The COVID-19 whirlwind continues in Ohio. The Governor of Ohio, Mike DeWine, ordered today a closure of K-12 schools for three weeks as well as banning public gatherings of 100 or more people. During those three weeks schools will be making calamity preparations to continue teaching via remote learning methods if necessary. The ban on public gatherings of 100 or more people in Ohio has no expiration date attached to it although, as a practical matter, it technically expires when Governor DeWine leaves office if not revoked sooner. He’s in the second year of a four year term so an unmodified order could theoretically run until January 13, 2023.

Right now I am hurrying along trying to gather test participants to see what I can do with video conferencing in Microsoft Teams. I have a few people and will need a few more. Courtesy UCLA’s Eugene Volokh, it appears that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is suspending in-person church services across the entirety of the planet. They’re digging in for the long haul. The neighboring Roman Catholic diocese of Erie has granted dispensation relative to the obligation to attend Sunday mass for their faithful but the local diocesan for the Ashtabula area has not. The Roman Catholic diocese of Cleveland, also nearby Ashtabula, granted a smaller dispenation. Nobody specifically has asked for a plan at my church yet but normally I get asked at the very last minute so I need to be prepared.

Apparently there are a lot of articles already written on this topic and there is already a shoe-string operations HOWTO seemingly. Strangely enough turnkey solutions exist as well. These are things that normally would never even be considered as being appropriate in the life of the church I normally attend. Having to react to changing circumstances and politicians making things up as they go along means I am having to strike a happy medium as I go especially as I have no budget of any sort.

Development efforts continue. I’m going to have to pull what documentation I can on OBS Studio and study it quickly. Eventually I have to document my efforts for reproducibility.