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Safety Protocols

On May 23, our indoor mask-wearing protocol changed to:
  • If you are vaccinated (two weeks past your last injection), you are not required to wear a mask.
  • If you are unvaccinated, please continue to wear a mask to protect yourself and others who are unvaccinated.
  • As a courtesy, please wear a mask when you are close to someone else wearing a mask. Not everyone has been vaccinated or can receive the vaccine, and some people’s immune systems don’t allow them to get full benefit from the vaccine.

Our other safety practices continue. For Sunday worship and other services, we have socially-distanced marked seating, and attendees are asked to sign a card placed in their seating area, so contact tracing can be performed if needed (not needed so far). We open doors to the outdoors to promote fresh air exchange, and singing is by soloists only. Communion is served in individual sealed packages pre-placed in the designated seating areas.

Everyone is encouraged to hold conversations outdoors, and asked to stay home if they or someone they are in close contact with has flu symptoms.


Manatee County Conditions

Vaccination. On June 4, 51% of Manatee residents had been fully vaccinated, and 42% had received their first shot. The percent of residents who are fully vaccinated is increasing 1-2% per week.

New Cases. On June 4, the average daily new cases over the previous week was 32, essentially unchanged from one week earlier when it was the lowest since mid September 2020. You may view graphs showing the daily and 7-day-average new cases in Manatee County here.

Positivity. The 7-day-average percent of tests that are positive, last reported by the Florida Department of Health for the week ending May 16, was 5.2%, down ~1% from a week earlier. On the same day, the 7-day positivity for the State of Florida was 4.4%.

You may view other Florida and Manatee statistics on the FDOH website.