Bethel COVID-19 Updates

Bethel Harvest Coronavirus Updates

BHC COVID-19 Update - May 20th, 2020

BHC PHASE 1 GUIDELINES

General Guidelines

  • If you are ill, experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, immune compromised, or simply uneasy about large gatherings, please continue to participate in the life of Bethel through the online experience.
  • If you are over the age of 65, the CDC has recommended you avoid large gatherings. However, you are welcome to join Bethel in person or online. We believe it is your decision.
  • All youth 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult family member at all times. 
  • We recommend everyone attending in-person wear a face mask. We will have face masks readily available if you don’t have your own. All our staff and volunteers serving you on that day will wear a face mask. No one under the age of 2 years, with breathing difficulties or needing assistance to remove a mask should wear a mask per CDC recommendations. 
  • Our doors will open at 9:45 am. Please remain in your car until that time. At 9:45 am, our host team will promptly welcome you as you enter the church building. 
  • Doors at the main entrance to the building, sanctuary doors and bathroom doors will be propped open to reduce contact.
  • Upon entering the building, please be mindful of social distancing. To the best of your ability honor a distance of 6 feet between yourself and others not in your family. 
  • Please refrain from shaking hands or hugging others outside your family unit. 

• Central Hub will be closed during Phase 1 of our re-opening. If you have a question or need assistance, please either text (859) 446-7684 or email help@bhcfamily.com.

Seating Guidelines

  • Seating is limited based upon capacity. Our goal is to get everyone into the sanctuary to the best of our ability. Once the sanctuary is at capacity, we will have the Care room set up for overflow with the service broadcast on a tv in the room. 
  • The sanctuary is arranged to accommodate social distancing for different sizes of families. To help navigate the seating process, a host or hostess will help you to your seat. 
  • If you will have small children in attendance with you and you think they would be more comfortable on the floor in front of you rather than in a chair, please notify your host. This will help in increasing the number of people we can seat in the sanctuary. 
  • We will provide markers on the lobby floor to identify the line for seating in accordance with 6 foot social distancing. 
  • Based upon survey results, we will provide sections for both those wearing masks and those not wearing masks. Facial masks are a controversial topic and we choose to love and honor those on both sides of the belief system. We ask that you do the same. :-)
  • During worship, we ask that you remain at your seat. Your seat is your altar!
  • At the end of service, please remain seated until a host or hostess releases your section to exit. 

Amenities Guidelines

  • The coffee ministry will be closed.
  • Bathroom facilities will be at a reduced capacity. We ask that you only use the restroom if the need arises. 
  • Bathrooms will be monitored and a system for disinfecting after use will be in place. Please be attentive to instructional signs located in the bathroom. 
  • Water fountains will be shut down and covered. 
  • Hand sanitizer, masks and tissues will be made available to everyone. 
  • Areas of the building not in use will be closed off. Please honor signs marking an area as no entry.

Tithes & Offerings Guidelines

  • We are a generous people and we are so appreciative of your giving over the past couple of months. For those of you that transitioned to giving through PushPay, Thank You! PushPay is a convenient and safe way to bring your tithes and offerings into the storehouse!
  • For those that prefer to give through cash or check during our in-person services, we will have a volunteer with an offering receptacle stationed at the back doors on either side of the sanctuary.  


Parents With Children In Attendance

  • There will be no bKidz ministry for any age groups. 
  • All youth 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult family member at all times. 
  • We encourage parents to bring personal electronic devices with headphones so their children can engage in the bKidz video lesson posted online. 
  • We will offer a small bag of activity pages to aid parents in engaging their child’s attention during service. 
  • For parents who need a less noise-restrictive environment for their child, there will be a family room setup with tables appropriately spaced for social distancing. Parents will be able to watch service on a tv in the room. At no time should a child be left in this room unattended by an adult family member. 
  • Parents, if you choose to bring snacks for your child, we ask that you bring enough for everyone…kidding. But please make sure it is a dry snack such as goldfish and water only in a lidded container. 


Resources & Opportunities


  • If you are 60+ years of age or have an Auto-Immune Issue and need help with errands or groceries, email us at help@bhcfamily.com


  • If you are a member of Bethel and you want to find out how you can serve during this time, email us at help@bhcfamily.com



  • Join us on FB Live Sundays at 10am, 3pm & 7pm for our weekend Worship Services


  • Join us Monday - Friday on FB Live at Noon




  • Click Here to join Alfonso Gonzalez's Virtual Group Fitness on Mon, Wed & Fri at 6am on Zoom


  • Click Here to join Nicole Field's Virtual Cardio Burn on Tue, Thur & Sat at 1pm on Zoom


  • Click Here to join our Parent Time Out to connect with other parents on Tuesday at 8:30pm

Food, Diapers & Utilities Support

  • Click Here to visit Blue Grass Community Action of Jessamine County and Surrounding Area or call at 859-885-3512


Unemployment Information

For Kentucky Unemployment Insurance Information visit https://kcc.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Small Business Resources

Here is some information small businesses can utilize:

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The EIDL application has been streamlined and takes about 15-30 minutes to complete:

https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/


We know you are facing challenging times in this current health crisis. The U.S. Small Business Administration is committed to help bring relief to small businesses and nonprofit organizations suffering because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 


On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the CARES Act, which provided additional assistance for small business owners and non-profits, including the opportunity to get up to a $10,000 Advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). This Advance may be available even if your EIDL application was declined or is still pending, and will be forgiven.


If you wish to apply for the Advance on your EIDL, please visit www.SBA.gov/Disaster as soon as possible to fill out a new, streamlined application. In order to qualify for the Advance, you need to submit this new application even if you previously submitted an EIDL application. Applying for the Advance will not impact the status or slow your existing application.


 

EIDL:

The SBA has expanded their Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. Certain companies may qualify for a $10,000 advance on these loans that does not have to be repaid. The 10k forgivable advance is limited and will be done on a first come, first serve basis for those who qualify. 

It would be beneficial to complete the streamlined application online as quickly as possible to secure our spot in line. Even if you receive the 10k advance but are ultimately denied the loan, the 10k does not have to be repaid.  


PPP:

There will also be assistance available through the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) that is part of what was signed into law on March 27, 2020. PPP loans are 100% federally guaranteed loans for small businesses intended for companies to maintain their payroll levels and allow partial loan forgiveness, as described below. The loans are available until June 30, 2020 for eligible companies to cover the cost of:

· Payroll

· Health care benefits and related insurance premiums

· Employee compensation (with some limitations for employees with salaries over $100,000 and exclusions for employees based outside the U.S.)

· Mortgage interest obligations (but not principal)

· Rent and utilities

· Interest on debt incurred prior to the loan

The maximum amount of a PPP loan available to each borrower is equal to the lesser of:

· $10 million, or

· 2.5 x its average total monthly payroll costs, as defined in the Act. 


Unlike most typical SBA loans, the PPP Loans are unsecured loans requiring no collateral, no personal guarantee, and no showing that credit is unavailable elsewhere. The PPP loan, to the extent not forgiven, has a maximum 10-year term and the interest rate may not exceed 4%. PPP loans will be made available through SBA-approved lenders, who must offer a 6-12 month deferment on payment of principal, interest, and fees. 

A borrower of a PPP loan is eligible for loan forgiveness for amounts spent during the 8-week period after the origination date, subject to proper documentation, on

(i)    rent,

(ii)   defined payroll costs,

(iii)  mortgage interest, and

(iv)  utilities, not to exceed the principal of the loan. 


The amount of the PPP loan forgiveness may be reduced if the borrower reduces the number of employees or salaries and wages (for employees with annual salaries less than $100,000) during the 8-week period following the origination of the loan. 


We would contact an SBA-approved lender if we are interested in seeking assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program.