As many of you may be aware, the CDC made some revisions to their mask guidance last Friday, February 25th. The CDC's mask guidancewill now be based on the level of community spread, hospital capacity, and rate of severe disease. Prior to this change, it was formed on the total number of cases. Based on these new metrics, communities will now be rated low, medium or high risk.

Currently, the risk level for both Erie and Lorain counties is low. In light of the changes in the CDC mask guidance and the risk level being low for the counties that Vermilion is a part of, we are changing our mask policy. Starting March 1, masks are recommended, but no longer required, when in the church building. We need to continue to care for one another so we are asking that, if possible, please continue to social distance while seated.

Please note that the CDC recommends that at-risk individuals - the immunocompromised and medically vulnerable - should continue to wear masks. Anyone with known COVID exposure should wear a mask. If you have symptoms or are not feeling well, please stay at home. You can continue to participate in the Sunday morning worship services by joining us online - the worship service will continue to be streamed live.

Keep in mind that dealing with COVID is a dynamic situation - it is constantly changing. If the risk levels increase in Erie and Lorain counties down the road, then we may return to mandatory masking in the church building. Again, our main goal is, and has always been, to care for each other through this pandemic and that has not changed. We will continue to monitor the county risk levels and adjust mask guidelines accordingly. Thank you for your understanding and your patience.