Updated 12/30/20 - 12:00 AM
A Word from Pastor Jonathan & Jennie Cross
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It is so important than ever to do your part to prevent the spread of disease. Our position remains precarious and an outbreak could happen at any time. We do not want to act in ways that could risk our hard fought progress:
Wear face coverings when you are in public and especially when you cannot easily keep physical distance from others.
Maintain physical distance of six feet from others .
Practice good hygiene. Wash your hands frequently.
Stay home when you’re sick.
From the Governor:
Religious and Faith-based Organizations COVID-19 Requirements Summary of December 21, 2020, update:
• Removes the indoor and outdoor capacity limits of 200 people and makes 200 individuals the recommended maximum capacity.
• Clarifies that the December 10, 2020, restriction on singing applies only to indoor singing by congregations. Soloist performers indoors and outdoor singing by the congregation is permitted so long as every singer wears a face covering. Removes reference to “cloth” face coverings.
• Removes the requirement to control access to restrooms.
With continuing reports of COVID-19 outbreaks at spiritual gatherings, the Governor still strongly encourages religious leaders and communities to conduct services remotely. Alternatively, drive-in services are permitted and capacity limits do not apply. Counseling services are essential and may be permitted in-person, if remote counseling is not viable.
In addition to remote and drive-in services, religious and faith-based organizations are permitted to conduct the following activities, provided all requirements in this document are met:
A) Hold indoor services at a place of worship with up to 25% of room (or building) capacity with a recommended maximum of 200 people, whichever is less, so long as six feet of physical distancing can be achieved between households in all directions. Face coverings are required for all participants.
B) Hold outdoor services of unlimited capacity with a recommended maximum of 200, so long as six feet of physical distancing can be achieved between households in all directions. Face coverings are required for all participants. Outdoor services may be conducted under an outdoor structure (temporary or permanent) so long as the Outdoor Seating Requirements are followed.
C) Hold or provide in-home services inside a person’s residence with up to five total individuals (excluding organization staff). Face coverings are required for all participants. Staff are excluded from the maximum number of individuals, but any organization volunteers are included in the maximum number of permissible individuals. The services covered in these operational guidelines include all worship services, religious study classes, religious ceremonies, and religious holiday celebrations. Religious weddings and funerals are not covered under this document and must follow the guidance in this memo. Organizations are strongly encouraged to keep a log of attendees at each service or counseling session, and to retain that log for at least two weeks. If an outbreak occurs, this information may be critical to help save lives.
CenterPoint is still taking all the previously applied sanitation precautions (such as wiping down all flat surfaces, chair backs, doorknobs, handrails, etc...).
If you are in a high risk category, please use good judgement and stay safe. If you or your children have the sniffles and do not feel well, stay home, rest up and get well. And as always, wash your hands with soap and water often, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and get fresh air. If you are struggling with your health, we would love to know so that we can be in prayer for you; please email your prayer request to email@example.com.
Lastly, we want to keep everyone in prayer who has been affected by the virus and the caregivers who are working tirelessly to minimize the impact.
The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington state, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions are available on the Department of Health and Public Health of Tacoma & Pierce County websites at www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus and www.https://www.tpchd.org/healthy-people/human-coronavirus