COVID-19 information

Monthly Update

November 1, 2020

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

We are pleased to introduce the article Crowdfunding 101: Fundraising During the Pandemic, by Soror Vivian, an M.O.E. Delegate. Thank you to Vivian for providing this useful and well timed information.

As we have entered the colder months we have seen a definite slowing of requests to perform outdoor Mass and Minerval, and as COVID numbers rise throughout the country, U.S.G.L. remains hesitant to broaden the offerings to include indoor.

At this time indoor events remain prohibited.

We continue to research requirements for safe indoor events and will post an update here when we are satisfied that the risk is manageable enough to support that change.

Things your local leadership can do to prepare for that eventuality:

  1. Make plans for the spring, when outdoor events may be more appealing in your area.

  2. Familiarize yourself with what we are currently asking for in your proposals. Upon request (contact planning@oto-usa.org), the CRT will provide inquiring Masters with the policy documentation and requirements for an event proposal. We can also provide you with an example proposal as successfully submitted by another Master.

  3. Read up on indoor air quality safety measures. In addition to the many other safety measures we’ll require you to take, the lynch-pin for indoor events is coming down to air quality. In the event that we do accept proposals for indoor events, we’re going to want to know about your space, it’s square footage, ceiling height, and types of ventilation available.

Love is the law, love under will.

The U.S.G.L. COVID Response Team




Outdoor Events Policy

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Effective October 1, 2020 the outdoor events policy has been updated to include provisions for indoor bathroom use.

Effective September 7, 2020 the outdoor events policy has been updated to change the language from “household” to “stay-at-home”*, and to add contact information for bodies of U.S.G.L. wishing to pursue dispensation for outdoor celebrations of the Gnostic Mass or the Minerval initiation.

Effective July 5, 2020, bodies of O.T.O. may meet under the following circumstances ONLY:

  • Outdoor

  • Masks required

  • Socially distanced (6+’ between Stay-At-Home units*)

  • No shouting or singing

  • No shared food, tools, utensils, game pieces, etc.

  • Hand sanitizer available

  • May utilize an indoor bathroom, so long as only one person is allowed to enter the building at a time, and sanitation equipment (spray, wipes, etc.) is provided. All attendees must be instructed to wear their mask at all times, to close the toilet lid before flushing and to sanitize surfaces after using

https://globalepidemics.org/key-metrics-for-covid-suppression/

*”Stay At Home” is generally defined as people who live in the same home and stay at home as much as possible who only leave for work and essential activities and are avoiding group/indoor gatherings. See your local regulations for definitions specific to your state/county.

Any outdoor rituals performed must conform to the above restrictions.

Additional dispensation is required for outdoor celebrations of the Gnostic Mass or the Minerval initiation. For more information contact planning@oto-usa.org.

More information:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/considerations-for-events-gatherings.html

As with all policies pertaining to local body activities, the Master is responsible for understanding and effectively enforcing this policy.

Love is the law, love under will.


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