On May 11th, the Governor announced the beginning of Phase One for May 16. Phase One will be a minimum of 21 days. Before June 2, the Governor will provide an update on whether we are entering into Phase Two.
When it comes to places of worship, Phase One is not that different from the Stay-At-Home Order. It does allow for 25% of your occupancy.
We have to be in Phase One for three weeks with continued improvements before entering into Phase Two. The minimum timeline will be May 16-June 5. This would make June 7th our first potential Sunday in Phase Two. But again, there must be continued improvements while under Phase One to transition into Phase Two.
Under Phase One, staff will return to the office with social distancing, facemasks, and sanitation measures in place.
Phase Two will allow places of worship to gather with a higher percentage of occupancy with social distancing measures in place, facemasks, sanitization stations, and real-time cleaning. The minimum timeline for Phase Two will be June 6-20.
In Phases One and Two, it is recommended that persons with underlying health conditions and those most susceptible to the virus stay at home.
Phase Three comes after two weeks of improvements while in Phase Two. Phase Three allows for the return of full occupancy with limited social distancing measures, facemasks, sanitization stations, and real-time cleaning. The minimum timeline for Phase Three will be June 21-July 4.
For more information on how each phase works, click here.