On Thursday, Gov. Evers issued Executive Order 82
and Emergency Medical Order 1
, requiring all individuals age five and older to wear a face covering if the individual is indoors or in an outdoor enclosed space (other than a private residence), and at least one other person who is not a member of that individual’s household or living unit is present in the same room or enclosed space, and comes with a $200 fine. There are a few exceptions including: for children under 2; for individuals with trouble breathing, or with medical, developmental, mental health or other conditions that prevent them from wearing a face covering; and for State Legislature and Supreme Court office buildings. Medical grade masks and respirators are allowed, but discouraged for the general public to preserve supplies. Masks are recommended but not required outdoors, as well. The Order is in effect from midnight on Saturday, August 1st through September 28th, or until superseded or revoked.
Trinity intends to abide by the order and is asking everyone to wear face coverings while this order is in effect. This includes Sunday morning services, as well as any committee meeting, event, or general meeting where two or more people (not living together) are present. We are also tracking temperatures of all volunteers and staff, and remind you to check into the log sheet in the front hall for any of these "two-people-or-more" meetings as well.
The Order allows one exception related to Trinity's programs, which may affect what you see during the live streamed worship services...
While a single individual is giving a religious, political, media, educational, artistic, cultural, musical, or theatrical presentation for an audience, the single speaker may remove the face covering when actively speaking. While the face covering is removed, the speaker must remain at least 6 feet away from all other individuals at all times.
... which we interpret as meaning that the speaker can remove the mask, while properly socially distanced, to deliver announcements or a message. We also interpret this as allowing one singer to remove their mask while actively singing, again, as long as they are able to remain at least 6' feet away from the others on stage.
If you don't have a mask, Trinity has a number that have been donated, available near the Front entrance, which are yours to use and take with you.