Church Affiliation:
Restoration Outreach Ministries
1905 W. Loop 281, Suite 34 | Longview, TX 75604
Elder Nakia M. Smith, Sr. Pastor
Wounded Healers Conference

We are all aware that Governor Abbott has passed an executive order to begin to Open Texas in phases and in the first phase, the church was listed as one of the entities that are able to open starting May 1, 2020. These are the protocols that will be enforced until further notified:

Health protocols for serving your attendees:

  • Strongly encourage the at-risk population to watch or participate in services remotely.
  • Designate an area inside the facility reserved for the at-risk population, or offer a service for at-risk population attendees only.

Ensure proper space between attendees:
  • Two or more members of the same household can sit adjacent to one another, with two seats (or six feet separation) empty on either side.
  • Two individuals who are not of the same household but who are attending together can sit adjacent to one another, with two seats (or six feet separation) empty on either side.
  • Alternate rows between attendees (every other row left empty).

Health protocols for your employees and volunteers:

  • Train all employees and volunteers on appropriate cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette.
  • Screen employees and volunteers before coming into the church, congregation, or place of worship:

Send home any employee or volunteer who has any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19

  • Have employees or volunteers wash or sanitize their hands upon entering.
  • Have employees or volunteers maintain at least 6 feet separation from other individuals. If such distancing is not feasible, then other measures including face covering, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, cleanliness, and sanitation should be rigorously practiced.
  • Consistent with the actions taken by many churches, congregations, and places of worship across the state, consider having employees, volunteers, and attendees wear cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth). If available, they should consider wearing non-medical grade face masks.

Health protocols for your facilities:

  • Regularly and frequently clean and disinfect any regularly touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, tables, chairs, and restrooms.
  • Disinfect seats between services.
  • Disinfect any items that come into contact with attendees.
  • Make hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water, or similar disinfectant readily available.
  • Place readily visible signage to remind everyone of best hygiene practices.
  • If a church or place of worship provides meals for employees, volunteers, or attendees, they are recommended to have the meals individually packed for each employee, volunteer, or attendee.
  • Maintain rigorous sanitation practices like disinfection, handwashing, and cleanliness when preparing or serving anything edible.

Additional In-House Protocols:

  • For the time being, all attendees are required to wear a mask during services (if you do not have one, we will have a limited amount available).
  • Greeters and the Welcome Committee will be holding the doors open to cut down on possible spread of any germs via the door handles and knobs
  • Greeters will be prepared to seat you in the appropriate section…please be patient!
  • At the end of service, you will be dismissed in sections and you are asked to exit practicing social distancing.
  • Upon exiting we are asking that you would not congregate in the parking lot and if you must talk with one another (unless you are a family unit) again practice social distancing.  
  • The Security Team will be stationed in the parking lot after services as a reminder not to tarry.