SEPTEMBER 12, 2021
With the recent surge in COVID-19 Delta variant cases, related revision in CDC guidelines, and the expected increase of in-person attendance, the Meadowbrook COVID-19 protection protocol is being adjusted, effective Rally Day Sunday (September 12th), as follows:
- All persons attending indoor in-person services will be required to wear a mask while in the building, regardless of vaccination status.
- All persons who are involved or participating in Church services should keep their masks on unless they are speaking, singing, reading or otherwise presenting as part of the service.
- Seating for indoor in-person services will be done via alternating pews and social distancing within pews, to the extent reasonably practicable.
The foregoing adjustments, which we anticipate will be temporary, are being implemented, because the COVID-19 vaccine is still unavailable for children under age 12, who will be attending in-person Church services. Additionally, certain others attending inside services who are vaccinated may be returning home to family members who are immunocompromised and/or still unable to get vaccinated and therefore “at risk” for other reasons.
The adjustment decision is thus viewed as an appropriate, directed safety precaution, deferential to “at risk” persons in light of the changing nature of COVID-19 and related CDC guidelines.
While the adjustments admittedly give rise to some inconvenience to those who have been vaccinated and are not at risk, they are viewed as affording a fair and reasonable balance directed at protecting “at risk” persons who otherwise may be exposed to a virus known to cause serious illness.
Because of the changing nature of COVID-19, the Advisory Council, with the input from the Senior Minister, staff, and others in leadership will be reviewing Meadowbrook’s safety protocol on a monthly basis, with input from anyone else impacted by the changes being also welcomed and encouraged.
The courtesy, cooperation and patience of everyone dealing with and/or affected by application the protocol is requested and will be greatly appreciated.