COVID-19 Reopening Plans

*Adjustments Effective 1/2021

Members are safer at home. We will continue to provide our online service platforms for those who may not be able to attend in person, or who are uncomfortable attending in person. No one should feel obligated to return to in-person worship before they are ready to do so.

The Governor of Virginia has given places of worship guidelines and recommendations for reopening.
Below are descriptions of what to expect based upon those guidelines.

*Please note that these plans are subject to further development,

and additional guidelines provided by our governing authorities.


Follow this link to view the Governor’s guidelines for religious services:


Services and Registration

Service Times and Locations: Sunday, 9am and 10:30am. Both services will be held in the Café. Service times will be added as needed.

Participation Limits: Each service will be limited to 50 participants plus worship team members, which will be kept to a minimum. Participants should pre-register. We will insist on not exceeding the stipulated capacity. This limit is to allow for social distancing guidelines to be met, and appropriate measures accomplished as people are entering and exiting the building.

Registration: Registration for services will be done online via Eventbrite. Registration links can be found on our website, in the Bayside e-news, as well as Facebook. It is helpful for everyone (that is, family units or single) to pre-register for the service they’d like to attend. We cannot guarantee seats for anyone not registered. Registrants will receive a confirmation email. For those without the technology, you will be able to call the church office to register during office hours. Doors will open 20 minutes prior to service. Upon arrival, all participants will check in at the Welcome Center Desk. Volunteers will search for your name on the reservation list. We will keep your reservation until 5 minutes after service has started. After that time, it becomes an available seat. Available seats will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

Registration Confirmation and Cancellation: Registered participants will receive a confirmation email. If you are no longer able to attend or need to make an adjustment, use the confirmation email to manage/cancel your reservation. If your reservation was made by phone, please contact the church office.



Preparations and Other Elements

Sanitizing: Before and after service we will sanitize chairs, bathrooms and Welcome Center. There will also be marked hand sanitization stations. During the service we will sanitize the bathrooms and Welcome Center.

Mask: All volunteers will be required to wear a mask, unless on stage. The State of Virginia requires facemasks in public. Therefore, we strongly encourage our church family to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times. Please bring your own mask. If you do not have one, we will provide a disposable mask.

Seating: All seating in the service will adhere to physical distancing guidelines. Special exceptions will be given to households who wish to sit together.

Bulletins: No printed materials will be handed out. We will have an electronic Connection Card form to connect via QR code or web link.

Offering: Online giving is strongly encouraged. During the service volunteers will walk the room with baskets to receive any offerings. Baskets will not be passed to or between the participants.

Lord’s Supper: When we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we will use sanitized, pre-packaged elements.

Entrances and Exits: All attendees will enter the building through the Welcome Center doors. Entrance to the Café will be at the front near the stage. Participants will be dismissed by row, exiting the Café through the rear and exiting the building through the exterior door by the Café. All doors will be propped open to avoid using handles.

Temperatures: Temperature checks will be taken for everyone upon entrance of the building. 

When to Stay at Home: If you have a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, known exposure to COVID-19 in the 14 days prior or are part of the vulnerable population (VP)*, please stay home.

Facility Access: Only building access will be the Welcome Center and Café. No other building access is permit to allow us to adhere to both state and federal sanitation guidelines.

Parking: Park in the Welcome Center Parking lot. These doors will be the only entrance to the church. Handicap parking is available.

If You Test Positive for COVID-19: If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days after attending worship service, please notify the church office.


Funeral Services

Funeral or memorial services for members of Bayside Baptist will be considered on a case by case basis. We will work with the family and the funeral home in compliance with the CDC’s Funeral Guidance. Services will follow much of the same guidelines as a worship gathering.

Follow this link for the CDC’s Funeral Guidance:


Ministry Events

Ministry events of Bayside Baptist will be considered on a case by case basis. We encourage our church family to look for opportunities to serve our community outside the church. Please contact the church office to host a ministry event.


Bayside Groups

Sunday School groups and small groups will continue to meet primarily online in phase 3. Some groups may choose to meet off campus at a park and/or backyard as they are able. Groups may also meet on campus in a limited capacity to ensure social distancing. Groups who meet on campus will follow enhanced cleaning measures and protocols. Group leaders will coordinate on campus meeting times with the church office.

Family Ministry

Family Ministries will offer online and in-person programs. In-person groups, including childcare, will meet in a limited capacity to ensure social distancing. Families will be asked to pre-register via Eventbrite.  Enhanced cleaning measures and protocols will be followed. All family ministries will cease in-person programs if community transmission levels are in the red zone.
Confirmed COVID-19 Exposure Response Plan

Bayside Baptist Church is committed to maintaining the safety of our church family.  Wearing face coverings, washing hands, maintaining social distance and enhanced cleaning procedures are key components of staying healthy in the age of COVID-19. In the instance of someone testing positive for COVID-19 after being in the church facility, the following procedure will take place:

  • Church Administrator will contact Virginia Beach Department of Public Health.
  • Anyone considered to be a close contact of an affected individual will be contacted by the Church Administrator directly.
  • All others who were in the building on that date will receive a notification email from the Church Administrator. Out of respect for the privacy of our members and in accordance with Americans with Disability Act and other applicable privacy laws and regulations, cases will refer to “individuals” only.


The best source of information will be the Center for Disease Control and Intervention (CDC). Follow this link for the latest information and precautions: You can also find more information via the World Health Organization: