October 28, 2020: Important Message from Archpriest Stefan Pavlenko, Rector
On October 3, 2020, I reported that San Mateo County moved into a “red tier” COVID-19 designation, which permitted businesses and places of worship to return to (limited) indoor operation. Not knowing whether the County would continue to see improvements or return to “purple”/outdoor-only mode, we continued our outdoor operation.
Today, thank God, San Mateo County moved from red to orange, which allows businesses and places of worship to further expand indoor operations. This is an important and welcomed indicator for us – the County is moving in the right direction, and with the coming of winter, the timing couldn’t be better.
Over the next few weeks, our Parish Council and I will be planning a return to indoor attendance at services, encouraged by the fact that COVID-19 parameters in the County continued to improve. At the same time, I stress that County requirements on use of face coverings and social distancing have NOT changed, and our compliance with these requirements, both for “legal” and practical health reasons, remains ESSENTIAL. Beyond COVID-19, use of face coverings, social distancing and good sanitary measures are likely to lessen the spread of this year’s flu.
When we return to indoor attendance, we will need to use the same invitation and assigned locations process as we used before. We will revise our Training requirements to reflect indoor attendance. To avoid issues that could limit our operations, I ask everyone to please always use face coverings, maintain social distancing, and NOT gather before or after services. Your cooperation will be vital to our continued ability to have services.