On Tuesday, August 3, San Mateo County issued the well-publicized Order C 19-12 OF THE HEALTH OFFICER OF THE COUNTY FOR THE WEARING OF FACE COVERINGS IN WORKPLACES AND PUBLIC SETTINGS. 

FPCSM’s Regathering Team (RGT) immediately began communicating among team members and met Wednesday evening to determine the effect of the order on activities at FPCSM and to establish revised protocols for our ministry activities.

The County Health Officer’s Order “requires all individuals to wear face coverings when indoors in workplaces and public settings, with limited exemptions.” The requirement to wear a face covering applies regardless of vaccination status.  

FPCSM will comply with the County Order. This applies to Sunday morning worship and other gatherings in the sanctuary e.g., memorial services, Bible studies, small group meetings, and other activities that occur indoors.

The only applicable exemptions to the face covering requirement for FPCSM activities are:

  - Persons working alone in a closed office or room
  - Persons who are actively eating or drinking
  - Persons who are specifically exempted from wearing face masks pursuant to other CDPH guidance

As the Face Covering Order only addresses the wearing of masks indoors, we are not currently implementing any other changes in our protocols and activities, e.g., Coffee & Connect, memorial services and receptions, other ministry activities, and planned youth and children’s activities all of which have their own established, activity-specific protections and protocols.

We are mindful of the unvaccinated among us, especially our children, and seek to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and its deadly Delta Variant. The RGT encourages all to be vaccinated, and we pray for God’s mercy and healing to bring an end to the pandemic.

The Regathering Team