The recent CoVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic has forced many organizations to consider changes in how they operate, interact, and work. Our denominational office is no different.
As of 3/17/20, the following actions have been taken by The Brethren Church National Office to reduce the spread of disease, as well as to protect those we may come in contact with:
• All travel by National Office staff (including travel by Regional Resource Coordinators) halted through the end of April 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation and may extend this period if the situation deems it necessary.
• The national staff has the option to work from home during this period voluntarily. If the Governor of Ohio instructs organizations to work from home by mandate, we will abide. Currently, the CDC and the State of Ohio are recommending no gatherings of 10 or more. Our in-office staff numbers 9. Should the recommendation drop further, we will move to a mandatory work-from-home option. Our service to churches (phone access, mail, etc.) is not expected to be interrupted should that occur.
• Because our staff numbers are so close to the number officials are recommending to avoid gathering, our staff is practicing proper social distancing, and not meeting together in one room currently. Staff meetings are already being held virtually, and any smaller meetings are being held with health social distancing practices enacted.
• Staff members exhibiting any signs of any sickness (cough, fever, sneezing, runny nose, etc.) are strictly prohibited from coming in to work.
• Meetings with outside groups, social gatherings, and use of Brethren Church National Office gathering spaces are halted until further notice. This includes the use of Brethren Church conference rooms.
• Our staff has adopted a daily disinfecting routine throughout our spaces, thoroughly disinfecting every solid surface in the building and entrances.
These are unknown times, but know that we are committed to the life and health of all people, not just ourselves. As a people that value life, we want to exercise care, even if preventatively, for ourselves and those who may be vulnerable around us. Please continue to be in prayer for Brethren around the globe who are navigating this health crisis.