Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 11:00am

As we are all aware, COVID-19 has recently regained steam and the new Delta variant has been impacting our community with an increasing number of positive cases and hospitalizations. According to local doctors and public health officials offering counsel to our church leaders, the Delta variant is much more contagious and our community is currently experiencing very high levels of transmission due to this variant.

In response to this surge in cases, the CDC issued new guidance earlier this week in an effort to help prevent spread and protect others. For areas like ours with high transmission, the recommendation is that “everyone (including fully vaccinated individuals) wear a mask in public indoor settings.” In light of this guidance, beginning this Sunday, we will ask our BH members and attenders to again consider wearing a mask while in the building. While we are all eager to put our masks away for good, this is an opportunity to serve our community in a practical, but significant way. For your convenience, we will continue to have disposable masks available at our main entrances.

An additional measure we can take is to continue to be mindful of our spacing around others, whenever possible. During the month of July, the attendance in each of our gatherings has averaged approximately 35% of the seating capacity in our Worship Center. At present, we still have ample room to spread out during our gatherings. Additionally, the front left section of the Worship Center continues to limit seating to every other row.

Finally, if you test positive for COVID-19, experience symptoms of illness, or are exposed to someone with COVID-19, we would ask you to remain at home and worship with us by livestream. This is also a great option for any who need to stay away from large gatherings for other health reasons.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we navigate this season. In the event that additional changes become necessary with regard to our precautions and protocol, we will communicate accordingly. Let’s continue to pray that the Lord will keep our faith family and community healthy, preserving a spirit of togetherness as we move forward.