

  15. Any visiting should take place outside, before or after the service, maintaining a safe physical distance of 2 metres. No Food will be served

  16. Sunday Morning Services will remain online for any preferring to continue in self-isolation and not wanting to attend in person.

  17. Ushers will indicate when people can enter and exit so that the flow of traffic maintains distancing protocols and control.

I. Children &Youth Ministry and Summer Camps

Summer Camps and other activities will be offered for kids, pre-teens, and youth. 

A. We will maximize outdoor space as much as possible

B. Only certain indoor spaces will be used and must meet the requirements that allow proper physical distancing measures (1-metre btw.each for stationary activities and 4 metres btw. each for physical activity) Proper Physical distancing must be followed by kids and leaders. 

C. Registration will happen online and will include clear policy and communication around our COVID safety plan and information for the parents/guardian(s) beforehand for them to be able to assess their child before bringing them to camp. There will also be a daily check-in at camp with parent/guardian(s) and they will be asked again about their child's health to ensure their child has no symptoms of a cold, flu, or any other COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone with any symptoms will not be able to attend or participate. Routine basic health screening of all leaders will occur daily

D. Establish policy and procedures for child or staff who become sick at camp or activity

E. Kids will be divided into smaller groups, with the same leaders to minimize the number of interactions

F. Clear protocols around ensuring proper hand hygiene will be followed Use hand sanitizer or hand washing stations, for children at entrances to camp and incorporated into the daily schedule. Provide copies of BCCDC’s Hand Hygiene poster and signage.

G. Regular Cleaning and Disinfection will occur in all used indoor spaces, and anything outdoors that is a touch service. All cleaning is in accordance with the BCCDC’s cleaning and disinfectants outlined for Public Setting

H. Toys and any other unnecessary items that cannot be cleaned properly will be removed

I. Empty Garbage Cans Daily

J. Wear disposable gloves when dealing with blood or bodily fluids

K. Signage that people are not to enter the building if they are sick

L. No Food will be served. Children can bring their own snack, lunch, and water bottle

M. Designated bathrooms only used and are cleaned and disinfected regularly

N. Use... lines, arrows, post signs, creative room configurations, language that is kids friendly (i.e. keep hands to yourself) all of these implementations will help kids remember the physical distance and movement protocols we have in place.

O. In most cases no transportation of children and youth will occur. We will aim to have kids dropped off and picked up at the location that camps and activities are happening. If transportation is needed, we must ensure proper physical distancing, and if not able to do that we must wear PPE, ensure cleaning of a vehicle before and after using BCCDC’s cleaning and disinfection protocols.

N. Respiratory etiquette will be taught and encouraged. The etiquette is as follows:

  1. Cough and Sneeze into your elbow

  2. Do not touch, eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. (teach hands below the shoulders) 

J. Food Service

At this point, we are not allowing food service but will be putting together appropriate protocols to safely prepare and serve food in the future.

June 26, 2020


Greetings to our Church family,
These past few weeks the staff and Lead team have been working on protocols to re-start ministry at the church.  A Building and Property use Resumption plan was submitted to the Church Board on June 16th.  As a result of that submission, a Resumption committee was formed.  It is composed of members of the staff, Buildings and Grounds committee and a health care professional.
The first meeting of the committee was held on June 24th.  At that meeting a goal of opening the church office was set for July 14th.   This will allow time to purchase supplies and equipment, post signs and set cleaning schedules in place.
The use of the Fireside room and Sanctuary was also discussed.  These will be addressed further at the next meeting.
Church Office Opening:
To comply with Worksafe BC and our Provincial Health office, the full opening of the church office will require some changes in the way people enter the building.  Here are some details to help you with your first visit:


  1.  Ensure that you have no symptoms of illness:  fever, cough, difficulty breathing, body aches, etc. 

  2. Enter through the glass door at the front of the building.  Please ring the bell and step back.  The door will be opened for you.  (This applies to everyone including key holders)

  3. Please use the hand sanitizer provided for you.

  4. Come to the window directly to your left as you enter the hallway, to make any requests.  (If someone is already at the window, please wait outside).  This would include, making a tithe deposit, picking up devotionals, dropping off receipts, purchasing a mask, etc.

  5. If you would like to see Pastor Calvin or Pastor Sylvia, please call, or email them to make an appointment.

  6. As you leave the building, please exit through the double doors.   There will be signs posted to help you.

We look forward to seeing more of you in the days ahead.  We have missed connecting with everyone.  If you have any questions, please call the Church office.
Next steps:

  1. The staff and Lead team will be working on a survey to find out who would like to attend a worship service, and who is willing to volunteer to help maintain protocols on those days. 

  2. The Building Resumption committee will be working on protocols to open the Fireside room for small group gatherings.  We also hope to make the back lawn available for groups to meet during the summer.

Thank you for your patience.  We wish to do this well and ensure that we keep everyone safe.