The Episcopal Church in Youngstown, NY

Mask and social distancing guidelines

Updated April 25, 2022

As of the above date, Niagara County is at a "high" or "red" transmission level according to the CDC, which is determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. 

Since the start of the pandemic, we have followed the Bishop's guidance, fully based on CDC recommendations.  At this time, masks are not required in church, but recommended.  We do urge those that are immunocompromised or not yet vaccinated to wear high-quality N95 masks and to socially distance.  

Two pews and additional chairs in the back of the church have been set aside for socially distanced seating.  Please save these seats for those who have yet to be vaccinated, including children, and for anyone who may be immunocompromised (and their caregivers.) Masks are required in these areas only. 

Here is the full list of COVID-19 protocols adopted by the vestry on March 8, 2022:

1. Masks are optional in the church or parish hall. Those who would prefer to continue wearing masks are welcome to do so.

2. The reserved section will be maintained for those those who prefer masks and social distancing.

3. Mother Barbara will continue wearing a mask during the consecration and for the distribution of communion. She will distribute communion individually, in the pews, to anyone who prefers not to come up to the communion rail.

4. Altar servers will restart on April 3rd: one server and one lector (for all readings and Prayers of the People.) Sometimes, the lector and the server will be the same person.

5. Coffee Hour will resume the Sunday after Easter (April 24th)

6. Eucharistic visits will resume to the homebound and nursing homes.

Note: these protocols are subject to change.  We are closely monitoring COVID-19 data and guidance from the bishop's office and the CDC.

For more information please refer to Diocesan guidance on the wearing of face coverings in church