Revised Diocesan Reopening Guidelines (July 1)

Bishop Jennifer today released revised guidelines for diocesan churches.

“I am grateful for your leadership and collaboration as you have engaged in the task of developing regathering plans, as well as for your thoughtful feedback on implementation of the second version of the diocesan guidelines issued June 3rd,” the bishop wrote in a letter accompanying the guidelines. “As anticipated, our understanding of COVID-19, the risks to our congregations in gathering, and the availability of reliable data have quickly evolved. The following revision incorporates this evolution and helps to clarify my expectations in the regathering plans.”

Highlights of the revised document include:

  • A provision for baptisms on page 9.

“As before, we will, under no circumstances, convene in-person gatherings in communities where they are prohibited for public health reasons,” Bishop Jennifer wrote, “but we can resume weeks or even months later than the state permits if that is what is necessary to keep our people safe.”

Please submit your congregation’s plan using this form. If you have questions, please contact Brendan O’Sullivan-HaleJen Phelps, or Kristin White.

Download the revised guidelines.