Thu, Aug 5 at 11:10 AM
To: St. Paul Members
From: Pastor Zimmerman
DuPage County has a "substantial" level of coronavirus transmission as of August 3rd, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
I am being told it is unlikely that DuPage will drop back to a lower level of transmission anytime soon.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in public if they live in an area with "substantial" or "high" transmission levels. Those who aren't fully vaccinated are urged to wear masks in those settings, regardless of transmission level. This guidance applies in workplaces, retail stores, restaurants and bars, fitness and recreation centers, libraries, government buildings, health care facilities, and other public venues. You may have seen, for example, that the Addison Public Library is now requiring masks for entry.
What does this mean for St. Paul?
We will require those at worship to resume wearing masks beginning this Saturday, August 10th.
Masks will be provided for those who need them.
I am not aware of any new limits to occupancy or social distancing requirements. Voluntary social distancing is still a good idea.
Walking Communion will be suspended until there is a reduction in transmission rates.
This is a very sad setback. Please remember that wearing masks in these situations is an act of Christian care and love.
Yes, it may be an inconvenience. At the same time, it is nothing compared to what the Good Samaritan did to love an unknown neighbor.
Please contact me if you have any questions. We will continue to watch developments on a daily basis.