Feast of Tabernacles 2021 and COVID-19

ABOUT THE FEAST

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). Having prudent and reasonable policies in place enabled many of us last year to gather to worship God for the Feast. While we hope and expect conditions will provide for fewer restrictions this year, we must be flexible, realizing that God admonishes us to protect those at risk. 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).

As the 2021 Feast of Tabernacles draws near, many questions about the coronavirus remain unanswered. Some parts of the world are still under lock down. In other places, conditions are opening up. COVID-19 may diminish greatly by Feast time, but that cannot be a given. 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. We do not know how serious the problem may be in every location by Feast time, but people can be infected and show no symptoms and therefore spread the disease.  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.

COVID-19 HEALTH & TRAVEL/TRANSFER GUIDELINES

With that in mind, please note the following Health and Travel/Transfer Guidelines for the Feast of Tabernacles 2021:
 
Attendance Max and Transfers: This year, in the United States, we are planning for a maximum attendance at our Feast sites of 350-400, with social distancing. We will be allowing a moderate level of transfer requests, though we still encourage as many people as possible to go to their home site. (Check with your Regional Office regarding transfers outside of the United States).
 
Government and venue COVID regulations: At LCG Feast sites, we will follow national, state/provincial, local, and facility management guidelines, regarding meeting size, social distancing, and other measures legally in place for the purpose of curtailing the spread of COVID-19 (Romans 13:1). Feast coordinators will ensure that such requirements are passed on to all persons attending the Feast site, to enable compliance.
 
Church-wide COVID regulations: At registration time, it is impossible to know for certain what restrictions may be needed five months from now. The Church will communicate any Church-wide, country-wide or site-specific COVID guidelines as the Feast draws near. Please check this website often, watch for updates in the World Ahead, and watch for emails from your Feast coordinator.
 
Illness at the Feast:  If an attendee at the Feast develops a cold or comes down with flu-like symptoms, they should not attend services or socialize with other Feast attendees while those symptoms persist. This follows the biblical principle of quarantine. They may wish to take a COVID test, but keep in mind the test may not detect the COVID virus for several days. If they test positive for COVID, all those living in close contact should follow the principle of quarantine as well, not attending services or socializing with other Feast attendees, as they have been exposed.
 
High-risk category: If you are in a high-risk category for COVID-19, have someone in your household who is, or otherwise have health concerns regarding COVID-19 (perhaps due to local conditions at the Feast site, for example) and are concerned about attending the Feast in-person, we encourage you to evaluate your own situation carefully and prayerfully. We will make every effort to provide remote worship options (online streaming and/or phone hookup) as needed.
 

INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS:

‚ÄčThe Living Church of God is not prohibiting international travel in 2021. However, with that in mind:

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

  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