Masks Now Required AT ALL TIMES inside the Building
In light of the high hospitalization rate and high number of active COVID cases in our area, our Session met last week to see how our church should respond to our Mayor’s plea as well as many local doctors’ plea for people to wear masks at all times in public. Following the counsel of local medical officials and after much prayer, the Session made the following decisions:
Session decided that, “While we are in Level Red, whenever we gather publicly in our building, we will wear masks except when we eat, and we will maintain six feet of social distance between our family and others .” This, of course, means that we will need to wear masks throughout the entirety worship services, Sunday school classes, and Wednesday night classes. Wearing masks at all times is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID 19 according to local health officials.
Session also voted that while we are in LEVEL RED, we will “eliminate food service on Wednesday Nights. Groups that have been meeting together in homes on Wednesday nights will now need to ZOOM into the Parlor from their own individual homes to avoid the risk of further spread.”
The Session also voted that “when we return to Level Orange, we will return to our most recent practice of wearing masks in the building as you would at a restaurant (wearing masks in public places and while singing but removing them when you are seated and socially distanced) and only taking them off once you sit down and when at least six feet of social distance has been established.” A quick way to establish six feet of distance can be determined by having both people spread out their arms. If they can do that and are not touching each other, they are close to six feet apart.
Session voted on November 16 to have this coming Sunday as our last timer all Sunday schools to meet until January 10 to help limit exposure in close quarters. As always, you can call the church office for information as well.