So far as we are able to do in good conscience, we are asking our congregation to comply with the Governor’s requirements for religious and faith-based organizations. The following points are especially relevant to worshipers. Words in italics are taken directly from the Governor’s guidelines.
- Face Coverings and Exemptions – All employees, members, and visitors in attendance shall wear face coverings before, during, and after the service (whether indoor or outdoor). The face covering requirement does apply to individual(s) leading the service and others who speak during any live service. … There are exemptions to wearing face covering, so please refer to the Department of Health’s Order on Face Coverings. [For more information about mask exemptions, see below.]
- All organizations must adhere to physical distancing requirements and have six feet of space in all directions between the congregation’s seats, pews, and benches or have physical barriers between them. Members of the same household may be seated together as a single unit.
- Inform all employees, members, and guests that they must self-screen for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 before arriving at the location. … Any individual with a household member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or with symptoms of COVID-19 (including a fever above 100.4°F) may not attend the service or attend work at the organization.
According to the Department of Health’s Order on Face Coverings:
The following individuals are exempt from the requirements to wear a face covering:
- Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, developmental or cognitive condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering.
- Children younger than five years old; and
- Children who are younger than two years old should never wear face coverings due to the risk of suffocation.
- Children who are two, three, or four years old, with the assistance and close supervision of an adult, are strongly recommended to wear a face covering at all times in settings, like grocery stores or pharmacies, where it is likely that a distance of at least six feet cannot be maintained from non-household members and vulnerable people must go.
If you or your child meet the above criteria for an exemption, you are most welcome to worship with us.