Deciding When to Reopen - Be Intentional
As of the end of April, the rate of new infection has slowed to less than ten per day. While this is good news, public health officials are using caution in guiding the reopening of Vermont in an effort to prevent a second wave of infections. The Vermont Conference supports this prudent approach and urges its member churches to do the same. Vermont still has a "Stay Home/Stay Safe" order in place as well as a prohibition on gatherings exceeding ten people.
As state officials decide when to incrementially reopen Vermont, our local churches can begin to make plans as well. Leaders across denominations have been meeting (virtually) to discuss best practices and benchmarks for opening houses of worship for services and outside groups who use their spaces. Below are proposals and other resources for consideration.