Important Update From Bishop Owensby
On the basis of favorable metrics, the Governor has announced that we are moving to Phase 3. This is great news that we’ve all been waiting for.
Please be mindful that risk still remains, especially given the presence of variants in our state. The effective safety measures remain in effect. Masks are required (shields alone are not acceptable). Physical distancing of at least six feet is also required unless people live together under one roof. Cleaning procedures should be continued. For now, we will continue communion in one kind.
Nevertheless, we are taking several steps toward resuming our previous practices. Here are some highlights:
1. No attendance cap beyond what physical distancing requirements impose.
2. Preachers and lectors may remove masks while preaching/reading (fifteen feet from congregation minimum distance required).
3. Choral groups may sing while wearing masks. The detailed procedures are provided in the link below and they must be followed scrupulously. For simplicity, soloists and ensembles no larger than four are highly recommended. Also, choral groups must not be placed in areas where worshippers will pass through. Finally, singing by the whole congregation is not allowed at present.
Thank you all for your leadership over these trying months. You’ve worked very hard not only to protect the people of your congregations but also to continue to minister to them in new and effective ways. I’m grateful for you!
The Rt. Rev. Jacob W. Owensby, PhD, DD
IV Bishop of Western Louisiana