On Thursday, May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the decision to ease face mask guidance for fully vaccinated individuals. (A person is "fully vaccinated" 2 weeks after receiving their second dose in a 2- dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine.)

On Friday, May 14, the Pima County Board of Supervisors rescinded the mask mandate in the county.

Following the County’s lead, on Tuesday, May 18, Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and the City Council voted to end the mask mandate within the city.

We at Rincon Baptist Church are concerned for the safety and welfare of everyone and are therefore encouraging anyone who is not fully vaccinated to continue to wear a face covering while in public. However, since we cannot tell who is fully vaccinated and who is not, Rincon Baptist Church is lifting the face covering requirement at our in-person worship services.

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Rincon Baptist Church resumed in-person worship services. In our efforts to keep everyone safe and healthy, we are encouraging anyone who is not fully vaccinated to continue to wear a face covering.

We will continue to hold Sunday morning services online as well as in-person. You can find us on Facebook or YouTube. For now, there will be NO Sunday evening services, and the Wednesday Evening Prayer Gathering will continue to be ONLINE ONLY.

Our greatest concern is the protection of our people, especially the members of our congregation that are at the greatest risk: people who are 65 or older, those with underlying medical conditions and those who are immunocompromised. We will do all we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 not only in our church, but in our community as well.

The following guidelines remain in place:

  • Those attending Sunday Morning Worship Services in person who are not fully vaccinated are encouraged to continue to wear a face covering

  • Sunday Morning Worship Services will continue to be streamed online (Facebook, YouTube, rinconbaptist.org)

  • Wednesday Night Prayer Gathering will be held ONLINE ONLY.

  • Tex's Bible Study (Digging Deeper) began meeting in September, 2020 in the Fellowship Hall.

  • Beth Ann's class (Women's Bible Study) began meeting in September, 2020 in the Women's Bible Study classroom.

  • Sonny's class began meeting in April

Please pray for us as we do our best to protect all of you and as we take steps to safely introduce our members and guests back into the sanctuary. We do look forward to seeing all of you who choose to attend. We encourage you to gather safely and always be considerate of those around you.

 

CDC GUIDELINES:

  1. Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.

  2. If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.

  3. If your children are sick, keep them at home. Do not send them to school. Contact your medical provider.

  4. If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Do not go to school. Contact your medical provider.

  5. If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.

  6. If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.

  7. Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

  8. Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.

  9. If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.

  10. Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.

  11. Avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts - use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.

  12. Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.

  13. Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.

  14. Practice good hygiene:

  • Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.

  • Avoid touching your face.

  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.

  • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.