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Current COVID-19 Precautions

Out of a desire to continue ministry while keeping people as safe as possible, here is a summary of our current precautions.  Copies of our full mitigation plans can be obtained through the church office (contact Shannon Dillon - officeadmin@blacksburgumc.org)

UPDATE: Due to our COVID-19 Community Level being reduced last week by the CDC from high to medium level (yellow), or Post-Covid Reentry Group (PRG) is easing a number of restrictions.  Beginning Sunday, March 20, we are initiating the following changes:

  • Mask-wearing is optional in all of our facilities; the only exceptions are related to our children's ministries, small groups/classes, and preschool (see below).

  • Food service (coffee, receptions, meals, etc.) will be permitted, assuming responsible food safety practices are observed.

  • While all are still welcome to practice it, physical distancing is no longer required.

  • Youth ministry precautions no longer require opening exterior doors for airflow.

  • On the Church St. campus, all masking of children of all ages is at parental discretion. 

  • On the edges campus, all children will remain masked for the time being.

  • All adults or youth who are working with the children will continue to be masked at this time across both campuses.   

  • Small groups, classes, committees, teams, etc. may decide for themselves as a group whether or not to consider masks optional when hosting in-person meetings.

  • The preschool (BUMP) will continue with full masking for everyone until their board decides otherwise.  When preschool is in session, all persons entering the Education Building must wear a mask.

  • The pastors may exercise their own discretion in our Communion practices.

*** The PRG recognizes that, if/when the next wave of Covid occurs, we may need to return to some of the precautions. I trust we will all honor the desire many will have to continue masking in the sanctuary. 

BUMC Small Group Requirements - Church St. 

Building and room space will be limited during this time. All room reservations and inquiries for BUMC Small Groups (Church St. Campus only) can be directed to our Director of Administration, Shannon Dillon via email (officeadmin@blacksburgumc.org) or by phone at (540) 552-5424 ex. 0.

Non-church affiliated and other community groups interested in room reservations should direct inquiries to Associate Pastor Jennifer Fletcher (jennifer@blacksburgumc.org) or Chair of the Trustees Committee Keith Davis (daviskvt@gmail.com) for approval.