Due to the increasing spread of the Delta variant of
COVID-19, both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Illinois
Department of Public Health have recommended that in areas of high or
substantial risk all persons wear face masks while
indoors regardless of their vaccination status.
The Illinois Great
Rivers Conference of The United Methodist Church urges adherence to CDC
and IDPH guidelines. Therefore, face masks will be required of everyone
while in the Wesley UMC building for any reason
as long as Coles County is considered a high or substantial risk area as
it is now. The Delta variant is proving to be much more
easily transmitted and is an especially dangerous threat to unvaccinated
people, including those with reduced immunity, medical
conditions that make vaccination impossible, and children under the age
of 12 who are not yet eligible for vaccination.
While this feels like a
step backwards, and many of us who are vaccinated feel safe without
masks, we want to do everything we can to slow
the spread of the virus and keep everyone safe. So far, our efforts at
Wesley have been 100% successful, and we want to keep it that way. We
will continue to issue updates as necessary via Wesley communications.
Meanwhile, let's continue to care and pray
for our neighbors, especially those who are most vulnerable, and for an
end to the COVID-19 virus.