Feast of Tabernacles 2021 and COVID-19

COVID-19 SELF-SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE

Last Update 9/8/2021

Because COVID-19 can occur in persons with no symptoms, mild symptoms, or severe illness, screening with specific questions helps identify if you, or anyone dwelling with you, might have an unrecognized infection. Symptoms may appear days after exposure.

 

**EVERY ATTENDEE MUST COMPLETE THIS SELF-SCREENING BEFORE LEAVING FOR THE FEAST, BY ASKING THEMSELVES THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS.**

1. Do you currently have any of the following symptoms that have appeared in the last 14 days, that you cannot attribute to another health condition?

Fever, over 100.4 degrees, chills, cough

Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue

Muscle, body aches, headache

Recent loss of taste or smell, sore throat

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

 

2. In the past 14 days have you been in close physical contact with anyone known to have laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 or anyone who has any symptoms consistent with COVID-19?

NOTE: "Close physical contact" is defined as being within 6 feet of an infected/symptomatic person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 48 hours before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic individuals, 48 hours prior to test specimen collection).

 

**IF YOU ANSWERED "YES" TO ANY OF THE QUESTIONS ABOVE, YOU SHOULD NOT COME TO THE FEAST UNLESS YOU ARE TESTED FOR COVID-19 AND THE RESULTS COME BACK NEGATIVE.**

 

Please be aware that these same questions will be asked when you arrive at the Feast and enter the meeting hall for the first time. You should self-screen each day before coming to services. Temperature checks will be conducted for all brethren each day before entering the service hall.

 

MORE SPECIFICS ABOUT 2021 FOT COVID PROTOCOLS

The Feast of Tabernacles is a time to have our focus on God and His power as we meditate on what the Bible teaches about the coming age. In a world filled with anger, violence, and fear, we are blessed to be learning to fear God as we go to where He has placed His name (Deuteronomy 14:23, Leviticus 23:39, Deuteronomy 16:15). Jesus Christ taught we should not tempt God by our actions (Matthew 4:7). We are also taught to create hedges against danger and act prudently (Deuteronomy 22:8, Proverbs 22:3). Having prudent and reasonable policies in place enabled many of us last year to gather to worship God for the Feast. 

This new Delta variant is clearly extremely contagious, as we learned from our Texas Teen Camp. The nation of Israel, with 80% of those 12-and-older fully vaccinated, is learning how easily this variant spreads, and what is happening there should be a lesson for all countries. As in all things, we look to God in faith, and He has abundantly blessed our efforts during this pandemic so far, as we’ve avoided extreme measures while also taking reasonable precautions. We must not become weary in doing those things that have shown themselves to be beneficial, nor cavalier as though nothing can happen to us. By any measure (number of attendees, attendees coming from outside areas, proportion of attendees who are elderly or in vulnerable condition, length of the Feast, etc.) we fall into a high-risk category. First and foremost, we must approach the Feast in faith, looking to God for our protection. All of us should pray and beseech Him to continue blessing us and to protect us as we gather for His Feast Days. But faith and prudence are not opposites—quite the contrary, and God both admonishes His people to be wise and rebukes the careless (Proverbs 13:16; 18:15; Matthew 4:5-7). Consequently, we must take this Delta variant seriously and follow the scriptural admonition to look ahead and be prudent (Proverbs 22:3; 27:12). All it takes is one person bringing it into a meeting, and it can spread to a high percentage of those present before we realize it.

No protocols will satisfy everyone, but the people of God should all be their brothers’ keepers and be willing to submit their desires to the needs of others, especially the more vulnerable members among us. We cannot ask our Father in sincere faith to protect our brothers and sisters in Christ if we are unwilling to take reasonable steps ourselves to do so, even if they are inconvenient. Members should also be cooperative and respectful of decisions made by Church leaders, who must give account to God for the decisions they make (Hebrews 13:17; Deuteronomy 17:8).
 
COVID-19 carries little risk for most people, but it can be a very serious disease for older adults, and/or those with certain underlying conditions, which applies to many of our members.  It is possible that travelling to or from and attending the Feast may expose you to COVID-19.  You and your family should use your own discretion in these matters, based on your own faith and personal judgment, according to your health and circumstances.
 
 
Here is a list of Feast of Tabernacles COVID Protocols given to Feast Coordinators for 2021.
 
CLICK HERE
 
Here is a copy of the September 2, 2021 member letter written by Mr. Gerald Weston about COVID guidelines for the Feast of Tabernacles 2021.
 
CLICK HERE
 

2021 TRAVEL/TRANSFER GUIDELINES

  1. The Living Church of God and the Festival Office cannot guarantee any deposits or payments. If you make international travel arrangements and conditions change between now and the Feast, you are responsible for any lost deposits or payments. 

  2. Check CAREFULLY any contractual agreements you enter into with hotels, airlines, or others. Make sure you understand any cancellation penalties and acknowledge the risk you are taking, in case travel becomes impossible or impracticable.

  3. Some countries will NOT be accepting international visitors, or will not accept travelers without certain restrictions (such as proof of COVID vaccine, quarantine, etc.).

  4. Some Feast sites will NOT be accepting international visitors. Please read the writeups on this website carefully and make sure you carefully read and understand the travel restrictions for any countries you are planning to visit. 

  5. Do not rely on our Feast writeups exclusively as regulations can change rapidly. Check with government websites.

  6. International travel may wind up costing you considerable time and money if complications develop. Carefully evaluate your own health and situation before considering international travel, in light of the above. 

- Festival Office