NEW COVID-19 POLICIES EFFECTIVE MAY 28, 2021
Based on three sources of new guidance – the federal Center for Disease Control, the state of Virginia (effective midnight today--28 May), and Metropolitan Tikhon -- we are instituting the following new COVID-19 guidance for religious services and related activities:
- Temperatures will no longer be taken upon entry (this change was instituted for the most recent Vespers on 22 May).
- Individuals who have been fully vaccinated for two weeks or more will not be required to wear masks: they may go unmasked or masked as they choose. Proof of vaccination will not be required: we will accept their word as good Christians.
- Those either not yet fully vaccinated or not vaccinated at all (ages 5 years and older) will need to continue to wear masks and maintain social distancing from others attending services (e.g., other singles, couples or family groups).
- For the foreseeable future, we will continue to abide by the current configuration in the chapel we are using for services, i.e., the pew-blocking rails will remain in place: this configuration enforces a degree of social distancing for attendees as a whole; we will continue to use this configuration until our Catholic hosts authorize the removal of the pew guards.
- While there will no longer be the email routine involving “request to attend” and “approval to attend” services, we will continue to enforce a sign-in (in-person at the entrance) procedure for contact tracing purposes in the event notifications related to COVID become necessary.
- The parish council has not yet addressed the resumption of coffee hours.
- Services are not yet open to the public beyond our known community; should someone who has not attended previously wish to attend, please have him/her contact Deacon Matthew Prentice, the administrator in charge. COVID waivers will remain in effect and will be required for new attendees (i.e., anyone who has not previously executed a COVID waiver or been covered by one executed by a parent/guardian).
The following link to the CDC website is provided for your information:
Please address any questions or concerns about these new guidelines to Deacon Matthew or another member of the parish council.
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