VBUMC Covid-19 Policy for In-Person Gatherings
The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be a challenge for many individuals and organizations around the world. With the rise of the Omicron Variant, it is likely that cases will rise in our area. Fortunately, the early indications point to the likelihood that while Omicron is highly contagious, it is less severe in its effects for most people. However, the elderly and those with underlying health conditions continue to be at greater risk.
While we will continue to monitor the conditions in our area and adjust if necessary, the policies that were in place in May of 2021 remain in place. Wearing masks is optional for those who are fully vaccinated, but required for those who have not been vaccinated. Children and teens who are vaccinated, along with children under the age of 5 years are not required to wear masks. Singing is permitted, food and drink is also permitted. Those who have received a positive Covid test should not attend in-person events at our facilities until ten days after their test provided all symptoms have subsided. Those who have symptoms but have not tested positive for Covid should not attend in-person events until their symptoms have cleared up or until they receive a negative Covid test. Anyone who is not comfortable attending or unable to attend worship services in person can participate online. Many of our weekday in-person meetings and classes have a Zoom option for those who are not comfortable attending or cannot attend in person.