The following letter from Bishop Shannon and the accompanying reopening guidelines were released last week.
Dear People of God in the Diocese of Vermont,
The diocesan Restart Team has developed the following five-phase plan for returning to in-person worship across our diocese. This plan takes into account the Centers for Disease Control’s guidelines for faith communities as well as guidance from the Vermont Department of Health and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development .
We are currently in Phase 1 of this plan, with our buildings closed and in-person worship suspended. But beginning today, congregations may begin to develop and then submit plans for Phase 2, which allows for building use by clergy, staff and wardens only. Once a plan for Phase 2 has been submitted, approved and implemented, a congregation may submit its plan for Phase 3, which allows for in-person outdoor worship. Essential feeding programs continue to be permitted at every phase of the plan. Other outside groups, such as 12-step recovery, may not take place in church buildings at this stage.
Zion is currently in Phase 1 of this plan, with our buildings closed and in-person worship suspended. (On line worship continues.)
Zion has submitted plans for both Phase 2, which allows for building use by clergy, staff and wardens only AND Phase 3, which allows for in-person outdoor worship.
Check back for updates as they become available!