February 15, 2021
Edict No. 4-2021
To the Brethren of the Grand Lodge of Nevada:
This Edict 4-2021 replaces Edict 1-2021 and Edict 3-2021 and is effective on February 15, 2021. The new authority for guidance related to meetings will be Nevada's Roadmap to Recovery which can be found at the following website: nvhealthresponse.nv.gov and clicking on the box below Current Status: Mitigation Measures and under What's happening now.
For upcoming Lodge elections, under Section 5.020 (1) of the Nevada Masonic Code, the Grand Master has issued a blanket Dispensation to all Lodges to allow them to hold their elections at a time when the individual Lodges feel safe to meet.
Per Section 5.010 (4) of the Nevada Masonic Code, all current Officers shall hold their current offices until their successors are elected and installed. All usual bills such as rent, utilities and services may be paid when ordered by the Worshipful Master.
Each individual Lodge, its Worshipful Master and its members are encouraged to evaluate their ability to meet safely and must follow the mitigation requirements found on the Overview page of the Roadmap to Recovery (attached). This global pandemic has already taken too many of our Brothers and the decision to meet should be taken seriously and under the strict guidance established by the State of Nevada.
Should your Lodge feel the need to delay regular meetings in order to comply with the mitigation measures or simply over COVID-19 concerns, appropriate permissions will be given.
Please govern yourselves accordingly and stay safe, my Brothers.
Richard M. Graver, Jr.
David O. Martinez
Nevada's Road to Recovery
As Nevada navigates the COVID-19 global pandemic and continues vaccinating residents through an efficient and equitable approach, plans for a safe reopening must focus on how we can continue mitigating the spread while getting Nevadans back to work, protecting and recovering our economy, and getting our students back to in-person learning in the safest way possible.
According to state public health officials, a critical component of a successful reopening plan is that current restrictions must be eased incrementally and we continue to follow the mitigation measures that are proven to work. Commonly recommended or required mitigation measures are still the best way to protect people until wide-spread vaccination becomes available, including:
> limiting the number of people in enclosed spaces,'
> social distancing of at least 6 feet, 2
> requiring the use of masks, 3'4
> increasing ventilation, ' and
> using disinfectants on high-touch surfaces. 6
Each mitigation measure reduces overall risk and combining all of these measures has proven to be the most effective.
As leaders, businesses and members of the public continue to assess the risk associated with specific activities and work together to mitigate the spread and decrease community transmission, they must remember that the risk of infection from COVID-19 increases as:
> the size of groups increases, 7'8'9
> the length of exposure increases, 10
> the amount of ventilation (indoors or outdoors) decreases, 11.'2 and
> the amount of time unmasked increases. 13
It's for these reasons that the State is taking a responsible approach to reopening aimed at ensuring success for the long term and not just in the immediate and providing predictability through a clear timeline. On the following page is a summary timeline. Specific capacity limits and other changes are outlined by business or activity type in this guidance document.