COVID-19 Church Impact Statement - UPDATED 01-31-2021
Bible Baptist Fellowship is in Schuyler County in the Southern Tier Region of New York State. This region currently remains in Phase 4 of Governor Cuomo's plan for reopening the State. Due to the present COVID-19 restrictions services will be for members and regular attenders only. Services will be held as announced privately. The following public social distancing guideline will be followed:
“Any person who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance.” (NYS Public Health Law
Pastor Varner does not speculate on the seriousness of the threat of COVID-19 or on the value of masks. These topics related to public health are the responsibility of elected officials. We simply believe in cooperating with government guidelines that are intended to address the current circumstances as they are perceived and understood.
Additionally, we believe it most difficult and unlikely to maintain social distancing in doorways and while moving about inside the church, therefore to contribute to public safety, masks will be required when moving throughout the church. While seated and socially distanced, masks are not required.