June 25, 2020
Hello Red Mountain Family,
As you probably know by now, Maricopa County issued a proclamation requiring that face coverings be worn in all public places. That proclamation was to only be applied to cities which had no proclamations in place. On Monday however, a proclamation regarding face coverings from the City of Mesa Mayor, John Giles, went into effect. Since that is the proclamation that directly impacts us, we have been seeking to understand the statements made by the Mayor and the intent behind those statements.
Our response towards our government’s guidance and proclamations has not changed. We want to uphold the spirit of the proclamations and, out of love, embrace their intent. We also want to affirm to you that we are not going beyond what is written.
In studying Mayor John Giles’ proclamation, we saw that:
- there is an emphasis on wearing face coverings in public places when entering, exiting, or waiting in lines, and
- there are exemptions for activities when wearing a face covering was not practical AND a 6ft social-distance could be maintained:
- as in gyms (when exercising and maintaining 6ft social distancing)
- as in restaurants (when eating and socially distanced)
- as in places of worship
Therefore, in line with the statements made in the proclamation and the intent behind those statements, and out of love and respect for others we are asking that you and your family members who are 6-years old and older wear face coverings when entering and exiting our campus.
Once inside our main worship center, face coverings can be removed as we will all be socially distanced. Once your children 6 years old and older are inside their classrooms, they will be socially distanced, and will not need to wear their face coverings.
Although this time of regathering is difficult, we all have a wonderful opportunity to show the love and hope of Jesus to a hurting world.
If you are sick or are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, please stay home and worship with us online during our live-stream service at 10:30am.
We appreciate you all and look forward to being with you (physically or online) on Sunday!