With a recent surge in Covid-19 cases in Santa Barbara County and California, harsher restrictions have been set in place and regulations have tightened. While Masses are currently taking place outdoors, Our Lady of Sorrows is preparing for indoor Masses when the time comes.
The need for Our Lady of Sorrows’ Masses is even more important during the pandemic. With all the uncertainty in the world today, more and more people look to the church for direction and stability. The parish is faced with the challenge of supporting their community while taking all the necessary steps to keep their congregation safe and healthy. At a minimum, the ability to reopen indoor spaces requires adherence to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles (ADLA) and county guidelines. However, to effectively minimize the risk of a Covid-19 outbreak, going above and beyond these guidelines is essential.
Our Lady of Sorrows worked with Sani Technology to go above and beyond ADLA and county guidelines to implement preventative safety measures. This will allow the church to safely reopen its doors at limited capacity for indoor Mass. This was done in tandem with live streaming online Mass and holding outdoor ceremonies for members of their community, in the meantime.
To ensure safe air quality levels for its parishioners, Sani Technology has installed APS 1000 Airocide devices that constantly sanitize the air, eliminating viruses, bacteria, mold spores, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The ability for Covid-19 to stay in the air for up to three hours, makes it essential to utilize medical-grade air sanitation technology that effectively decontaminates indoor spaces.
Our Lady of Sorrows has implemented routine sanitation schedules, automated decontamination devices and educational parameters to remind staff, volunteers and members of the safety practices that will be continuously followed.
The first step was adhering to ADLA and county regulations to reopen indoor Mass. This includes mask requirements, constant cleaning of high-touch areas and proper social distancing practiced among all members. Floor markings to instruct members of where they can walk and sit have been placed properly throughout the church. Signage reminding members to wash and sanitize their hands frequently has been clearly displayed to encourage best practices among its congregation.
Indoor Mass will only be held at 10%, with no more than 83 individuals occupying the Church at once. Two closed rows separate each row that is open to a household or individual, enforcing social distancing. As guests come in, they are met by motion sensor hand sanitizer stands, which they are required to use before entry. The ushers and staff members also make sure that all guests observe and properly wear masks and practice social distancing requirements.
Anti-microbial tape has been placed on high-touch areas—such as the door handles of entrances and restrooms—and is used to mitigate the growth of harmful microbes on these surfaces. High-frequency sanitation cycles have also been scheduled to eliminate any harmful bacteria or virus growth on surfaces. Lastly, they have scheduled routine audits by Sani Technology to consistently monitor air and surface quality levels and inspect Covid-19 preventative practices.
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