March 5, 2020
On March 2nd Governor Abbott made a new executive order effective March 10, that all businesses can open to 100% and he is ending the required statewide mask mandate, but in saying this he further went on to say removing state mandates DOES NOT remove personal responsibility, or for caring for others in the community. To stay safe Texan’s should continue following medical advice to continue preventing COVID-19.
On March 3rd, the Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists responded in a Town Hall Meeting with the following guidelines: Continue relying on sound medical advice to continue the prevention of COVID-19, but we cannot mandate who or who does not wear a mask.
What does this mean for the Alvarado SDA Church?
What is not changing?
- We will still ask that mask be worn in the common areas. **
- We will still social distance in the Fellowship Hall and the Sanctuary.
- We will provide plenty of hand sanitizer for use in the foyer, restrooms, and Fellowship Hall.
- We will still sanitize the church after service.
- Fellowship Hall will remain open for those that want to wear mask through the services.
- Worship Service will be streamed live every Sabbath.
- Sabbath School will be broadcast virtually.
- Children’s Story will be broadcast virtually.
- Ushering to pew.
What is changing?
- No mask for those that prefer not to wear.
- No ushering out when service is over.
- No taking temperature at the door.
- We ask that if you want to visit/socialize, you please move outside to do so.
We will continue to ensure your safety and welfare, but ultimately your safety depends on your actions and responsibility. We ask that you do not invade others’ personal space, especially if you are not wearing the mask. We also ask that you respect the decisions of others and try not to convince them one way or the other about wearing the mask. If you feel unsafe you can social distance yourself from those members that choose not to wear the mask, and as the Governor has stated, please continue to follow the guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Wash hands for 20 seconds or more.
- Social distance at least 6 feet from others.
- Cover your cough and sneezes.
- If you feel ill, please stay home.
- If you have recently been exposed to COVID-19 we ask that you stay home.
** Masks are suggested but cannot be mandated. No mask does not translate into no entry.
We are all in this together, so let us work together as a team instead of treating each other as an opponent.
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Head Elder Terry Spradlin or Pastor Valeri Tchounkovskii.