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To our Diocesan Family –

As the summer draws to an end, we find ourselves still managing the COVID pandemic.  Diocesan guidelines have incorporated the CDC’s directives as well as input from local health officials. 

Last week, the CDC recommended that fully vaccinated persons wear masks in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.  Yesterday, the Shelby County Health Department issued Health Order No. 24 which will be in effect through August 31, 2021.  Because the Delta variant is now dominant in Shelby County and we are experiencing high levels of transmission, the Shelby County Health Department strongly recommends masks for all persons when they are indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

Due to the evolving nature of the pandemic and the fact that counties in West Tennessee are reporting high levels of transmission, we strongly recommend that all persons participating in indoor activities wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.  Our lay leaders and clergy are charged with establishing protocols which are appropriate in each context.  Thank you for all you have done to ensure the health and safety of parishioners, staff, and guests.   

Peace, 

Bishop Phoebe

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