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Throughout the course of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Cathedral’s priority has been the health, safety, and well-being of its community. After the launch of our online Sunday and daily worship services, we were moved by the expansion of that community across continents, bringing us together with new friends around the world who were able to join us virtually for perhaps the first time. As the date for the resumption of Sunday worship on September 12 draws closer, we’re both hopeful for the continuation of that international community through livestreaming and continued online engagement, and cognizant that our in-person and local community members, particularly the more vulnerable among us, must continue to be cared for through our collective actions and COVID protocols.
To that end, and in recognition of the increasing danger of the Delta variant to New York’s hard-won victories against the virus, as of September 1 the Cathedral will require all visitors to be fully vaccinated before entry to the building and wear masks while indoors. This policy includes all individuals wishing to enter the Cathedral building, whether for worship, tours, or private meditation. The following protocols will be in place:
- Upon entry to the Cathedral, all visitors will be required to show a hard copy or photo of their vaccination card or the NYS Excelsior Pass.
- Effective December 14, children aged 5-11 are required to show proof of at least one vaccination dose.
- Effective December 27, children aged 12 and older will be required to show proof of two vaccine doses (except for those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine).
- Children below age 5 must be accompanied by a fully-vaccinated adult.
- Visitors must have received the final vaccine dose at least 14 days before entry.
- Masks are required for all visitors, staff, and clergy while in the Cathedral and in any Cathedral buildings.
- Seating will be physically distanced, according to city, state, and federal guidelines.
The pandemic has tested many things, perhaps most of all our bonds of social connection to one another. The joy and relief of once more being able to join together in person for worship is a profound measure of the depths of isolation and despair many in our community felt at being kept apart for so many months. Yet the pandemic is not yet over, and we must continue to do what we can to keep each other safe, particularly as COVID variants continue to surge in the United States and around the world.
For your understanding and cooperation as the Cathedral continues to navigate this difficult time: our deepest thanks.