Our Provincial government is ending mask mandates effective March 21. Our pastors and Church Board reviewed this information at the Tuesday, March 15 board meeting and the following decision was made:
At Rosewood Church services and functions the following procedures will still need to be followed after March 21 for your protection and the protection of others from Covid-19 -
1. The wearing of masks will remain mandatory for everyone. Please remember to have your mask cover your nose, mouth and chin.
2. Please wash your hands with the hand sanitizer upon arrival at the church entrance.
3. Keep six feet (two metres) away from others unless you live in the same home. This includes leaving two seats empty between you and others. Every second row will continue to be roped off to provide about six feet of separation between you and others in front of and behind you.
4. Continue to check in at the tables in the foyer upon your arrival Sunday mornings.
Why are we continuing with the above safety measures?
a) Covid-19 is still a threat. Many of the health and science experts are warning against removing the safety protocols too soon. In some world areas, Covid-19 has once again become a serious problem.
b) Many of our Rosewood Church people are still very afraid of getting Covid-19. At this stage, if we said people don't have to wear masks, we run the risk of people who have been coming to the sanctuary on Sunday mornings deciding not to show up if some people come not wearing masks.
c) If there is another wave of Covid-19, our people will still be accustomed to wearing masks in church and it won't seem to be so difficult to get people to wear masks once again.
Our Church Board will review the Covid-19 situation at each monthly board meeting held on the third Tuesday of each month. Once the scientific evidence shows there is less of a chance of people becoming infected with Covid-19 we can then put aside mask wearing and other precautions.
Here is some good news: After March 21 feel free to sing in our church services with the mask on. Thank you very much.