At Christ The King Lutheran Church we care about you and want you to worship with us safely. We have worked hard to bring ourselves in compliance with CDC recommendations, basing our actions on, first of all, our love for God and for our neighbor, and secondly, on applying science-based solutions.
By order of the State of Wisconsin, everyone age 5 and older must wear a mask or appropriate face covering when inside a building that is not a private residence, and when another person or persons are present who are not members of your household. This order includes houses of worship and does not exempt them.
Wearing a mask or face covering is a good thing to do, regardless of whether the government has mandated it. At the very least, it calms the fears of those around us, and may provide some limited benefit in preventing the spread of the virus. Yet, even though wearing a mask is a good thing for most of us to do, it may not be good for everyone to do. According to the state’s order, the following individuals are exempt from having to wear a face covering or mask:
1. Children between the ages of 2 and 5 (while it’s recommended for that age group, wearing a mask or face covering is not required. No mask is recommended for children under age 2.)
2. Individuals who have trouble breathing.
3. Individuals who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance.
4. Individuals with medical conditions, intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, or other sensory sensitivities that prevent the individual from wearing a face covering.
We will not turn anyone away who seeks the comfort of Christ and the Gospel. Everyone is welcome at our services. If you do not have a mask of your own, you may use one from our supply of disposable masks. The current “mask mandate” runs from August 1 through September 28.
By far, social distancing is the most important factor in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Those infected with COVID-19 are often without symptoms for several days; many show no symptoms at all. The virus is spread in two ways: by aerosol transmission (think of marbles), and by droplets (think of boulders). Aerosol transmission is when dry particles are expelled from the lungs simply by breathing. Droplets occur when someone coughs or sneezes. The best ways to avoid breathing in someone else’s aerosol or droplets is by being physically distanced—or socially distanced—from them.
Here’s how we have implemented social distancing here at Christ The King.
If you have questions about why we are doing any of these things—or if you’re wondering why we are not doing a certain thing, feel free to ask.