The churches in Tennessee are now permitted to meet in person while strongly urged to take safety precautions as presented by the CDC for the prevention of the spread of covid-19.
Policy for Covid-19 Exposure
If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 you must quarantine for 14 days from the last exposure before returning to any church activity. This is true if you were exposed to them before testing if they were symptomatic at the time. Exposure is having been within 6 feet of a Covid-19 positive person for 15 minutes or more. If you have been exposed to a person who has been exposed, and they have no symptoms and have not tested, you have not been exposed.
If you wish to receive a Covid-19 test rather than wait the 14 days, a 3 day waiting period is necessary before being tested to be sure the necessary time has lapsed for the virus to be detectable. A PCR test is necessary rather than a rapid test since the rapid test has a high rate of false negatives. The Tipton County Health Department tests for free with the PCR test with results being available usually within 24 hours, making a minimum quarantine of 4 or 5 days after the last exposure. If you had Covid-19, you must be symptom free without the help of medications for a period of 24 hours and have the authorization of your health care provider.
The CDC guidelines for those vaccinated allow for normal activity but only for those vaccinated. However, the vaccination doesn’t provide 100% protection, so we encourage you to be aware of that fact. If you’ve had covid in the last 90 days, you are considered immune. How long that immunity lasts beyond that seems to vary and isn’t known for certain. 90 days seems to be the safest guideline.
If you have any symptoms that could possibly be covid; congestion, sneezing, coughing, fever, aches, etc., please stay home! This variant is one that the whole family gets, not just one person.
Everyone is asked to sanitize their hands regularly and wearing a face mask is strongly recommended, especially if you are not vaccinated. Please be seated keeping others in mind. Families sitting together is recommended but consider others as you choose your seat and maintain some distance, 6 feet apart is the CDC guideline. You may want to have group conversations outside as an added precaution. The bathrooms can be crowded so consider others and wait if you see maintaining distancing is not possible. Sanitization station are available and we encourage their use.
The pandemic is an opportunity for all of us to be Christ’s evangelists. Those who prefer quarantining themselves can join us online making access to the church easier than ever before. Talk about it on your Facebook page, invite others who are unchurched. More people than usual will be at home and this is a good time for them to check us out from the comfort of their homes on our live stream.
We can still grow and learn and serve Christ’s kingdom during this time and we can do it together. Pray that God will show the way and eliminate the threat of this virus and for His kingdom to flourish through it.
In addition, we have begun our Wednesday dinners again, please watch for announcements in case this changes. If there is a class you’d like to participate in and wish not to be in person, email [email protected] and we will see about getting you access online.
You can find updated information about our Ignite classes on Facebook and on the Church Center app. We have asked our Connection Groups to use safety precautions when meeting in person. Anyone may participate in our Connections Groups, Wednesday Ignite classes as well as our service via the internet. Just send a request stating your interest to [email protected] and a link will be sent that will allow you to join online.
CR will continue meeting from 6pm to 8pm on Tuesdays unless otherwise announced.
For updates on outreach and programs text “RezFamily” to 94000 and you will receive regular text messages with updates.
We encourage everyone to stay connected to your Restoration family using the means with which you are most comfortable during this time.
Be safe and stay healthy, play it smart and let us pray for one another!