From the Dean
Updated on November 23, 2021
If you’ve kept up with the news, you know that the positivity rate for COVD-19 in our state is dramatically high. As cases continue to increase in Colorado, so do hospitalizations due to COVID-19. As our governor has rightly pointed out, the overwhelming majority of people hospitalized are unvaccinated – or to put it positively, the vaccine works well and largely keeps us safe. If you are eligible to receive the vaccine but haven’t yet, please visit our vaccine resource page and make a plan to get vaccinated soon.
In light of these numbers and because of the new Public Health Order from Denver Public Health & Environment, we have to return to requiring masks while indoors at the cathedral. Our ushers will provide a mask to anyone who does not have one when entering the cathedral. We are now blessed by the new HVAC system in the cathedral that provides incredible ventilation and fresh air into the nave, and I appreciate each of you wearing a mask to church to further protect our community. Requiring masks will also improve our hospitality for individuals and households who come here to pray and receive communion during the holidays and especially on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Most people who come will feel more comfortable seeing everyone masked.
I also want to thank everyone for their presence at church and online for worship. The return to the cathedral nave has been wonderful, and your spirit and singing have been moving. I am profoundly grateful for our community’s faith in Christ as well as your spirit of perseverance and gentleness in these extraordinary times. As the holidays approach, may the Holy Spirit grant us even more wisdom, peace of mind, and love for our neighbor and ourselves.
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.