We have an update for those of you who plan to worship with us in-person Sunday, May 23 and in the future. The Virginia governor has lifted Virginia’s universal indoor mask mandate to align with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since we have followed CDC guidelines and the governor’s mandates since March 2020, we will continue to do so with this new mandate. This means no masks are necessary to worship at BCC if you have been fully vaccinated. Some of you who are fully vaccinated may still want to wear your masks. Others may choose to remain unvaccinated and the CDC advises that you wear a mask to better protect yourself and others.
For children who are too young to be vaccinated, we are leaving it up to parents to decide whether their children wear masks while at BCC or go mask-free. CDC guidance is that any unvaccinated person, including children, should continue to wear masks to protect both themselves and others who may not be vaccinated. All fully vaccinated volunteers, including those working with children, may choose whether to wear a mask or not.
In addition, the governor also announced that Virginia will lift all social distancing and capacity restrictions on Friday, May 28, two weeks earlier than planned. In line with Virginia’s policy, we will be easing social distancing and capacity restrictions beginning with our May 30 services. As a result, you will be able to sit wherever you would like without spacing restrictions.
This has been a very stressful year and it is good to see a light at the end of the tunnel. We are thankful to God for sustaining us as a church body throughout this very unusual time and we look forward to being able to fully engage all of our ministries again in the near future.