Since (re)reopening in mid-February 2022, we’ve been intentional in our approach to our COVID-19 health and safety protocols. As has been the case over the last 2 years, we continue to consult with professionals from within our community, consider the case numbers both nationally and locally, as well as CDC recommendations. We believe we have made decisions that have ensured the health, safety, and wellbeing of members and friends.
Therefore, amid declining COVID infection rates and increasing vaccination rates, as well taking the lead from many local school districts Asylum Hill Congregational Church will transition its face mask requirement to a mask-optional policy effective immediately. The exception to this will be Faith Lab on Sunday mornings. As soon as we are ready to announce changes to Faith Lab policies another communication will be issued.
While face masks will now be optional, we strongly recommend that you wear a mask indoors if you are unvaccinated, are at high risk for illness, have tested positive, or have been close to someone who tested positive for COVID within the past 10 days. We also ask that anyone with COVID-like symptoms stay home for the safety of themselves and others.
The other note we feel compelled to share is that absolutely no one should feel shame or encounter pressure or judgement of any kind for continuing to wear a mask. This has been a long, agonizing journey for all of us, and it’s not yet completely over. As we have said throughout the pandemic, emerging from this is going to be so much messier than it was going into it. As your pastors, we expect you will treat one another with respect, grace, and love – recognizing you may know nothing at all about another person’s journey.