In accordance with Executive Order D 2020-138 our new Mask Policy will be:
Masks must be worn when entering and while moving around the church, but not necessary when seated in your pew. However, masks are not required for kids 10 years old and younger; or people who cannot medically tolerate a mask.
I’d like to stay as close to the letter of this law as possible and not try to be more or less conservative, because that is how we started causing offense previously. There is no religious exception, but the focus is on the entering our building and moving around the building. There is no requirement outside the building and there is no requirement for when people are seated. For your curiosity, the actual quotes from the executive order relevant to us are referenced at the end of this email.
Luke Scheele, Pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church
P.S. Per D 2020-138 here are the relevant items for us...
II.2.G. Except as permitted by Paragraphs L, M, and N, below, all individuals over ten (10) years old must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when entering or moving within any Public Indoor Space,
II.2.L. The following individuals are exempt from the requirements of this Executive Order:
Individuals ten (10) years old and younger; or
Individuals who cannot medically tolerate a face covering.
II.2.M. Individuals performing the following activities are exempt from the requirements of this Executive Order while the activity is being performed:
1. Individuals who are hearing impaired or otherwise disabled or who are communicating with someone who is hearing impaired or otherwise disabled and where the ability to see the mouth is essential to communication;
7. Individuals who are officiating at a religious service; or
8. Individuals who are giving a speech for broadcast or an audience.