Published: March 8, 2022
After nearly two years of COVID-19 in our community, we are heartened to see that infection rates have decreased dramatically, with Monroe County now in the “low risk” category according to the CDC. As a result, we are now ready to adjust our masking policy from “masks required” to “masks recommended.” This policy is reflective of the updated CDC guidance and in line with what is happening in other public venues in our area.
We recognize that while many people are ready to get rid of masks altogether, many others would prefer to keep wearing them. We will be respectful of both decisions as we move forward. Further, to help promote the safety of the community during worship, we will continue to keep every other pew roped off in our sanctuary to allow for better social distancing. Because of the tight quarters, we will also maintain a masking requirement in the chancel for now.
If the last two years of the pandemic have taught us anything, it is that flexibility is essential. As the situation changes, we will continue to make decisions with the health and safety of the community in mind. Over the next few weeks, we anticipate slowly making other adjustments to our policies, including adding refreshments back into our Sunday morning routine.
One way that you can help us is by staying home if you are unwell or have recently had a known exposure. While physical presence is an important part of our life together as a worshiping community, we also know that we remain connected as the Body of Christ even over great distances.
Thank you for your patience and your grace as we continue to find our way through this strange moment.
In Christian Love,
The COVID-19 Task Force