COVID-19 RESPONSE teAM ACTIONS
Statewide Mask Order
Since this video was created, the state of Ohio has passed a mandatory mask order.
Governor DeWine announced that beginning on Thursday, July 23, at 6:00 p.m., a statewide mask mandate will go into effect for citizens living in all 88 Ohio counties. "Our preliminary data indicate that the rate of increase in new cases has slowed in the high-risk counties where masks are already mandated, so we are cautiously optimistic that things are heading in the right direction," said Governor DeWine. "We believe that requiring masks statewide will make a significant difference and will be key to making sure other counties do not progress to a higher level of increased spread."
All individuals in Ohio must always wear facial coverings in public when:
At an indoor location that is not a residence.
Outdoors, but unable to maintain six-foot social distance from people who are not household members.
Waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, such as a taxi, a car service, or a private car used for ridesharing.
Faith Deliverance wholeheartedly supports this order and ask that all in-person church participants be compliant by wearing a face mask.
Thinking out loud/ramble alert...
I went to church today, in person, for the first time since February.
I made sure I sat where nobody was sitting next to me.
I sanitized my hands at least 3 times.
I smiled, but forgot no one sees my smile behind a mask.
I wanted to stop, hug, chat but I had to remind myself I couldn't.
The service was great. The sermon was awesome.
The safety precautions were in place. 6 ft...masks...etc. Much appreciated.
Mental note: Corporate worship is going to be what you make it during this crisis. You can be change adverse or enjoy the time you have.
Though we may want things to go back to normal, we have no idea when that will be.
I admit, I'm still on the fence about whether to go to church or watch online. These Covid stats are fluent and the whole situation is hard to navigate.
Today, I'm thinking I was safer at the church today than I was when I was out running errands yesterday.
It's a matter of personal choice, and it's not an easy one. Especially for people like me who are considered "high risk."
Safety is extremely important.
But I have to say I have really missed seeing and worshipping live with other people. Nothing online can match the experience for me.
This pandemic has taken some real emotional/mental tolls on us, and we may not even realize it.
Sometimes, excercising safety and wisdom, you just gotta get around some people. Even if it's just for a little while....with a mask.