From March to Sept 2020, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wharton did not offer in-person worship for its members or community. We broadcast our services with a local radio station as we have done for years, and had special recordings on our website.
As of September 2020, we began to gather for in person worship again, with some changes to reduce the spread of the Corona Virus. The previous page outlines the hygiene protocols we have put in place, and on this page we share the broad outlines of how we make the decision to meet in person or not.
How do we make these decisions?
As of May 16th, 2021, the CDC issued new guidelines for those who have been fully vaccinated. These guidelines are as follows:
- If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
- Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
- If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, find a vaccine.
With these new guidelines, we no longer require masks or social distancing if you are fully vaccinated. If you have not been fully vaccinated, we request and require that a mask is worn the entire time you are in the building. This is to help care for those who have not or cannot be vaccinated. (For example, children under 12 years of age, and those who are allergic to any vaccine component)