Earlier this year, Church of the Holy Communion made a decision to link its COVID mitigation protocols to the latest guidance issued by the Shelby County Health Department. Our community received new guidance from Shelby County Health yesterday, and I am writing to update you on our norms.
By my reading, the Health Department has decided to change its language regarding the wearing of face masks in public buildings from “required” to “highly recommended.” That will be our policy as well, effective immediately. Should the Health Department feel a need to require masks again in the future, please know that we will likely adjust our policy accordingly.
I take the phrase “highly recommended” at face value. It is still a best practice for those who can safely wear masks indoors to do so, and your clergy have decided that we will continue wearing our masks in church for the time being. Furthermore, we have reserved Quilling Memorial Chapel for those people who wish to wear masks and observe physical distancing at the 10:30 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. services on Sunday.
Of course, one of the best things we can do to help stem the spread of COVID-19 among ourselves and the people that we love is to be vaccinated if it is medically appropriate for us to do so. Holy Communion is proud to say that we have a 100% vaccination rate among our employees.
While I rejoice in the favorable progress that we have made in recent weeks and in the loosening of restrictions, I encourage everyone to be vaccinated and remain vigilant. We may be done with COVID, but COVID isn’t done with us just yet.
Yours in faith,