COVID-19 Reopening Plans

*Adjustments Effective 4/2021


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 DVD’s guidelines for religious services:


Services and Registration

Service Times and Locations: Sunday, 9am and 10:30am. Services will be held in the Café or Worship Center. Service times will be added as needed.

Participation Limits: Service in the Café will be limited to 50 participants plus worship team members. Participants in the Worship Center is limited to 104 plus worship team members. 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 15 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 services we will sanitize chairs and Welcome Center. There will also be marked hand sanitization stations.

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.

Offering: 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 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. In the Café, participants will be dismissed by row, exiting the Café through the rear. In the Worship Center, participants will be dismissed by row, exiting through the rear vestibule doors, unless they have a child to pickup. All other participants in the building will exit through the exterior door by the Café or the Welcome Center.

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.

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 48 hours 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

We will continue to offer virtual group meetings. 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.



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: