March 11, 2020
Coronavirus Preparations & Guidelines
In view of the recent developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to keep you abreast of what the church is doing to address it. Please be assured that the health and safety of our community is our first priority and we are taking precautions to keep everyone safe. In times like these it is important to listen to facts and not respond to fear.
As this is a public health safety concern, we are following the directives of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as well as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Times Square Church has been preparing in several ways:
- We have placed hand sanitizing stations in our main traffic areas and we are asking congregants not to shake hands and keep physical contact to a minimum.
- We will be distributing communion in sealed packaging.
- We are disinfecting highly-touched surface areas, such as doors, stair rails, counters, bathrooms, desks, counters etc.
- We are ensuring we have adequate hygiene and cleaning materials so that bathrooms are continuously stocked with soap and paper towels.
- TSC Kids is taking extra precautions sanitizing all surfaces, toys, classrooms and bathrooms used by our children. They will ask parents with sick children to take them home. They will keep children who develop symptoms in a supervised space apart from the other children until the child is picked up by parents.
- We have instructed our staff and volunteers to wash their hands regularly throughout the day and to stay home if they are sick.
- We will be providing facemasks to be used if a congregant or staff member exhibits symptoms and requires isolation prior to transport to a doctor and/or testing.
- We have cancelled meetings and activities consisting primarily of people in vulnerable groups, e.g. Seniors Prayer & Fellowship on Wednesday; Compassion and Care meetings on Friday and Sunday.
- We are prepared, to continue to live stream two of our weekly church services, our Sunday 10AM and Tuesday 7PM prayer service, if public health officials put a temporary halt to public meetings.
- Most importantly, we are prepared to follow any public health directives that might be forthcoming.
It is critical that we all continue to practice general prevention measures recommended by public health officials:
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you need a coronavirus test, call 844-NYC-4NYC. Cost will not be a barrier to testing and treatment in New York City.
If You Feel Sick, Stay at Home
- If you do not feel better in 24–48 hours, seek care from your doctor.
- Avoid going out in public. Do not go to school or work until you have been fever-free at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing drugs like Tylenol or ibuprofen.
- If you need help getting medical care, call 311.
- NYC will provide care regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.
Special Guidance for Vulnerable Congregants
- The City is advising those with chronic lung disease, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or a weakened immune system to avoid unnecessary events and gatherings.
- If you have family or friends who have one of these conditions, do not visit them if you feel sick.
For more information and updates, visit:
NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Helpful Fact Sheet:
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It’s important we come together as a church community and support one another as well as other New Yorkers during this time. Isaiah 26:3 says “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.” He is our peace.
Join us in praying for our city and for all those affected by this virus as well as health care providers, and caregivers. Let our peace and our hope encourage those who don’t know Christ and be a catalyst to their wanting to know Him.