Responding to COVID-19

Caring for your Community Without Spreading Coronavirus

Comments and concerns to
Updated 4/30/2020

As we make an effort to meet the needs of those in our community, everyone engaging in physical ministry should ensure that they have access to and know how to properly use the following:

  • Mask
    • Due to shortages of the preferred N95 and surgical masks, we recommend using washable cloth masks, with or without a filter insert. Ensure that you wash your mask daily and remove it without touching the front of the mask.  Practice wearing it without ever touching it or your face around it.  Refer to these CDC guidelines on how to properly wear masks.
  • Gloves
    • Single-use latex or nitrile gloves are preferable, but in short supply. Any gloves are better than none if and only if you are mindful of what you touch with your gloves. Follow CDC guidelines on how to properly remove gloves to prevent spreading any virus to your hands.
  • Hand sanitizer
    • While thorough handwashing is preferable, use hand sanitizer when you do not have access to soap and water.
  • Spray bottle of 0.1% bleach or 60% rubbing alcohol.
    • It’s best if you can have one of each. 0.1% bleach (total sodium hypochlorite concentration) should be made fresh daily. 60% or 70% alcohol is usable, but a higher alcohol content is not better.  Avoid 91% isopropanol because it evaporates too quickly.

General guidelines for physical ministry

  • Restrict the total number of places you go.
  • Avoid touching anything you don’t have to.
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance between yourself and another person.
  • Avoid spending more than 15 minutes face-to-face with another person.
  • Avoid entering another person’s apartment unnecessarily.


If you must…


Enter another person’s apartment don’t touch anything. Wear a mask. Leave as soon as possible (less than 15 minutes)
Spend time with another person wait two weeks from the last time you were in public. Limit your social interactions to people who share your “world:” Shop at the same grocery store, live in the same building, visit the same park. Also limit to people who you trust have also been following these rules as closely as possible for at least two weeks. Meet outdoors. Sit side-by-side, not face-to-face. Limit meetings to 15 minutes.
Drive a passenger have them sit in the back seat and insist that they practice good respiratory hygiene (or give them a mask). Clean the door handles and any other surfaces that might have been exposed to respiratory droplets using 0.5% bleach solution.