Governor Issues Guidelines for Reopening Church Services, With Limited Attendance

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Gavin Newsom issued guidance Monday to churches and other houses of worship in California on how they can safely reopen amid the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.Read full rules for churches hereUnder the remaining guidelines, places of worship must limit attendance to 25 percent of building capacity or 100 attendees, whichever is lower. This limitation will be in effect for the first 21 days of a county public health department’s approval of religious services within their jurisdictions, after which the California Department of Public Health will review the limits.They must also arrange for social distancing of at least 6 feet between people.— Shorten services to limit the length of time congregants/visitors spend at facilities whenever possible. This could include limiting speeches, asking congregants/visitors to put on garments at home before arrival, etc.— Close places of worship for visitation outside of scheduled services, meetings, etc., whenever possible.— Discontinue large gatherings that encourage congregants/visitors to travel and break physical distances during activities, such as concerts, large holiday and life event celebrations and remembrances.— Close children’s play areas and discontinue activities and services for children where physical distancing of at least 6 feet cannot be maintained.— Prop or hold doors open during peak periods when congregants/visitors are entering and exiting facilities, if possible and in accordance with security and safety protocols.— Close or restrict common areas, such as break rooms, kitchenettes, foyers, etc. where people are likely to congregate and interact.— Reconfigure podiums and speaker areas, office spaces, meeting rooms, conference rooms, etc., to allow for at least 6 feet between people.— Face coverings are strongly recommended at all times for congregants/visitors and staff.— Establish directional hallways and passageways for foot traffic, if possible, and designate separate routes for entry and exit into meeting rooms, offices, etc., to help maintain physical distancing and lessen the instances of people closely passing each other.— Close self-service item selection such as pamphlet displays and bookshelves and provide these items to congregants/visitors individually as necessary.— Consider limiting the number of people that use the restroom at one time to allow for physical distancing.— Discourage staff, congregants, visitors, etc., from engaging in handshakes, hugs, and similar greetings that break physical distance.— Reconfigure parking lots to limit congregation points and ensure proper separation (e.g., closing every other space).— Discontinue offering self-service food and beverages. Do not hold potlucks or similar family-style eating and drinking events that increase the risk of cross contamination.— Strongly consider discontinuing singing, group recitation, and other practices and performances where there is increased likelihood for transmission from contaminated exhaled droplets.— Consider modifying practices that are specific to particular faith traditions that might encourage the spread of COVID-19. Examples are discontinuing kissing of ritual objects, allowing rites to be performed by fewer people, avoiding the use of a common cup, offering communion in the hand instead of on the tongue, providing pre-packed communion items on chairs prior to service, etc.The guidelines also recommend reduced visitor capacity and staggered visitation times at funerals, wakes, etc., if possible, and modifying religious or cultural practices when washing or shrouding bodies of those who have died from COVID-19, in accordance with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.“This guidance does not obligate places of worship to resume in- person activity,” the statement said. “Further, it is strongly recommended that places of worship continue to facilitate remote services and other related activities for those who are vulnerable to COVID19 including older adults and those with co-morbidities. Even with adherence to physical distancing, convening in a congregational setting of multiple different households to practice a personal faith carries a relatively higher risk for widespread transmission of the COVID-19 virus, and may result in increased rates of infection, hospitalization, and death, especially among more vulnerable populations. In particular, activities such as singing and group recitation negate the risk-reduction achieved through six feet of physical distancing.”The entire statement can be found at https://covid19.ca.gov/pdf/guidance-places-of-worship.pdf.Churches and other houses of worship were ordered closed to the public on March 19. Since then many have adjusted by holding virtual services, while a few have recently resumed in-person services in violation of the order.Newsom said last week that the state would issue guidelines by Monday, despite President Donald Trump’s insistence that they be allowed to reopen immediately for in-person services.Newsom said the state has been “working with the faith community to advance the efforts to begin to put out guidelines, processes and procedures to (protect the) health and safety of congregants and parishioners.” Top of the News More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.last_img read more

SLCC Men’s Basketball Star Named Scenic West Player of the Week

first_img Brad James Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTAYLORSVILLE, Utah-Monday, the #8 Salt Lake Community College men’s basketball team received a prestigious honor from the Scenic West Athletic Conference.Cameron Mack, a 6-2 redshirt freshman guard out of Austin, Texas, was named as the Scenic West Conference player of the week for the 9-2 Bruins.Mack, a commit to traditional NCAA Division I power St. John’s of the Big East Conference, averaged 24 points a game last week for the Bruins at the Florida Tournament.In an 88-84 win over nationally-ranked Eastern Florida, Mack netted 24 points against the Titans.In an 80-75 loss to Florida Southwestern Community College, Mack’s 39 points paced the Bruins against the Buccaneers. Tags: Big East/Eastern Florida Titans/Florida Southwestern Buccaneers/SLCC Men’s Basketball/St. John’s/SWAC Player of the Week December 4, 2018 /Sports News – Local SLCC Men’s Basketball Star Named Scenic West Player of the Weeklast_img read more

David Ortiz throws out first pitch at Fenway Park, surprises crowd 3 months after he was shot

first_img Beau Lund Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFILE photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(BOSTON) — Beloved Boston icon David Ortiz brought the crowd at Fenway Park to its feet after making a surprise appearance three months after he was shot in the Dominican Republic.Ortiz, the retired Red Sox slugger, was met with roaring applause and a standing ovation Monday night when he came out to throw out the first pitch ahead of the team’s game against the New York Yankees. It was his first public appearance since the shooting on June 9.“First of all, I want to thank God for giving me a second opportunity in my life to be able to be here with all of you,” Ortiz said before the game. ” I want to thank the Red Sox, my real family, they have always been there for me, supported [me]. With what happened to me, they were the first supporting me. Thank you very much, Red Sox family.”Ortiz, who is affectionately known as “Big Papi,” was sitting at the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo when a gunman came behind him and opened fire. An investigation into the shooting revealed that Ortiz was not the intended target and the bullets were meant for his friend, Sixto David Fernandez.Oritz underwent at least three surgeries after he was shot in the back. He was released from the hospital nearly 7 weeks after the shooting.Rolfi Ferreira-Cruz, 25, of New Jersey, was arrested and identified as the alleged gunman who shot Ortiz. Thirteen other suspects have also been arrested for their alleged involvement in the shooting.Mookie Betts, the right fielder for the Red Sox, posted a tribute to Ortiz welcoming him back.“So glad to have you back! Love you big bro,” he wrote on Instagram.Red Sox fans were pleasantly surprised at both the appearance and how good he looked on Monday.“Everybody stood up. It was unbelievable,” one Red Sox fan told ABC Boston affiliate WCVB. “Everyone was just cheering. It was crazy.”“He actually looked really good when he came out,” the fan said. “I was surprised. I thought he’d be, like, maybe limping or with someone helping him, but he ran right out there.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img September 10, 2019 /Sports News – National David Ortiz throws out first pitch at Fenway Park, surprises crowd 3 months after he was shotlast_img read more