July 1st you may have heard on the news that an update for required masking will be in effect Friday July 3rd.
On a state level - Wearing masks is not mandatory statewide and Governor Mike Parson said it's up to cities and counties to make such requirements.
The article uses the word "required", yet also states it is left up to business owners to decide if they will turn away customers.
Then it says "All citizens are required..."
We suggest seeing what the CDC has to say...
The CDC recommends masking when social distancing is not possible.
We also suggest seeing what WHO has to say...they only mention the word Mask for the person who is sick...
From the World Health Organization website
You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
- Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and others. Why? When someone coughs, sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person has the disease.
- Avoid going to crowded places. Why? Where people come together in crowds, you are more likely to come into close contact with someone that has COIVD-19 and it is more difficult to maintain physical distance of 1 metre (3 feet).
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and infect you.
- Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately and wash your hands. Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
- Stay home and self-isolate even with minor symptoms such as cough, headache, mild fever, until you recover. Have someone bring you supplies. If you need to leave your house, wear a mask to avoid infecting others. Why? Avoiding contact with others will protect them from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
- If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention, but call by telephone in advance if possible and follow the directions of your local health authority. Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
- Keep up to date on the latest information from trusted sources, such as WHO or your local and national health authorities. Why? Local and national authorities are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
We are open!
We want to be as prayerful and honorable as possible so we can do it the best and safest way, for all of our people and our guests. What does this mean for our gateway:61 family? Below lists detailed information about our efforts to provide a safe worship experience for all of us.
Do Not Attend…
• If you have any concerns
• High-risk individuals with predisposed health conditions, we strongly recommend you remain at home and watch our online service.
• Any person who has had any contact with known COVID-19 confirmed cases or who has flu symptoms or fever should stay home and self-quarantine.
ATTEND - ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK - Masking recommended, NOT required. You are free to decide for yourself.
Precautionary Coronavirus Liability Release
We understand that by entering the building of gateway:61, that gateway:61, it's staff, and congregants cannot be held liable for unintentional exposure to a virus or any other contagion or harm due to COVID-19.
• We encourage you, if possible, to perform temperature checks at home prior to attending the service.
• We have hand sanitizer available
• The balcony and overflow area will be open to help maintain social distancing.
• Families can and should sit together, but there must be at least six feet between you and the next family or individual sitting on your particular row.
• We encourage everyone to wash or sanitize hands upon entering and after any interaction with others.
• If you choose, you may wear masks and/or gloves.
• Please use giving boxes and online giving.
• We will keep areas as clear and open as possible.
• We use only pre-packaged communion. Please pick up your own package.
• In addition to our paid cleaning staff, church staff will also clean before and after service by wiping down all tables, chairs, door knobs, handles, crash bars, all equipment, etc.
• Please do not use water fountains.