August 6 | Update from the Pandemic Safety Task Force and Session

August 6 | Update from the Pandemic Safety Task Force and Session

Dear Friends,

We continue to trust the Lord in the midst of Covid variant developments. We know He will sustain us and will continue to give us grace as we seek to move forward together.

We are monitoring the evolving situation regarding the Covid Delta variant, as well as the directives and recommendations coming from the federal, state and local authorities regarding safety and best practices.

On August 3, 2021, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors issued a recommendation, taking into account the evolving Covid situation, that masks be worn and physical distancing be observed in public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status. They note that they made this recommendation based on the updated CDC guidance and the recent increased number of Covid 19 cases in Northern Virginia related to the Delta variant. The communication is a recommendation and is not a directive.

In view of the Covid developments and the County Board of Supervisors’ recommendations, the Task Force is currently recommending that all individuals at Grace take those precautions they believe appropriate to ensure their safety and that of their families and fellow members, including considering mask wearing and physical distancing. The live stream broadcasting of services will continue. Seeing the high rate of vaccinations in our congregation and the ability and willingness of individuals and families to take those precautions necessary to ensure the safety of our church family, we are not at this time reinstating the policy of mandatory mask wearing and physical distancing.

Whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, please use your best judgment as it relates to mask wearing and physical distancing. Note that distance is easier to maintain at the more lightly attended 9 AM service or in the fellowship hall overflow area during the 11 AM service.

In light of our shared commitment as a church to take actions to ensure the safety of all in our congregation, especially those who are most vulnerable, we will continue to monitor Covid-related developments and all relevant guidance from federal, state and local authorities, and will adjust our Covid-related policies accordingly.

May the Lord continue to bless our church family with love and unity as we seek to honor Him and care for one another during this challenging season of life.

In Christ,

The Task Force and Session of Grace Church