In recent weeks, in our local community and region we have seen a dramatic rise in the number of COVID cases. The August 25, 2021 issue of the Cleveland Daily Banner contains several articles on the increasing severity of the spread regarding number of cases and the mounting strain on our local and regional healthcare facilities, healthcare workers, and first responders. Within the parish and the extended St. Luke’s family we are seeing a concerning rise in cases among people of all ages.
From the beginning of the pandemic, the policy of St. Luke’s has been to publish and be guided by current CDC guidelines. The current guidelines as of August 13, 2021 are published below.
Going forward, every effort will be made to keep the church open and to maintain our schedule of worship services and other offerings. It will take all of us working together to help slow the spread both within the parish and in our wider community.
Love and peace,
Current CDC Guidelines Regarding Masks as of August 13, 2021
If you are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older, you should wear a mask in indoor public places.
In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings.
People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may not be fully protected even if they are fully vaccinated. They should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted mask, until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.
If you are fully vaccinated, to maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
For more information on steps you can take to help control the spread of COVID-19, please visit the CDC website here.
St. Luke's continues to follow CDC recommended guidelines as updated on August 13, 2021.