Update 8: January 25, 2021
In the last two weeks, Hanover zip code area has been a "hot spot" for COVID 19 in the York County area. Deb emphasizes that it is important for us to set an example of following masking, social distancing and hand hygiene practices when we are out.
Variants of the virus have become widespread. The United Kingdom (UK) variant B.1.1.7 is shown to spread more easily than the currently predominant strain and may be more deadly. Another variant, the South Africa B.1.351 may not be mitigated by simple 6-foot social distancing. International travel restrictions are being imposed. COVID 19 is now the number 1 cause of death in the United States, having also lowered life expectancy in the U.S.
Jonas shared information obtained from the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association concerning recommended best practices for singing and performing instrumental music. Normal masked singing produces equal spread to that of talking. 30 minutes of masked practice with adequate air exchange following is safe. Certain instruments would require surface cleaning/sanitizing between uses. Jonas is not considering in-person rehearsals at this point, but wanted to share information with the group.
We continue to have no time limit in mind for in person, indoor worship as it is not deemed safe or appropriate at this time for our congregation.
Adequate air exchange continues to be a discussion point. Our building is designed without air exchange considerations.
Many of our decisions are based on legal implications as well as personal safety.
Rita Bouchard discussed potentially assisting people in the congregation to obtain the vaccine or help in the process. Also, mental health issues are a vital part of dealing with the pandemic and COVID 19.
(Summary by Jonas Sterner of meeting minutes by Sally Kaltreider January 25, 2021)
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Pastor Bruce Bouchard