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PLUC Meeting Precaution document


as of 5/16/2020

To Friends using PLUC for recovery meetings in this time of Covid-19:

PLUC intends to maintain full compliance with:

Executive Order 2020-77 (COVID-19) Temporary requirement to suspend certain

activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life,9309,7-387-90499_90705-528460--,00.html

The most recent executive order provides an exception to permit participation in

recovery groups:

“7. Exceptions. a. Individuals may leave their home or place of residence, and

travel as necessary: 16. To attend a meeting of an addiction recovery mutual aid

society, provided that no more than 10 people are in attendance.”

PLUC will continue to monitor future executive orders and revise these guidelines as


Portage Lake United Church understands the importance of the recovery groups that

utilize our space. The church views supporting recovery meetings as a priority and

important part of the church ministry. We are blessed by the presence of so many

groups being able to use our facilities as a place of healing and growth. Members of

PLUC benefit from the availability of these important meetings held here.

Group Conscience Agreement

PLUC requires that all groups that want to resume meeting at PLUC enter into an

agreement concerning covid-19 policies and procedures. Each group should engage in

a group conscience decision concerning its willingness to agree and commit to strictly

adhering to the guidelines established by PLUC. This is for the protection of all groups

that intend to use PLUC and for the broader community which could be impacted as a

result of transmission of the virus.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact pastor Peter

Norland, at 905-370-3558.

For more information on coronavirus and how to say healthy see the following sources:

● Governor Whitmer Executive Order,9309,7-387-90499_90705-528460--,00.html

● Western Upper Peninsula Health Department. (906) 487-5545 or

● The State of Michigan’s corona virus website:

● The U.S. Center for Disease Control

Agreement for use of facilities of Portage Lake United Church

for the duration of Executive Order 2020-77

1. Anyone entering the building must wear a face mask. There are to be no exceptions to

this requirement which provides protection for all meeting participants.

2. When possible limit the size of group meetings. The current maximum meeting size is

10 per the executive order 2020-77.

3. Protect one another by practicing careful hygiene including:

Frequent handwashing and/or use of hand sanitizer.

Covering coughs and sneezes with tissue and/or elbow.

4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

5. When meeting, observe social distancing: Keep appropriate distance--attempt to keep

6 to 10 feet between members. Limit physical contact between members (handshaking,

hugs, etc...).

6. Wipe down surfaces with the church supplied disinfectants and paper towels before

and after the meeting. It is preferable to not dry the surface and allow the surfaces to

dry by evaporation.

7. The groups will not prepare and share meals or coffee during this time period to protect

all members of your group.

8. We recommend that groups supplement in person meetings with an online/virtual

component using Zoom, Free Conference Call services, Google Hangouts, Skype or

similar to enhance social distancing and to prepare for potential further limitations in

terms of meeting in person and to protect those who due to being at high risk chooses

not to meet in person.

9. Following State and Federal health recommendations, if you feel ill, please refrain from

meeting participation or find a way to join the meeting via cell phone or online meeting


10. If a group member tests positive for the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus

2 (SARS-CoV-2) that causes the Covid19 disease, the group will contact pastor Peter

Norland, at 905-370-3558 immediately so that the church can alert other groups and

consider what actions should be taken to ensure overall community safety.

11. The group will read the sanitary procedures at the beginning and end of the meeting.

12. The group agrees to enforce compliance with these rules within their group.

By taking care to follow these guidelines and practices, we hope to move through this

crisis allowing our shared space to be a place of hope and healing.


By group conscience, the ______________________________________ group,

which meets on these week days and times:


in room(s) [ ]Fellowship Hall [ ]Choir Room [ ]Sanctuary [ ]Lounge [ ]Nursery

agrees to follow the above guidelines and ensure that all group members maintain



By group conscience, the ______________________________________ group,

which previously met on these week days and times:


respects the wishes of the church but has decided to find another venue to meet and

understands that they are welcome to return to meet at the church at a future time

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