Benson Memorial Friends,
As of Wednesday, March 9, 2022, wearing masks will be optional on church campus, inside and outside, at Benson Memorial UMC. Anyone can choose to wear a mask at any time. However, people with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure with COVID-19 are required to wear a mask.
As of Sunday, March 13, 2022, one entire section (Section 1) of the sanctuary will be set aside for those who are most comfortable wearing masks around others wearing masks and continuing to keep distance from other households when in worship. Ropes designating every other row and spacer blankets will remain in place in that section. We will continue to have one entry and one exit door, and ushers will dismiss worshipers by rows while there are those among us still needing safe distance.
We will also continue to monitor our community risk level weekly through the CDC and all guidance from NC Department of Health and Human Services and our annual conference leadership. We give thanks that Wake County is now in the green "safe" level and pray that we remain in this safe zone. (You can view county community risk levels here: https://www.cdc.gov/TemplatePackage/contrib/widgets/covidcountycheck/.) If Wake County were to move back into the orange "high" level for community transmission, we will adjust our policy accordingly.
We encourage all who are eligible to get vaccinated and boosted.
Thank you for your flexibility and prayers as we continue to adapt and respond to the most recent information available for the safety and well being of all those we serve.
Grace and peace to you in the name of Jesus Christ,
BMUMC Do No Harm Team