With Covid-19 cases surging in the state, the dioceses of Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan have jointly announced that masks will be required for indoor gatherings for all. They had been required of clergy, liturgy leaders and choirs, and strongly recommended for others.
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A COVID-19 Directive Update From Bishop Perry
January 11, 2022
- Masks are required to be worn (covering mouth and nose) for all indoor gatherings. This includes all instances where there is more than one person in a room at a time: worship, vestry and annual meetings, formation classes, office spaces, community groups, etc. For worship, the preacher only may remove their mask while delivering the sermon. This exception does not extend to readers or other members of the altar party.
- Coffee hour and any gatherings with food or drinks are now prohibited.
- Congregations with community meal programs are asked to return to “carry out/take away” food options only.
These temporary measures are to remain in place through the first week of February, with the possibility of extension past February 6, 2022. The leadership of the 3 lower peninsula dioceses will meet again in early February to determine if these provisions need to be extended or changed.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Bonnie A. Perry
11th Bishop of the Diocese of Michigan