MLC's COVID-19 Mask Policy and Other Precautions
The congregation has voted to make masks optional in the church's nave and in all other areas of the building.
You are asked to wear a well fitting mask if you serve in the chancel or sacristy. . . *
as keyboardist, assisting minister, lector (read the lessons), acolyte/communion assistant, or on the altar guild team.
SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) is an airborne virus that moves through the air like smoke. Following CDC guidelines regarding the importance of ventilation and air cleaning, windows will be open throughout the year as temperatures allow and HEPA standard air filters will be running in the nave and chancel. Our worship space has a high ceiling, but the church is not equipped with a modern HVAC system.
If you have been exposed or think you may have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), please stay home, test and REST. Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) negatives are less reliable since the virus has been allowed to mutate and variants have become "smarter," so test several times over a period of days. If you can't avoid going out, such as to work because you have no paid sick leave, the CDC advises wearing a well fitting mask * to protect others whether you have symptoms or not. Even asymptomatic people can infect others with COVID-19, which can cause severe illness, disability and/or death.
* Well fitting NIOSH approved respirators (N95s) and masks (KN95s/KF94s) are recommended by the CDC to protect yourself and others. The better the seal of any respirator or mask and the more people wearing them, the more effective they are. Though an unbraced surgical mask is better than no mask, if worn with a brace to get a good seal, a high quality surgical mask can work well.