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COVID-19 Response and Regathering

Mask Requirement Updates (March 1, 2022)

As of March 1st, the Diocese of Virginia has updated its COVID-19 policy for parishes. In accordance with the updated CDC community guidelines.


  • Masks are optional at all services and the offices at St. Matthew's. We encourage all parishioners to stay up to date with COVID vaccines and boosters.


  • Please follow CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine, including getting tested if you are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19.

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Indoor Worship Service Precautions

Our highest priority is to ensure the safety of everyone participating in our worship services.

  • Safety Requirements

    • ​Hand Sanitizer is available at all entries to the church building and near the altar/ communion distribution stations.


  • Communion

    • Celebrants and communicants must sanitize their hands immediately before receiving or picking up a wafer. A hand sanitizer station near the altar or distribution station is available.

    • Communion Distribution:​​

      • Communion will be distributed by the celebrant by placing the wafer into the Communicant's hand. If contact is made, the celebrant must immediately resanitize hands before resuming distribution. The communicant whose hand was touched should also re-sanitize hands. 

      • A blessing may be offered to anyone who comes forward and seeks a blessing instead of the wafer.​

COVID-19 Metrics 

St. Matthew's is carefully evaluating COVID metrics in Loudoun County, from the CDC and Johns Hopkins University, as well as direction from the Diocese on changes in gathering to worship. This page will continue to be updated as new information is provided.​

COVID-19 Risk Levels Map

This map from displays COVID Risk Levels for each congressional district in the United States. When viewing the map, filter for Virginia, then Loudoun County. View Map

Episcopal Diocese COVID FAQ's

This information provided by the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia is a Quick Reference Guide to all FAQ's regarding COVID-19 and offers COVID-19 Resources. View FAQ's

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