Last month the Centers for Disease Control released new guidelines for wearing masks indoors, our Bishop provided corresponding guidelines for parishes, and our vestry decided it best to continue to wear masks indoors.
Since then, our vestry has continued to discuss the best options for our parish as we push forward together through the pandemic. Taking into consideration the effectiveness of vaccines and the growing number of vaccinated people, the vestry has decided that it is time to take another step forward regarding our mask policy. Below is the updated COVID-19 Precautions Policy, which will go into effect Sunday June 27th (with the exception of the food and drink update).
COVID-19 Precautions Policy Update – June 2021
- Masks are mandatory for any person who is not fully vaccinated (defined as 2 weeks past the final dose of a vaccine) at all gatherings and worship services inclusive of children over the age of 2.
- Fully vaccinated persons may choose to wear a mask or not at all parish activities. To be fully vaccinated means a person has received all rounds of shots and at least 14 days have passed since the last vaccination.
- Singing will continue in worship; unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated persons must continue to wear a mask.
- Worship and event check-in will continue to be required at all parish events and services so we are able to contact people if someone tests positive for COVID-19
- Events with food and drink may resume indoors beginning on July 4, 2021
We will proceed with these practices as our vestry continues to discuss the best options for our parish to move forward, while watching for developments to guide it in its decisions. As a result of the COVID-19 Precaution Policy Update, Church of the Epiphany has made updates to its Covenant of Care:
Church of the Epiphany’s Updated Covenant of Care
When we come to Church of the Epiphany, we are all agreeing to:
- Wearing a clean mask over my mouth and nose while inside church buildings if I am not fully vaccinated, including children over the age of 2.
- Honor the desires of individuals by asking a person the desired preference of greeting
- Following instructions provided by volunteer ushers and greeters.
- If I have had a cough, muscle pain, shortness of breath, diarrhea, rash, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever, red-eye, weakness, bruising or bleeding, new joint pain that does not go away, severe headache, lack of sense of smell or sense of taste, or if I have been in contact with someone who was confirmed to have COVID-19, I will stay home for a least 14 days and seek appropriate medical care.
- If I or a member of my household tests positive for COVID-19, my household agrees to inform the rector as soon as possible so others may be alerted whilst protecting the confidentiality and identity of the person who tested positive.