COVID PRECAUTIONS IN THE YELLOW PHASE
Effective May 30th, 2021, St George’s Church (and Allegany County) will have officially entered the “yellow” phase of COVID-19 precautions. A number of restrictions have been lifted, and these will be reflected in our activities.
Am I still required to wear a mask in church?
If you have been fully vaccinated (two shots, the second at least two weeks ago), the wearing of a mask in church is optional. That means you may wear one if for any reason you prefer to, but you are not required to wear it.
If you have not been fully vaccinated, or are in the process (only one shot or less than two weeks), or are not able to be vaccinated because of health issues, or have decided that you will not get vaccinated, the wearing of a mask in church is still strongly recommended for your own protection. Out of Christian love, you should do all in your power to safeguard yourself and the people around you.
If you want to join in the singing of the hymns and service music, you are required to wear your mask, at least while you are singing.
Where may I sit?
Please continue to maintain the distancing indicated by the blue tape.
What should I do at the Sign of Peace?
Continue to safely greet others without making physical contact or moving away from your pew.
How should I receive Holy Communion?
The priest will bring Communion to you in your pew, as we have been doing. Please stand to receive the paper cup. Communion is only distributed in the form of bread at this time.
Should I keep my Prayer Book and Hymnal in the plastic bag?
That is optional. Do so if you feel safer.
How should we socialize outside the service?
Outdoors, masks are optional but may be worn if you prefer.
Indoors, if you are wearing a mask, keep it on. If you are not wearing your mask and you want to speak with someone who is wearing a mask, ask if they would prefer you put yours on.
When the monthly coffee hour resumes, the same mask guidelines will be in effect as in the church. Refreshments will be served cafeteria-style – the server, wearing mask and gloves, will hand you a plate of whatever you ask for, but you cannot serve yourself from an open plate or bowl.
For meetings: if everyone is fully vaccinated, masks are optional. If some prefer to remain masked, others are not required to wear theirs, but may choose to do so as a courtesy. Refreshments may be provided, but cannot be self-service.
If you have any questions, please ask Father Tom.