SWC Worship: on-site worship resumed May 17th. We added a 2nd on-site worship at 11:15 on October 4th. The 9:00am service is face mask optional and the 11:15 is face mask required. We will continue to produce on-line worship available on our website and Facebook page.
Anyone with a fever or recently exposed to someone with the COVID virus needs to remain away for 2 weeks. We will practice social distancing with family groups sitting 6-feet apart.
“This is not an ‘or’ question: Either I stay home or I die. It's, ‘How do I responsibly continue to live out my life.’”
– Governor Holcomb: May 8, 2020
INDIANA 5-phase Reopening Plan:
May 1, 2020 Indiana Governor Holcomb announced:
STAGE 1 – we are in this stage now.
Social distancing of 6 feet. Gatherings limited to 10. Face masks suggested while in public. Limited social interaction and activity to essential.
STAGE 2 – begins May 4
Easing of restrictions, including the essential travel restriction. Social gatherings will be limited to 25 people, state government offices will be open for limited interaction with the public. The remaining manufacturers considered non-essential can reopen. People who are over the age of 65 are still encouraged to stay home. Office workers who can work from home are encouraged to continue working from home. Commercial and retail businesses can open at 50-percent capacity. Shopping malls can open at 50-percent capacity with 25-percent capacity in common areas.
Beginning May 8, worship services can resume in all counties subject to social distancing guidelines. Those 65 or older or those with health issues are asked to stay home. The governor is encouraging virtual and outdoor worship services to continue.
On May 11, food establishments can open at 50-percent capacity, but bar seating will remain closed. Personal services like hair salons, barber shops and similar businesses can open on May 11 but for appointments only - and while following social distancing guidelines.
STAGE 3 – begins May 24 (began 2 days earlier)
If health indicators remain positive, at-risk people can venture out cautiously. Those working remotely should continue to do so. Social gatherings can be expanded to up to 100 people. Retail stores and malls can operate at 75-percent capacity. Movie theaters can open at 50-percent capacity. Common areas at malls can now operate at 50-percent capacity. Playgrounds, tennis courts, campgrounds, gyms and fitness centers can open with restrictions and social distancing.
STAGE 4 - begins June 14
At this point, face coverings will be optional. Social gatherings of up to 250 people will be allowed. Large venues can open with social distancing. State government buildings will reopen to the public. Malls can open at full capacity. Restaurants can open their dining rooms to 75-percent capacity. Bar seating will reopen at 50-percent capacity. Zoos, museums, bowling alleys and similar entertainment venues can open at 50-percent capacity. Recreational sports and leagues may resume. Amusement and water parks may open at 50-percent capacity.
STAGE 5 – DELAYED (was to begin July 4)
Fairs, festivals and sporting events can resume. Retail and restaurants can resume at full capacity. Restrictions will be lifted at amusement parks, water parks and similar facilities. At this point, they will decide how to approach the next school year. Social distancing will continue throughout every stage. The governor added all of the changes and stages are subject to the four guiding principles, including the number of COVID-19 cases.