Holston Conference Mask Update – May 13, 2021
Today, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky announced during a White House COVID-19 briefing, that fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
As a Conference, we are still holding to the Wesleyan tenet of Doing No Harm. There is no method to effectively guarantee every one who attends services or meetings has been vaccinated without having people show their vaccination cards, and that is not an atmosphere a church needs to foster. So, in trying to protect others, we continue to ask all people to wear a mask to do no harm. However in situations where you can be sure everyone is vaccinated, the need to wear a mask is removed. We also ask for masks to be available for everyone, so if people attend who have not be vaccinated, everyone can be masked and no one feels singled out.
On behalf of the Bishop’s Cabinet,
Rev. Jeff Wright, Dean of the Cabinet