Eastgate Christian Centre

Covid Response

All are welcome

Dedicated Mask Wearing Area

We continue striving to be a church for everyone, where all can comfortably worship and connect with God. We are now providing a gathering area for those who, for health or personal reasons, prefer to be around others who are also masked.

At our 9:00am, 10:45am and 5:30pm services, the far side section of the auditorium will be reserved for those choosing to keep their masks up for the whole of the service.

To be seated in the Mask-up area, we ask that you:

• Arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of the service
• Enter either through the main entrances OR the auditorium door to the car park at the far (northern) end of the building. This will take you directly into the dedicated area. These will be left slightly ajar 8:40-8:55am and 10:25-10:40am. Outside of these times you will need to use the usual entrance ways.
• You may exit through the same door from the back of the auditorium.

For those who prefer to wear masks but are happy to be seated in the general area, please continue to do that as you feel comfortable. For those who prefer not to wear masks at all, you are still welcome to be unmasked outside of the reserved seating area, in the majority of seating in the auditorium.

General Mask Wearing

We strongly encourage mask wearing for all indoor gatherings for all those in attendance.

Under RED and ORANGE Staff and Volunteer teams are required to wear masks at all gatherings over 25 persons.  Under GREEN face masks are optional.

What to do if you attended a service where a Covid postive person was also present

If you do NOT live with the person with COVID-19:

  • If you do not have COVID symptoms, you do not need to get a test or self-isolate. However, please avoid contact with vulnerable groups or individuals for 10 days from the date above, and watch out for symptoms.
  • If you have or develop COVID symptoms, please isolate at home and get tested immediately. If you still have symptoms after a negative test, stay at home and isolate until 24 hours after your symptoms stop. If your symptoms get worse, contact your local healthcare provider or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453
  • If you are waiting for a test result, it is important you do not go to work or leave your home. If you need to miss work, financial support may be available. You can show your employer this letter if necessary.
  • If you test positive, there is further advice available on the Unite against COVID-19 website: https://covid19.govt.nz/isolation-and-care/if-you-have-covid-19/

What to do if you live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

If you live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you are a ‘household contact’. You must follow different steps to the advice given above, including isolating at home for at least 7 days. More information is available from: https://covid19.govt.nz/testing-and-tracing/contact-tracing/household-contacts/

You can also call Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453. This is a free, 24/7 service with interpreters available. Tell them you are a ‘household contact’.

What to do if you are a Household Close Contact and a Critical Worker

If you are a ‘household close contact’ AND a Critical Worker, specific advice for you is available from: https://covid19.govt.nz/testing-and-tracing/contact-tracing/critical-workers/


Testing

Testing is free. You can find your nearest testing centre here: www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19, or free-phone Healthline: 0800 358 5453.

You can also order Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) and use these yourself at home. RATs are the main type of test now being used, with results only taking about 20 minutes. You can order RATs on-line or over the phone.

Under ORANGE and GREEN there are no limits to indoor gatherings. All are welcome!

We will continue to encourage attendees of our events and services to maintain a one metre distance from each other at all times, and to respect other’s preferences for contact, hand shaking and mask wearing.

Under RED food may be served to plates with tongs, and people remain seated to eat. Self Service drinks may also be offered. We will ensure all facilities are appropriately cleaned and contactless.   Under ORANGE and GREEN food and drinks may be served as normal.

We acknowledge there are many people who prefer to remain at home, in smaller gatherings or are required to self-isolate. Where possible, we will endeavour to provide online options for our gatherings.  Check out YouTube and What’s On for more details on these and other groups that continue to be exclusively online.

With winter close by the risk of flu and colds will increase. All spaces will be appropriately cleaned and Eastgate has ample supply of sanitiser for all gatherings and will encourage distancing in both seated and mingling spaces.

Mask Wearing

Dedicated Mask Wearing Area

We continue striving to be a church for everyone, where all can comfortably worship and connect with God. We are now providing a gathering area for those who, for health or personal reasons, prefer to be around others who are also masked.

Starting this Sunday, at our 9:00am,10:45am and 5:30pm services, the far side section of the auditorium will be reserved for those choosing to keep their masks up for the whole of the service.

To be seated in the Mask-up area, we ask that you:

• Arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of the service
• Enter either through the main entrances OR the auditorium door to the car park at the far (northern) end of the building. This will take you directly into the dedicated area. These will be left slightly ajar 8:40-8:55am and 10:25-10:40am. Outside of these times you will need to use the usual entrance ways.
• You may exit through the same door from the back of the auditorium.

For those who prefer to wear masks but are happy to be seated in the general area, please continue to do that as you feel comfortable. For those who prefer not to wear masks at all, you are still welcome to be unmasked outside of the reserved seating area, in the majority of seating in the auditorium.

General Mask Wearing

We strongly encourage mask wearing for all indoor gatherings for all those in attendance.

Under RED and ORANGE Staff and Volunteer teams are required to wear masks at all gatherings over 25 persons.  Under GREEN face masks are optional.

Cases at Eastgate

What to do if you attended a service where a Covid postive person was also present

If you do NOT live with the person with COVID-19:

  • If you do not have COVID symptoms, you do not need to get a test or self-isolate. However, please avoid contact with vulnerable groups or individuals for 10 days from the date above, and watch out for symptoms.
  • If you have or develop COVID symptoms, please isolate at home and get tested immediately. If you still have symptoms after a negative test, stay at home and isolate until 24 hours after your symptoms stop. If your symptoms get worse, contact your local healthcare provider or call Healthline on 0800 358 5453
  • If you are waiting for a test result, it is important you do not go to work or leave your home. If you need to miss work, financial support may be available. You can show your employer this letter if necessary.
  • If you test positive, there is further advice available on the Unite against COVID-19 website: https://covid19.govt.nz/isolation-and-care/if-you-have-covid-19/

What to do if you live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19

If you live with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you are a ‘household contact’. You must follow different steps to the advice given above, including isolating at home for at least 7 days. More information is available from: https://covid19.govt.nz/testing-and-tracing/contact-tracing/household-contacts/

You can also call Healthline for free on 0800 358 5453. This is a free, 24/7 service with interpreters available. Tell them you are a ‘household contact’.

What to do if you are a Household Close Contact and a Critical Worker

If you are a ‘household close contact’ AND a Critical Worker, specific advice for you is available from: https://covid19.govt.nz/testing-and-tracing/contact-tracing/critical-workers/


Testing

Testing is free. You can find your nearest testing centre here: www.healthpoint.co.nz/covid-19, or free-phone Healthline: 0800 358 5453.

You can also order Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) and use these yourself at home. RATs are the main type of test now being used, with results only taking about 20 minutes. You can order RATs on-line or over the phone.

Gathering Limits

Under ORANGE and GREEN there are no limits to indoor gatherings. All are welcome!

We will continue to encourage attendees of our events and services to maintain a one metre distance from each other at all times, and to respect other’s preferences for contact, hand shaking and mask wearing.

Food

Under RED food may be served to plates with tongs, and people remain seated to eat. Self Service drinks may also be offered. We will ensure all facilities are appropriately cleaned and contactless.   Under ORANGE and GREEN food and drinks may be served as normal.

Online Options

We acknowledge there are many people who prefer to remain at home, in smaller gatherings or are required to self-isolate. Where possible, we will endeavour to provide online options for our gatherings.  Check out YouTube and What’s On for more details on these and other groups that continue to be exclusively online.

Health Care

With winter close by the risk of flu and colds will increase. All spaces will be appropriately cleaned and Eastgate has ample supply of sanitiser for all gatherings and will encourage distancing in both seated and mingling spaces.

Church this Sunday

We ask that everyone is still mindful of one another’s preferences regarding hugs & handshakes. Please try to remain 1m a part from other attendees.

Church this Sunday

We ask that everyone is still mindful of one another’s preferences regarding hugs & handshakes. Please try to remain 1m a part from other attendees.