Posted by Jenny Morgan

As of July 30, 2021, DeKalb County is categorized as an area of “High Transmission” for COVID-19 and the positivity rate has increased to 8.25%. Globally, we’re experiencing a significant transmission surge due to the Delta variant; therefore, the CDC has updated guidelines for vaccinated people. In response, the Skyland Health and Wellness Committee have enacted the following changes effective immediately:

  • All people (regardless of vaccination status) are required to wear CDC-approved masks (over their noses and mouths at all times) while inside the Skyland building and also socially distance at least 6 feet outside of family groups.
  • Unvaccinated people over the age of 12 are asked not to enter the building until they have been fully vaccinated. All members and visitors who are unvaccinated should participate in Sunday worship virtually until they are fully vaccinated. Our live-streamed services are available on YouTube here.

The following activities have also been changed:

  • During Sunday worship and Friday Night Fire services, all participants are asked to sit in family groups. Pews and seats will be roped off to maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet between groups.
  • Holy Grounds is temporarily discontinued.
  • Wednesday night activities and Sunday school will not resume in August.
  • The Spanish-language worship service will remain in the upstairs youth room.
  • Promotion Sunday will still take place this Sunday, August 1 at 10:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary. During this event, we’ll have a brief discussion about our updated safety protocols and activity postponements. We encourage everyone to attend and take part in the discussion.

The Health and Wellness group will meet again on August 16 to review conditions and make decisions about amending or maintaining our protocols and activities.

At Skyland, our priority is protecting the health of everyone in our community, particularly those who are medically fragile and children under the age of 12 who don’t have the option yet to receive a vaccine. While we’re acting with the best intentions, we know it may feel like we’re taking a step backward and this can be frustrating and discouraging. However, we have prayerfully considered these actions and believe these safety measures will reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and help keep everyone healthy and safe. To that end, we thank you for your prayers, support and patience.