The Lens of the Future Committee is continuing to monitor the incidence of COVID 19 infections in the community and the status indicators that were adopted by the Board. At this time, we are still at LEVEL 2 but the metrics are improving rapidly. If the present trends continue, it is likely that all of the indicators will be within the Level 3 thresholds by next week. The LENS committee will review the latest data again on Tuesday evening, and will recommend appropriate changes to the Board at that time.
At our current Level 2, groups of 20 or fewer people are allowed to meet outdoors, with 10 or fewer meeting indoors. Meetings in the church building are limited to using Griffin Hall, the gathering area, or the auditorium. Groups meeting for food events are limited to outdoor locations with 10 or fewer people. Physical distancing must be maximized at all times.
The LENS Committee has recommended significant changes to the procedures that will allow additional activities with fewer restrictions at Level 3. The revised procedures will be published as soon as they are approved by the Board. While we know that some adults cannot be vaccinated, that children cannot yet be vaccinated, and that immunocompromised people, even if vaccinated may not have full protection against COVID-19 infection, we encourage everyone who can to get vaccinated as soon as possible. As we expand our activities, we will expect each person to do their part to protect themselves and others by getting vaccinated, wearing a mask if not vaccinated, and taking other precautions as outlined in the procedures. We know that the entire congregation is eager to get back together again and the LENS committee is working hard to prepare for that time. We welcome thoughts and ideas from the congregation. Please feel free to contact anyone on the LENS committee.