As of Monday, August 2nd, 2021 6 Bay Area counties issued a new mask order. Here are the parts that pertain to Churches and also Children:
Religious Gatherings. Service leaders of indoor religious gatherings may remove their face coverings while actively performing religious services. If they remove their face coverings, service leaders are encouraged to maintain as much distance from others as possible. Service leaders are strongly urged to be fully vaccinated, and to wear their face coverings to the greatest extent possible. Participants in indoor religious gatherings may remove their face coverings for the limited duration necessary to participate in religious rituals.
Children. In accordance with CDPH and CDC guidelines, any child younger than two years old must not wear a face covering because of the risk of suffocation. Children age two to nine and their accompanying parents or caregivers should not be refused any essential service based on a child’s inability to wear a face covering (for example, if a four-year-old child refuses to keep a face covering on in a grocery store), but the parent or caregiver should when possible take reasonable steps to have the child wear a face covering to protect others and minimize instances when children without face coverings are brought into settings with other people. Parents and caregivers of children age two to nine years must supervise the use of face coverings to ensure safety and avoid misuse.
You can view the complete statement here.
As church leadership, we trust you to make the right decision for yourself and your family based on your convictions and the information available to you – if you choose to wear a mask or choose not to wear a mask, you will NOT be turned away to worship Jesus Christ with His people at OCC on Sunday.
“On Masks, Vaccines, and Church Unity” by Adam Parker: https://bit.ly/3gzmHtj
Thank you to all for your support and prayers in this past year as we continue to navigate these difficult times.
The OCC Leadership
As an added precaution for our indoor service, we have purchased a cleaning device called the Aerus ActivePure Technology Air Purifier. This device “Provides 99.98% SARS-CoV-2 Surface Reduction Rate in Controlled, Independent Laboratory Studies.” If you are interested in more information click here and here.