COVID UPDATES 

On Tuesday, September 6th, 2022; the Parish Committee voted unanimously to align First Parish’s COVID protocols to the Town of Arlington’s, available at https://www.arlingtonma.gov/departments/health-human-services/health-department/coronavirus-information. In February the Town lifted its mask mandate and by aligning with the Town masks will be optional in the FP Meetinghouse, including during Sunday morning worship.  Should the Town of Arlington change its protocols, First Parish would adopt those changes.

Specifically, Arlington’s Board of Health along, with the Mass. Department of Public Health, recommends the following:

Fully Vaccinated individuals should continue to wear a face covering if you:

– Have a weakened immune system.
– Are at increased risk for severe disease because of age or an underlying medical condition.
– Live with someone who has a weakened immune system and is at increased risk for severe disease or is unvaccinated.

Individuals not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a face covering or mask to help prevent spreading COVID-19 to other people

Individuals considered close contacts or who have tested positive for COVID-19:

– Must follow the CDC isolation and quarantine guidance which includes wearing a mask in public for 5 more days after they leave isolation or quarantine on day 5, regardless of vaccination status.

Vaccinations and Small Groups:

Per the Parish Committee’s 2021 vote, the policy at First Parish remains that Choir members, Religious Education teachers and Lay Ministers (conducting pastoral visits) must be vaccinated. It also assumes that small groups as they meet in the building will converse among themselves about the comfort and needs of those present (i.e. agreeing to test beforehand or asking that everyone remain masked).