New face-covering order... and what it means at Beautiful Savior In one week there has been a dramatic shift in the load our local hospital / health care system is experiencing. The hospital is now at or near capacity. The ICU is overflowing. The number of severe Covid-19 cases, requiring ventilators, has risen dramatically. (Fuller information cited in Cumberland County abatement order, linked at the end of this note.) The County has now given an order – as of today (Friday Aug 27 2021) – with the goal of reducing the public health hazard from the high rate of incidents of Covid-19. The order includes “places of worship.” And so we are following along with the order for all our indoor gatherings at Beautiful Savior. Here are the details: Face Coverings to be worn in indoor spaces. "Unless subject to an exception stated in Section 2 of this Order, all persons within Cumberland County shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth while in indoor spaces to include, (as an example, but not limited to) offices and workplaces, business establishments, private clubs attended by members, public transportation facilities and vehicles, stores for the sale of any goods, restaurants, bars, places for amusement or entertainment, gyms and places for exercise, schools, places of worship, or any place the public is invited or allowed to assemble." Section 2. Face coverings are not required by someone who: · Should not wear a face-covering due to any medical or behavioral condition or disability (including but not limited to, any person who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious or incapacitated, or is otherwise unable to put on or remove the face covering without assistance). · is younger than 5 years old and a parent, guardian, or responsible person has been unable to place and maintain a face-covering safely on the child's face. · is in a private, individual office. · is actively eating or drinking. · is seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired in a way that requires the mouth to be visible. · is giving a speech or performance for a broadcast, or to an audience, where they maintain a distance of at least 20 feet from the audience. · is not in an indoor public space as described in this order. · is temporarily removing their face covering for identification purposes to secure government or medical services or at the request of a law enforcement officer. · would be at risk of injury from wearing a face covering at work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulations or workplace safety guidelines. · is participating in worship activities for which wearing a face-covering hinders participation. · is a child younger than 2. Anyone who declines to wear a face covering for any of these exceptions should not be required to produce documentation or any other proof of a condition.