As you may be aware, Governor Inslee recently lifted our state’s COVID restrictions. For our parish, this means the following:
...There will no longer be attendance restrictions on sacraments, hence, a reservation will no longer be required to attend services.
...We will no longer be keeping a list of attendance for the purposes of contact tracing.
...There will be no physical distancing while attending services.
...We can again begin to venerate icons by kissing them.
...It is now possible to host Fellowship hour (either indoors or outdoors).
...Parishioners in different households may chant together in a group.
...The restrictions concerning the number of parishioners, together with our youth, serving in the altar will be lifted beginning August 1st.
...For those fully vaccinated, face coverings are not required, however you may continue to wear face coverings while in Church even if you are vaccinated.
...For those not fully vaccinated, it is strongly recommended that face coverings continue to be worn while on Church property.
...As per His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos’ encyclical, we will not ask the vaccination status of any parishioner.
...We will continue to utilize our online stream to broadcast our services.
Please remember, the COVID pandemic is not over. If you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, or are ill, please stay home and participate via our on-line stream.
We thank our Parish Council team, Penny Peppes and Dr. Lea Liviakis for working with us throughout these past fifteen months as this team helped to make possible the services that were offered and provided the appropriate guidelines to keep us safe.
If you have any questions regarding this guidance, please feel free to give us a call in the Parish office at (206) 323-8557.