From the Canon Precentor: Masks and Trust
Updated on August 2, 2021
At its heart, Saint John’s Cathedral is a community of trust. This means we care not just about one another’s spiritual well-being, but also one another’s physical wellness, and we desire to keep one another as safe as possible.
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided interim guidance that recommends that vaccinated people in counties with substantial or high transmission wear masks in indoor settings. Denver is currently in the substantial transmission category.
Therefore, and per the COVID Update from Bishop Kym on August 4, all indoor Sunday service attendees are asked to wear masks. In accordance with the Bishop’s Update, you will continue to see worship leaders remove their masks, a helpful gesture for those who rely on lip reading to fully participate in the liturgy. When this happens, please know that the worship leaders are fully vaccinated and will be at an appropriate distance from the congregation.
The CDC continues to recommend that if you are not vaccinated and are aged two or
older, you should wear a mask at all indoor public places. If you have not yet received a coronavirus vaccination, I encourage you to visit our vaccination resources page here or visit planyourvaccine.com to schedule an appointment.
In our time of regathering, please be mindful that each one of us has had our own
griefs, challenges, and joys throughout this pandemic. Some people will be ready for
handshakes and hugs, while others won’t. A simple way of navigating situations such as this is by posing the following question: “May I hug you/shake your hand?” Naturally, responses will continue to vary in a community as diverse as ours.
Above all, please know that you are a part of a community of trust and unconditional
love that is ready to see you, pray with you, and celebrate God’s love for you.
Additional Information: COVID-19 Policies and Procedures
– If you or someone in your household has been exposed to someone who had COVID-19, is awaiting COVID-19 test results, and/or simply isn’t feeling well, please stay home and join our worship offerings online.
– Attendance at all Sunday worship offerings remains open and does not require a reservation.
Regarding Monday – Friday/Weekdays
– Everyone onsite at any time at the cathedral should still have a mask with them and wear their masks upon first entering the building. As Canon Greer mentions in his note above, a simple way to navigate if the people you are around are comfortable with you removing your mask, so long as you are fully vaccinated, is to ask them. As news from the CDC and other sources evolves, we recognize that some people may not be able to get vaccinated or may have kids or family members that cannot be vaccinated, and so we will continue to be sensitive, kind, and cautious.
– Because some staff continue to work from home at least some of the time, and because of significant contractor/construction work in the cathedral and other parts of the building, the doors to the Welcome Center remain locked. Thus, please contact staff to make appointments to meet with them during business hours.
Thank you for your understanding and support, and we thank you for staying home if you are or if someone in your household is not feeling well or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
All our policies are in-line with the policies of the Office of the Bishop and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
We will continue to update this policy as more information is released on COVID-19 and the vaccine.