The COVID Task Force met on June 1st. We discussed if/when to make wearing masks optional for Sunday mornings. According to the Covid Act Now website Massachusetts (MA) - U.S. COVID Tracker - Covid Act Now COVID cases in Middlesex County are currently at the low end of the HIGH risk category and trending towards the MODERATE risk category. Much of the rest of Massachusetts is in the MODERATE risk category. We also have a high rate of vaccination and treatment options for those who do contract COVID. Most other places around us have dropped masking requirements.

The CDC recommends masking for large indoor gatherings when the risk level is high but not when it is moderate or low. As we approach summer, we will follow this recommendation as we track the risk level via the Covid Act Now website. If the risk remains high, we will require masks. If the risk level is moderate or low, individuals may choose whether or not wear a mask. Regardless, we will continue to livestream the services over the summer for those who do not feel comfortable attending in the building.

Beginning June 26th, wearing masks for Sunday worship will be required only if the Community Level remains HIGH. If the Community Level is MODERATE or LOW, individuals can choose whether or not to wear a mask indoors. The COVID Task Force will update the status as needed. Masks are optional in the building during the rest of the week. As Community Level remain high, we recommend that people continue to wear masks if meeting in large groups indoors. All First Parish groups meeting at church should discern individual members’ comfort levels before removing masks. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have any pastoral concerns with regard to worship (or anything else), please reach out to Rev. Ellen:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We once again would like to extend our deepest gratitude to those volunteers who are keeping us connected virtually and in the building on Sunday mornings: our worship tech team, our online chat hosts, our ushers and greeters, and social hour hosts! Tom Coffey, COVID Task Force Chair; Joan Coyne, Standing Committee Chair; Rev. Ellen Spero