COVID-19 Updates

Monitoring COVID-19 Transmission!


The Diocese is not imposing any diocesan wide mandates at this time. Congregations are encouraged to monitor the transmission risk in their area and to mandate indoor masking if the transmission risk is high. Congregations are also encouraged to monitor percent positivity rates in their areas and to consider what further restrictions they might impose if the percent positivity rate rises above 8%. At the very least, indoor masking should be strongly encouraged if not mandated during public worship.

I encourage congregations, along with the Health Advisory Panel, to take advantage of the following resources for pertinent information.

—Bishop Susan

Chanco’s COVID-19 Policies

We take great pride in maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene. At this critical time, we are taking the following measures to maintain these standards:

  • We have increased the frequency of cleaning our public areas (including door handles, public bathrooms, etc.) and have continued the use of commercial-grade disinfectants, listed on the EPA’s Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the Cause of COVID-19.
  • We have increased the deployment of antibacterial hand sanitizers
  • We are cautioning our staff to stay home when sick in order to prioritize the health and safety of our guests and staff.

The most important thing for all of us to do is to follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health officials to minimize the risk of contracting and spreading the virus. Prior to arrival, all guest must undergo a self-given health screening including a temperature check and must have been symptom free for 14 days. 

Social Distancing Policies:

  • Please limit your interactions with other guests to activities that can observe social distancing guidelines.
  • Six feet of space should be observed at all times when interacting with other guests or staff.
  • A mask is recommended whenever interacting with staff or other guests.
  • Building access is limited to the ones that your group has reserved

Meal Policies:

  • All groups will be asked to dine at the assigned tables. In the serving line, and at all other times when not seated at one’s table, guests are asked to wear mask while in the dining hall.
  • All meals will be served cafeteria style. Guests are to maintain a distance of 6’ apart while going through the serving line.
  • At the end of your meal, please leave all table service at your table. The staff will be glad to clean up once you have left. 


    COVID-19 Resources

    The Virginia Department of Health Community Transmission page which provides access to information in each locality.

    The CDC COVID-19 Integrated County View provides key data for monitoring COVID-19 throughout the United States through maps, charts and data. This map tracks by county the level of transmission risk in each state from low to moderate to substantial to high. This can be tracked on a daily basis by county. The CDC recommends that indoor masking continue in places where there is risk of transmission.

    The CDC List of Guidelines for People Who Are Fully Vaccinated

    • Masking, even for fully vaccinated people, is strongly advised.
    • Social distancing should be observed where possible.
    • Attention should be given to ensuring adequate ventilation.
    • Services should be shortened where possible.
    • Any congregational singing should be with masks.
    • Any coffee hour observed should be with individually pre-packaged food and drinks.