(ChurchLeaders) Last week’s surprise announcement from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about face masks sparked reactions ranging from relief to fear. Many major retailers quickly loosened safety requirements, even though they are asking people to follow an honor system and there is no way to tell who’s been vaccinated against COVID-19.
On Thursday, the CDC declared that fully vaccinated individuals can resume pre-pandemic activities and don’t need to wear face masks or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors. Local and state ordinances remain in effect, however, as do requirements in settings such as health care and public transportation. Private businesses may set their own guidelines, leaving many venues—including churches—facing big decisions.