As we continue to navigate the COVID environment, Haygood’s Healthy Church Team continues to monitor the Virginia Beach metrics and public policy and advice from public health experits. We know that all are weary and looking toward normalcy. We so very much want to be together. In view of declining Covid-19 numbers and case outcomes, with Virginia Beach currently in the CDC “green zone,” we believe that we can now make changes to our church mitigation policies.
- Beginning Sunday, March 6, we will change our mask policy. While the HCT recommends that individuals continue to follow CDC and Virginia Department of Health guidance for masking while indoors, masks will not be required.
- There will no longer be restrictions on food or drink.
- While we are removing the mask requirement, we would ask that all ministries, classes and small groups discuss whether they would prefer that the group wear masks when meeting indoors and consider the needs and requests of their members in reaching a consensus on this decision.
We know that these changes will be welcome news for many. We also know that the presence of unmasked people will be a cause of concern for others, or even a reason to stay away. The differences of feelings and comfort levels have made this pandemic all the more difficult. Let us remember that we are Christians and have been charged by our Lord to treat one another with love and respect.
We hope that we are moving into a new normalcy. But we must all be aware that a surge in cases or the rise of a new variant could cause a return to mitigation measures. The HCT will continue to monitor conditions and may make changes to this policy in the future if warranted.