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Grand Master's Edict No. 4 - 29 May 2020

posted Jun 1, 2020, 10:46 AM by Alan Power   [ updated Jun 1, 2020, 10:47 AM ]

DATE: May 29, 2020

TO: All Masons in Nevada

EDICT NO. 4 — COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Brethren,

Pursuant to my Edict No. 3 that no Masons may meet in defiance of our Governor's Directive or recommendations, I am strongly advising to have no Masonic meetings while we are in Phase Two of our Governor's Nevada United: Road map to Recovery expected to end June 30. Please schedule your meetings for later in the year. We still average well over a hundred new cases daily in Nevada, a number that may even go up as more business begin to open.

I realize there has been much publicity about Section 10 prohibiting gatherings of 50 people or more. That is only one specific prohibition and does not imply recommendation of meetings with 49 or less are in anyway safe or advised. Our standards as Masons require us to be good examples and follow the civil law and my order was specific to follow all recommendations, not just the legal requirements. A wise man once told me that just being a "law abiding citizen" is a pretty low standard.

Governor Sisolak's Phase 2 actual Directive has been released online and can be found here: https://nvhealthresponse.nv.goviwp-content/uploads/2020/05/Directive-021-Phase-Two-Reopening-Plan.pdf

Specifically, Sections 5, 6, 7 and 8 (attached) apply to our gentle Craft and at this time believe the wording clearly indicates our Governor would not want us meeting and certainly advise against it. Masonry is a glorious institution, but we have no hard requirement to meet and doing so puts our Brethren and their loved one's safety at risk.

As a reminder, my Edict No. 3 expressly removes the penalties for all Lodges who remain closed while Governor Sisolak's Directives and my Edicts prevents our regular meetings. My previous communication extends the removal of those penalties for the month of June. want to add that I prohibit any Master of their Lodge to punish any officer that prefers not to meet at this time.

Accordingly, should any Master of their Lodge decide to disregard my advice and still call a meeting I have some guidance to offer. You cannot vary your standard work beyond dispensing with the pass for Brothers the Deacons know are of the required degree. This is only to enhance safety and strictly limits any Lodge activity to reading of petitions, hand votes and proficiencies, only if the candidate describes rather than acts on any points of contact. Again, this is to enhance safety. You must all wear masks and avoid contact. You may not hold any Degrees, conduct any ballots or any other work that requires personal contact or repeated contact with a common object.

will offer guidance as new directives, recommendations and guidelines are published.

Above all, please be extra cautious in all your actions for our members and for their families. Remember this virus often has no symptoms so it is best to presume everyone, including yourself is contagious.

May God bless you all and keep you safe.

Fraternally,

Louis J Castle II            Attest: David O Martinez, PGM

 Grand Master                Grand Secretary


SECTION 4: Businesses performing non-retail services, including without limitation, legal services, accounting services, or real estate services, are encouraged to conduct business telephonically or virtually to the greatest extent practicable. These businesses are encouraged to permit employees to work from home to the greatest extent practicable.

SECTION 5: For the purposes of this Directive, "vulnerable persons" are defined as those who are at heightened risk of complications from COVID-19 disease, and include:

(1)           Individuals who are 65 years of age and older;

(2)           Individuals with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma;

(3)           Individuals who have serious heart conditions;

(4)           Individuals who are immunocompromised;

(5)           Pregnant women; or

(6)           Individuals determined to be high risk by a licensed healthcare provider.

SECTION 6: All vulnerable persons are strongly encouraged to stay at home to the greatest extent possible, except when necessary to provide, support, perform, or operate necessary activities, minimum basic operations, critical government functions, necessary travel, or essential businesses.

SECTION 7: The phrase "social distancing" references guidance promulgated by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including without limitation, maintaining at least six feet of physical distancing from other individuals. The phrase "sanitation requirements," "sanitation measures," and "sanitation guidelines" includes without limitation, washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible, using hand sanitize; coveting coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands.

SECTION 8: All Nevadans are strongly encouraged to stay in their residences to the greatest extent possible. Recognizing that COVED-19 is still present in Nevada and highly contagious, Nevadans are advised that they are safer at home and should avoid interpersonal contact with persons not residing in their households to the extent practicable. Nevadans are urged to avoid travel to the greatest extent practicable. To reduce the spread of COVID-19 via respiratory transmission, the Nevada public should utilize face coverings in public spaces.

SECTION 9: Pursuant to NRS 441A.180, persons testing positive for COVID-19 shall stay at home and "self-quarantine" for a minimum of two weeks, except as necessary to care for themselves or seek medical care. Persons determined to be in contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 must quarantine and stay at home for two weeks, or until a negative test result has been received.

SECTION 10: Section 1 of Directive 007 is hereby further amended to provide that effective 12:01 am on May 29, 2020, the Nevada general public shall not gather in groups of more than fifty in any indoor or outdoor area subject to the limitations of this section, whether publicly owned or privately owned where the public has access by right or invitation, express or implied, whether by payment of money or not. Section 3 of Directive 007 shall remain in force.

SECTION 11: Communities of worship and faith-based organizations, including without limitation, churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples, are strongly encouraged to offer online and drive-up services to the greatest extent possible. Effective 12:01 am on May 29, 2020, consistent with other

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Alan Power,
Jun 1, 2020, 10:47 AM