Reopening Task Force Update

March 15, 2022

The Reopening Task Force met on March 10, 2022, to review our current Covid protocols in light of the reduced level of infections in our community. Within the last month, the CDC has provided new guidance related to wearing masks indoors on a county-by-county basis, and the Task Force is using these new recommendations to guide our decision-making. You can find this at the CDC website by clicking HERE.

In light of these recommendations, and because the level of our community transmission is low, the Reopening Task Force will be making masks optional for activities taking place inside the church building starting on March 16. We recognize that we all might be in different places when it comes to wearing a mask indoors, and we hope we all will respect one another’s preferences when we are together as a community of faith. If you are ready to remove your mask when in worship or in Sunday School or in a meeting at church, then you are welcome to do so. If you prefer to continue wearing your mask for these activities, then know we support your desire to do so.

Here are some other updates related to this change:

  • Outside groups that use our facility will be given the freedom to decide for themselves what is best for their group in terms of making masks required or optional.
  • If the community transmission for Wake County reaches the high/red level on the CDC website, then we will resume requiring masks to be worn indoors. If we have all learned something over the last two years, it is that things can always change, and so we must remain open to that possibility in the future.
  • At its stated meeting on March 13, the Session voted to remove the Covid protocols that have been posted on our website and to disband the Reopening Task Force with our deepest thanks and appreciation. 
  • For activities that are off-site from the church, it will be up to each group’s leaders and participants if they feel it’s important to wear masks when indoors.

Lastly, we wish to thank all of you for being caring, patient, and supportive of one another through these challenging times. We never know what the future holds, but we are assured that no matter what may come, God will be our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble. We are grateful to Jonathan Barker, Bruce Grady, and Robin Barrie, who previously served on this task force and helped us through very trying times as our congregation navigated the onset of the pandemic. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

In Gratitude to God,

WBPC Reopening Task Force

Jenny Fleming, Kevin Fischer, Grace Odum, Denise Weeks, Beth Ware, Elizabeth Davis, Bobbi Cross, Frank Mansell

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