On the Wearing of Masks

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I would first like to thank all of you for your cooperation during this time of pandemic. Masks and social distancing have been requirements for our meeting in person and you as a church have been really terrific to work with. I say this knowing that many of you are reticent about wearing masks — but you have worn them anyway. I am grateful to you for that. We must continue mask wearing until the effects of the vaccine work fully into our area. Even if you have already had COVID-19, I ask that you continue to wear your mask and socially distance in church. Masks and distancing really do help slow the spread of the virus. And they also help other parishioners feel safe in coming to church, especially older parishioners and those with certain chronic conditions that make them particularly vulnerable to the virus. Being able to feel safe in church makes a real difference to many in this situation as they are otherwise relatively socially isolated. An hour of worship, even masked and socially distanced, helps them…