MVF Homecoming CV19

This page contains links to various state/local regulations that apply to MVF. We will try to keep this updated as much as possible.

Also includes some general articles to help with perspective and information on CV19.

MVF's Priorities in deciding our CV19 Response & Reopening

  • Glorify God
  • Protect and invigorate our community’s spiritual & physical health
  • Help those who are at-risk to remain safe and be a part of our community
  • Ensure effective outreach for people now seeking God
  • Foster relationships (have you heard this priority before?)
  • Respect federal, state and local authorities

Colorado DPHE

As of June 5, 2020

M.Houses of Worship. Houses of worship are encouraged to implement electronic platforms to conduct services whenever possible or to conduct more frequent services of 10 people or less to allow for compliance with Social Distancing Requirements. Effective June 4, 2020, houses of worship may open to 50% of the posted occupancy limit indoors not to exceed 50 people, whichever is less, per room, while meeting the 6 feet distancing requirements in every direction between non-household members. For outdoor worship services, a house of worship must maintain 6 feet distance between non-household members and work with the appropriate local authority to obtain approval for the maximum number of individuals who may attend in the designated outdoor space. In addition to meeting the requirements of Section II.I of this Order, houses of worship shall also meet the following requirements:

1.Face coverings are strongly encouraged to be worn by staff, volunteers and congregants while on the premises of the house of worship, except for children 2 years old and under, those with trouble breathing, or those unable to remove a mask without assistance.

2.Houses of worship should follow the Colorado Department of Health and Environment Cleaning Guidance, as well as the CDC guidelines for Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility in preparing their buildings prior to, during, and following any gathering. Restrooms and the worship space, particularly any metal or plastic on chairs, and all high touch surfaces or shared objects must be cleaned and disinfected between services.

  • Appendix J - Relates to MVF Kids


I. Effective June 1, 2020, summer camps and sports camps may open for business if the camp operator can demonstrate compliance with the requirements in this Appendix.

A.Prior to hosting a camp, the camp operators must create a plan that implements all of the following:

1.All activities, including recreation, transportation, and food service must comply with the following restrictions:a.Groups of campers are limited to 25 or fewer outdoors, and 10 or fewer indoors per room, and shall not mix with other groups.b.Six feet physical distancing is required at all times, which may limit further the size of the group due to the size of the space.c.Require face coverings during transportation in camp vehicles to and from the camp.

2.For staff and camper health and safety:a.Provide adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff who supervise and care for ill campers, staff, and volunteers.b.Determine the staffing needs, including the availability of substitute staff if staff or volunteers become ill or are exposed.c.Ensure space is available to isolate ill staff and campers (cots, bedding, restrooms, and supervision).d.Ensure the on-call availability of a nurse or health care professional.e.Establish protocols for responding and reporting cases to health care staff, local public health authorities, and CDPHE.f.Prepare procedures for closures following a case or outbreak of COVID-19.g.Provide access to or sufficient supplies of all of the following:i.public restrooms, drinkable water sources, and picnic or other eating areas during activities at outdoor locations;ii.handwashing/hand sanitizing locations; andiii.adequate cleaning and disinfecting suppliesh.Train camp staff and volunteers on the requirements of this Order, as well as prevention, transmission, and care of COVID-19 illness.3.Single-night overnight excursions are permitted so long as the campers and staff remain strictly cohorted.

B.Camp operators must meet all of the following requirements while camps are in session:1.Staff, volunteer and camper health.a.Screen staff, volunteers and campers for symptoms and close-contact exposures upon arrival. Exclude ill individuals from the camp, and encourage them to use the CDPHE Symptom Tracker.Staff or volunteers sent home must adhere to isolation and exclusion requirements.c.Establish protocols for staff, volunteers and campers to alert health care staff of symptoms in themselves or campers.d.Determine if any staff or volunteers are at a higher risk for COVID-19 and consider whether job duties that don’t involve interaction with others are advisable.2.Require staff, volunteers and campers to do all of the following:a.Remain with the same group of campers and maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet whenever possible, including during meals and recreation;b.Wash hands upon arrival, before eating, and at regular intervals throughout the day;c.Stagger activities as much as possible to avoid any mixing of groups, andd.Wear masks or face coverings whenever possible.3.Post signs or mark spaces to ensure 6 foot minimum distancing, and limit any activities that are not conducive to maintaining this distance.4.Educate campers as needed on COVID-19 prevention, including respiratory etiquette and good hygiene, in accordance with public health guidance.5.Ensure sufficient cleaning and disinfecting of commonly touched surfaces, equipment, and vehicles throughout the camp.6.Provide frequent communication with all families of enrolled campers related to the occurrences of COVID-19 at the camp, the camp’s responses, and all issues in the public health order.

Limiting Church Liability

Perhaps more important than the legal liability, is the ministry liability

  • Concern for the health of people and spread of CV19
  • First for the vulnerable who want to worship
  • Second for the vulnerable who will be in contact with those who did worship

A way to look at the restrictions:

  • Wearing mask/keeping distance/cleaning is an extension of loving others

Tort Litigation cases usually center on 4 factors:

  • Standard of care or duty - did the organization perform it's duty/responsibility?
  • Breach of the standard of care - organization failed to follow it's duty/responsibility/regulations/procedures
  • Causation - the breach caused the issue
  • Damage - the break resulted in damage, injury or death

In MVF's case and the CV19 situation:

  • Standard of care - defined first by the state/local regulations, and then by MVF's procedures
  • Breach if we don't follow them
  • Causation - would be difficult to establish... unless many people get sick and the common point is MVF

To help with this:

  • Show MVF acted reasonably (not reckless), good faith effort of following regulations

Components of the Calculus of CV19

  • Controllable elements
    • Space - proximity & physical touch points
    • Time - duration of exposure
    • Intentisty - types of exposure
  • Not controllable
    • Individual transmission/susceptibility
    • Early/evolving scientific knowledge & things not yet understood