I pray this note finds you well. As I am sure you are all aware, Allegheny County has seen a distressing uptick in Coronavirus cases over the last few weeks. While Trinity Cathedral has been working diligently to make preparations for a July 19 public reopening, after reviewing this data, as well as the emerging recommendations from health experts, I have decided to indefinitely delay our reopening.
I want you to know that this was a very difficult decision. The Cathedral has taken every precaution to minimize the possibility of viral transmission and while we remain confident that the steps we’ve taken will help to keep people safe upon our reopening, at this point, the risk of community spread within Pittsburgh remains significant. Our first priority is to keep you safe. It appears that around our city, other communities are coming to similar conclusions. Reopening dates are being rescheduled. Previously reopened churches are now closing their doors again out of an abundance of caution. As much as I’d personally like to reopen, it is just better for us to wait. I will continue to actively monitor the situation and we will open as soon as is safely possible.
As I’ve mentioned before, we will continue our online offerings for the foreseeable future. Sunday services will be livestreamed every week and Morning and Noonday Prayer will continue. We have a number of additional educational offerings planned for the coming weeks. The explanatory videos about our modified safety and Holy Communion practices I promised will be released shortly.
I realize this is difficult and not the best news. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know. I know many of you are ready to return to church and you were looking forward to July 19. I was looking forward to it too. I miss you all and I look forward to being with you in person. But we need to be patient and we will get through this. Let’s take it a day at a time. Keep praying. I’ll be praying for you. Please, pray for me.