Schuyler County Public Health and Yates County Public Health encourage you to PAUSE before you hop into planning your Easter or other spring holiday celebration. New York State is still on PAUSE to help stop the spread of COVID-19.


The public is encouraged to reschedule family celebrations until after social distancing has been discontinued or use phone or videoconferencing to get together. Churches and other religious institutions are encouraged to use technology to hold their religious ceremonies.


"We want to extend our heartfelt wishes for happiness and health to the community." said Deborah Minor, the Public Health Director for Schuyler County and Yates County. "We know that religious services and other holiday traditions are very important, but we ask that you please keep in-person celebrations limited to those that live in your household. It is vitally important that we adhere to social distancing now so that we can all get back to spending time in-person together sooner"


Even though community members are asked to remain physically distant, they are encouraged to stay connected. Community members can stay connected with friends, family, and loved ones by phone, text, email, or through videoconferencing applications like FaceTime, Facebook Video, Skype, and Google Hangouts. Many churches and other religious institutions are also using technology to hold religious services and ceremonies.


"An Easter egg hunt in your backyard, with members of your household, is a great way to give kids a sense of normalcy during this time" Minor suggested. "I have also heard of communities placing drawn or cutout Easter Eggs in their windows so parents can drive around with their kids to try to find as many eggs as they can."


Some local churches that are offering remote services include:


WellSpring Fellowship, Penn Yan


WellSpring Fellowship invites everyone to join their online live stream Easter Service. Sunday, April 12, at 10 a.m. For details, check the Facebook page: WellSpring Fellowship of Penn Yan.


Bluff Point Methodist:


Offering online streaming of our Sunday Service, and our two Bible Study groups. Please contact pastor@BluffPointUMC.com for more information.


St. Michael Catholic, Penn Yan


Holy Week liturgies on the Our Lady of the Lakes Facebook page is as follows:


Holy Thursday, 7 p.m.


Good Friday, 3 p.m.


Easter Vigil, 8 p.m.


Easter Sunday, noon (English), 2 p.m. (en Espanol)


The Rosary daily at 3 p.m.


Bishop Salvatore Matano also invites us to join him in the liturgies at this link:https://catholiccourier.com/articles/bishop-matano-to-celebrate-holy-week-liturgies-via-livestream


Penn Yan Bible Church, Penn Yan


Worship services are streamed live via the church website (www.pybc.us), Facebook page, and YouTube.


St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Penn Yan


4/12 Easter service at 10 a.m. via ZOOM


Details: http://www.stpaulspennyan.org/zoom/


Church Website: http://www.stpaulspennyan.org/


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To learn more about New York State on PAUSE visit: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause.


For more information about COVID-19:


Visit Schuyler County Public Health online at www.schuylercounty.us/publichealth or follow Schuyler County Public Health on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


Visit Yates County Public Health online at https://www.yatescounty.org/211/Public-Health or follow Yates County Public Health on Facebook.