Your Pandemic Planning Team met on Monday, May 30th in regards to our Diocesan COVID Communiqué #103 issued on May 25, 2022. In this Communiqué we were advised that Parishes in our Diocese of Ottawa may move to the GREEN stage rules, A NEW APPROACH TO THE OLD WAYS, of the pandemic plan.
After a good discussion, your Pandemic Planning Team has determined that St. James, Carleton Place is, in general, ready to move to this stage.
What you need to know:
- Masking is encouraged but not required in all church services, events, and gatherings of any kind. Be advised, however, that Leeds, Grenville, and Lanark District Health Unit makes the following statement: “We encourage wearing a mask for the safety of you and everyone else.” Nevertheless, the choice is yours.
- As this is a personal decision for each individual, please do not comment on another person’s choice.
- Social distancing, while sometimes difficult, is still a good preventative measure as is frequent hand washing.
- As a nice bonus, you’ll see some changes to worship service routines which should look very familiar to you.
But, keep in mind, we are not ‘back to normal’. We are still operating within the parameters of the Pandemic Plan. We are just now in a modified GREEN STAGE with the acknowledgement that restrictions could increase if the virus resurges again as it did last Fall.
You can see Communiqué 103 from our Diocese here.
We thank you for all your effort over the past 2+ years to curtail/stop the spread of COVID-19 and we remind you that it is still very much in our community.
Take good care.