Safety is a major priority for us. At the same time, the available tools to fight the pandemic have changed in the last year. Widespread vaccine availability, the availability of medical-grade masks, several COVID-19 treatments, and a better understanding of who is most vulnerable all help us better understand how to keep people safe.
Masks and social distancing are designed to keep others safe in case one of us is an asymptomatic carrier of the virus. Now, we have a much greater ability to keep ourselves safe from those who may have the virus around us.
Any adult who wants the vaccine and doesn’t have a medical condition preventing it can get it. Anyone who wants to protect themselves from respiratory droplets in the air whether they are vaccinated or not can social distance and wear a medical-grade mask to protect themselves from airborne virus particles.
The responsibility to protect against COVID-19 is gradually shifting to each individual’s ability to protect themselves in a way that wasn’t possible a year ago.
As a result, we encourage each person to make responsible choices that are best for them, their family, and their ministry activities. And we ask everyone to keep the Good News about Jesus and our firm belief in God and His Word in a place of higher priority than disagreements about pandemic-related issues.