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7 February 2020 (Updated on 20 March 2020)

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PREPAREDNESS TO DECENTRALISE EASTER WEEKEND AND / OR GO FULLY ONLINE
20 March 2020


In light of the ever-changing COVID-19 situation, and Easter weekend fast approaching, The Evolution has decided to prepare our church for two contingencies:

(1) decentralise our Easter services to keep all our meetings below 150 persons, and / or

(2) go fully online the moment need arises.

This is a voluntary measure that our church is undertaking.

• Ministry of Health guidelines (as of 20 March 2020) are that gatherings and events should not exceed 250 participants from now until 30 June 2020. Additionally, we have been implementing relevant Ministry of Education enhanced guidelines as they are updated (latest update was 19 March 2020).

• Despite the heightened attention to safe distancing, we anticipate that The Evolution may continue to see a significant increase in attendance, especially of non-regular attendees, over Easter weekend.

• As such, we believe that preparing our church to decentralise and / or go fully online are our responsible courses of action during this period.

DECENTRALISATION OF EASTER WEEKEND
Instead of our usual big day services over Easter weekend, the plan will be to decentralise into smaller groups instead.

This will allow us to practice adequate physical separation and limit mixing of groups.

On Good Friday [10 April 2020]:
Multiple youth small group meetings in separate locations (group size < 20)

On Saturday [11 April 2020]:
Easter Youth Hang, 1:30pm @ The Studio (group size < 50)
Easter Play Production 2050, 7:30pm @ CoH Auditorium & Roof Terrace (for young adults and adults; group size < 70)

On Saturday [25 April 2020]:
Happy Belated Easter! Service & Play Production 2050, 3pm - 5pm
(attendees will be capped at 120, excluding operations crew of < 20)

Precautionary Measures such as disinfection, and temperature and health checks will continue at ALL decentralised meetings and activities, which you can read about here.

CHURCH WILL GO FULLY ONLINE
This option will apply to both Easter weekend and to all usual services and activities whenever the need arises. For example, if Ministry of Health mandates it or when the leadership team assesses it to be prudent.

In this scenario, church will continue but with NO in-person meetings:

• Everyone will watch service from their own homes via The Evolution Online. You can read about this here.

• Small group meetings will be conducted virtually using online apps (i.e Skype or Zoom).

• Church will shift between levels of contingency plans as the COVID-19 situation requires.
You can read about this in our “COVID-19 Precautionary Measures” (here.)

DOING OUR PART
In closing, we want to encourage church members not to be disappointed with the possible deferment of Easter weekend. This is an opportunity to deepen our definition of connection and serve others in our community. Church is still going strong, we are just doing ‘together’ in new and adaptive ways.

We would like to acknowledge our friends from all other religious groups with large congregant sizes taking greater measures for the good of the entire community. We are inspired by your actions to do our part in safeguarding Singapore.

If you have any questions, you can email us at: responseteam@theevolution.org



LAUNCH OF THE EVOLUTION ONLINE
12 March 2020


In light of the continuing COVID-19 situation, members and friends who can’t make it to church in-person can now interact with each other using the THE EVOLUTION ONLINE. platform.

• We will not be closing church or suspending services. Our church attendance is well within Ministry of Health guidelines that where possible, gatherings and events should not exceed 250 participants.* As such, we do not currently require decentralisation. Despite this, The Evolution has already been voluntarily implementing enhanced measures since 7 February to reduce group size and contact. We continue to make adjustments as needed.

*As of 20 March 2020, Ministry of Health guidelines are that all events above 250 are to be suspended from now till 30 June 2020.
Non-critical activities are to be deferred and critical activities scaled down. These have been accounted for in our updated Precautionary Measures here.

• There are currently no suspected or confirmed cases in The Evolution. The reasons we are launching Church Online are:

(1) Preemptive, in the event the situation escalates and in-person services are no longer possible.

(2) Protection of our youth and Peace of Mind for parents. We recognise the heightened attention, concern and news reports over large scale gatherings, especially cases linked to religious gathering clusters.

(3) Platform for members who are unable to come to services, say due to being asked to voluntarily stay home due to flu-like symptoms.

• Church Online is an extension NOT replacement for in-person services. The Evolution still believes in the Sabbath—which includes meeting together to worship God. But, we also believe in social responsibility at this time, especially for the most vulnerable in our communities.

• Our hope is that the same amazing service life, attitude and atmosphere that is so loved in our church will be duplicated in our online meetings—“like you're in church, no matter where you are”.

IF YOU ARE A PARENT,
We want you to know that your child’s safety and well-being is always OUR PRIORITY.

• We have great precautionary measures in place not only for entry into church services, but church activities in general, and enhanced measures for youth which you can read about here.

• Our precautionary measures fully comply with MOH’s advisory and are constantly revised with the most updated changes. We have also implemented guidelines from both Business Federation of Singapore and the Ministry of Education.

• We will continue to assess the situation moving forward and consider your peace of mind in running our services.

If you have any questions, you can email us at: responseteam@theevolution.org



COVID-19 PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES
7 February 2020
[Updated on 24 March 2020]


Important updates to Ministry of Health Advisory Guidelines:

20 March 2020: All events above 250 are suspended, and non-critical activities must be deferred and critical activities scaled down. This will be in effect till 30 June 2020.

24 March 2020: All religious services are suspended, and gatherings outside of work or school must to be limited to <10 persons with safe distancing. This will be in effect till 30 April 2020.

These changes have been accounted for in The Evolution’s Easter plans and COVID-19 Precautionary Measures.

1. Precautionary Measures
In line with the Ministry of Health’s advisory guidelines:

a) Church is suspending in-person services and limiting gathering sizes to <10 (where applicable) until further notice.

b) When church in-person services and activities are permitted, please do not attend if: 

a) In the past 14 days, you have travelled to Hubei and / or a country(s) mandating a Singapore government issued Quarantine Order or Stay Home Notice upon return. No participation in church services / activities for 14 days from the day of your return or until Stay Home Notice [SHN] or Quarantine Order [QO]^ has ended (whichever is later).

^Penalty for an offence under Singapore government SHN and QO regulations is a fine of up to $10,000 or imprisonment of up to six months or both.
b) In the past 14 days, you have had close contact* with someone who has travelled to Hubei and / or a country(s)* mandating a Singapore government issued Quarantine Order or Stay Home Notice upon return.

*Close contact is defined as having spent 30 minutes with a person within a 2-metre radius.
No participation in church services / activities or in-person contact with other church members** for 14 days from the day of last contact or until the Quarantine Order or Stay Home Notice has ended (whichever is earlier).

**No in-person contact with other church members is an in-house enhanced measure that The Evolution is undertaking.
c) You have come in close contact* with any suspected / confirmed cases of the COVID-19 or someone who has been issued a Quarantine Order by the Singapore government.

*Close contact is defined as having spent 30 minutes with a person within a 2-metre radius.
No participation in church services / activities or in-person contact with other church members** for 14 days from the day of last contact, or until Quarantine Order has ended (whichever is earlier).

**No in-person contact with other church members is an in-house enhanced measure that The Evolution is undertaking.
d) You feel unwell or experience any / are on medical leave for flu-like symptoms (fever, sore throat, cough, runny nose and shortness of breath).

Please seek medical attention immediately and take time to rest and fully recuperate at home.
No participation in church services / activities or in-person contact with other church members** until symptoms have resolved and medical leave has ended (whichever is later).

**No in-person contact with other church members is an in-house enhanced measure that The Evolution is undertaking.


List of countries mandating a Singapore Government issued 14-day Quarantine Order or Stay Home Notice upon return
[Updated on 18 March 2020]:

• Quarantine Order: Hubei (Mainland China)
• Stay Home Notice [starting Friday, 20 March 2020, 11:59pm]: ALL countries and regions

Services are live-streamed every week via The Evolution Online..
You can still participate in service virtually, even if you cannot be with us in-person.

2. Temperature and Health Checks
a) Before entry into service
There will be temperature and health checks for all.

• You will need to fill in an electronic Health Declaration form which includes questions on your travel and contact history,
and current state of heath.
• Ushers will administer your temperature check before allowing entry into the church premises.
• If you have a fever or flu-like symptoms, you will be asked to go home to rest.

b) During Service
• If you are unwell, please proceed to “Medical Care Room” (Meeting Room I) located at the back of the auditorium.
• The Medical Clearance Officer on duty will assist you with getting medical attention or getting home.

c) On all other days, temperature and health checks are done TWICE daily.
• You, along with our staff and any visitor, will need to complete temperature and health checks before entry into our premise
and when leaving.
• If you have a fever or flu-like symptoms, you will be asked to go home to rest.

3. Safety of Church Premises
a) There will be disinfecting of church premises pre and post service, and on weekdays.

b) Points of frequent contact, such as elevator buttons and door handles, will be sterilised regularly.

c) Hand sanitiser will be provided at common areas.

d) Windows and doors will be opened after services and activities for ventilation.

e) Precautionary Measures, Good Hygiene & Safe Distancing reminders are displayed throughout the premise, will be posted from time to time on our social media platforms, and talked about at church services and activities.

4. Safe Distancing
a) Non-critical activities will be deferred and critical activities scaled down.

b) Physical separation will apply to seating arrangements at services and activities.

c) Holy Communion is suspended.

d) Members will be reminded in services and activities to avoid physical contact (i.e. handshakes), and reduce duration and proximity of physical interactions.

e) Senior Citizens have been asked to avoid all in-person services and activities. You will receive assistance whenever needed, in setting up and learning how to use your The Evolution Online account.

5. Enhanced Measures for Teens and Youth
a) In line with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education guidelines, since 7 February 2020, we have suspended any large communal activities.

a) In line with the Ministry of Health’s advisory, since 20 March 2020, we have been reducing the frequency and duration of small group meetings and limiting the mixing of groups.

a) When needed, in-person small group meetings will be conducted virtually instead using online apps (i.e Zoom).

a) Connect group leaders have been instructed to be vigilant. If aware that a member under them is unwell or has flu-like symptoms or has returned from travel to an affected country, leaders will immediately ask that member to stay home to rest and voluntarily stay-away from all in-person contact with any church members. This will ensure that everyone, including teens and youth, are as protected as possible.

e) We will continue to update these measures and implement further safeguards as necessary.

6. Contingency Plans
We have multiple levels of contingency plans ready to be implemented as the COVID-19 situation changes:

LEVEL 1: No personal contact. Church services and activities will ONLY be online.

LEVEL 2: Decentralisation of service into smaller groups. For example, we will meet in groups of 20 - 50* to watch Church Online together.

LEVEL 3: In-Person Service. We will continue to have service so long as attendance is below 250*. Church Online will be available to everyone who is unable to attend service because of flu-like symptoms, Singapore government mandated LOA, SHN or QO, or contact with anyone on Singapore government mandated LOA, SHN or QO.

*Group size will be adjusted as Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education updates its advisory guidelines.

7. Contact Tracing Measures
a) Our temperature and health check system, and attendance system for all church services and activities have been designed to include measures for ease of contact tracing.

b) Our CCTV security system covers all areas of the church premise, including entry points, storing footage for up to 14 days.

c) Should a situation arise, our response team will immediately be able to provide authorities with needed information.

d) You are encouraged to download Singapore's TraceTogether mobile app here.

8. Emergency Response Team
The Evolution’s Emergency Response Team will monitor the COVID-19 situation closely, updating our protocols as advised by the Ministry of Health and relevant bodies.

Latest updates will be made though our connect group leaders, The Evolution’s Telegram channel and our social media platforms.

If you have any questions, you can email us at: responseteam@theevolution.org