New Berean ‘s message to our members and guests is the same, we care about you. We want you to as informed about this pandemic and the effect it has had on our local assembly and community. This page is intended to provide you the information, relevant to you.
Recently the Governor of the State of Virginia issued changes to the restrictions for all gatherings both private and public. The specific information has extracted here for your convenience. The official executive order #67 can be accessed via the link below. If there are any questions or concerns you may have about the changes, contact the Church Administration.
SIXTH AMENDED NUMBER SIXTY-SEVEN (2020) AND
ORDER OF PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY SEVEN
PHASE THREE TIGHTENING OF CERTAIN TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS DUE TO NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Section B OTHER RESTRICTIONS
B. All Public and Private In-Person Gatherings All public and private in-person gatherings of more than 25 individuals are prohibited. The presence of more than 25 individuals performing functions of their employment or assembled in an educational instructional setting is not a “gathering.” A “gathering” includes, but is not limited to, parties, celebrations, or other social events, whether they occur indoors or outdoors. Individuals may attend religious services of more than 25 people subject to the following requirements:
- Individuals attending religious services must be at least six feet apart when seated and must practice proper physical distancing at all times. Family members, as defined below, may be seated together.
- Mark seating and common areas where attendees may congregate in six-foot increments to maintain physical distancing between persons who are not Family members.
- Any items used to distribute food or beverages must be disposable, used only once and discarded.
- Practice routine cleaning and disinfection of frequently-contacted surfaces must be conducted prior to and following any religious service.
- Post signage at the entrance that states that no one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19 is permitted to participate in the religious service.
- Post signage to provide public health reminders regarding physical distancing, gatherings, options for high risk individuals, and staying home if sick.
- Individuals attending religious services must wear cloth face coverings in accordance with Amended Executive Order 63, Order of Public Health Emergency Five.
- If religious services cannot be conducted in compliance with the above requirements, they must not be held in-person.
We the New Berean church family have the responsibility to prepare the facility for worship, similar to the role of the Levites to Israel and the Tabernacle. We want set up and provide a facility that will:
- Allow you the opportunity to live out your calling in Christ Jesus with minimal distractions.
- Be conducive to meet your social, emotional and spiritual needs (Acts 2:44, 4:32)
- Provide protection for you against the COVID 19 virus
- Support the broader effort to contain and minimize the spread of this virus
All Virginians must continue to comply with the statewide requirements for face covering in indoor public spaces, and Virginians are strongly encouraged to:
- continue teleworking if possible;
- wash hands regularly;
- maintain six feet of physical distance when outside of home; and
- get tested immediately if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
Executive Order from The Governor
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has issued several Executive Orders (click for a complete listing) to the residents and visitors regarding the spread, containment, testing and presentation of the COVID 19 virus.
Executive Order 61 – PHASE ONE EASING OF CERTAIN TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS DUE TO NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Executive Order 63 – REQUIREMENT TO WEAR FACE COVERING
WHILE INSIDE BUILDINGS
- A cloth mask is intended to trap droplets that are released when the wearer talks, coughs or sneezes. Asking everyone to wear cloth masks can help reduce the spread of the virus by people who have COVID-19 but don’t realize it.
Executive Order 67 AMENDED – PHASE THREE TIGHTENING OF CERTAIN TEMPORARY RESTRICTIONS DUE TO NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
In the link above, the CDC has comprised a list of considerations and recommendations for faith-based communities.
How COVID Spreads – COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. We are still learning about how the virus spreads and the severity of illness it causes (read more).
Compliance to the medically administered measures and recommendations has proved to be the best was to navigate these times with minimal impact to everyone. The Lord God has mandated in I Tim. 2:1-4 we pray for those who have governing authority over our livelihood,
“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
So let us maintain a life of good works which God has ordained for us walk in, and allow the light of the glorious gospel be seen in us as we do see the day of our Lord approaching.