IPC'S COVID-19 Task Force Lifts Mask Mandate | Oct. 28
by: Rev. Kevin J. Long, Pastor
It is with great joy that I share with you news from our COVID-19 Task Force. Beginning this Sunday, October 31, we will remove the mask mandate inside our buildings as well as restrictions on food and drink.
The Task Force felt that the numbers in our area have dropped significantly enough to warrant these changes. We still want to be cautious, however, knowing that the virus is still with us and may be for a very long time. Therefore, we still strongly encourage masks for anyone who is not vaccinated (though I hope that most of us are), anyone whose health is in some way compromised, or anyone who simply feels more comfortable wearing one.
I want to say a special word of thanks to each of the members of the task force who have been meeting almost weekly for the last year and a half to look at the data and wrestle with how to best serve and protect our congregation. We all owe them a huge debt of gratitude.
Beginning Sunday, October 31, IPC will remove the mask mandate inside our buildings as well as restrictions on food and drink.
IPC's current safety measures continue to be in place to do all we can to keep our public gatherings as safe as possible.
The Re-Opening Task Force met this week to look at the current rising trend in positive cases of Covid-19. In light of the current numbers and expected trends for the coming weeks, we are again requiring masks for any in-person indoor gatherings.
IPC's Re-Opening Task Force met July 29 after a bit of a hiatus to look at new CDC recommendations and evaluate the rising COVID-19 caseload due to the Delta variant. New recommendations for masks and social distancing came out of the meeting.
Following federal, state, local, and other church recommendations, IPC's "Re-Opening" Task Force lifts Covid-19 restrictions in worship, meetings, meals, and using the church.
With the recent expiration of the Birmingham city mask ordinance and with the favorable conditions in our community, the House & Properties Task Force has lifted all Covid-19 restrictions on the use of church property.