The Rt. Rev. George Wayne Smith today issued the following statement regarding communion distribution during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic:
In response to the dramatic increase in the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, and to avoid confusion, I am revising the previous guidelines and restricting communion to one kind, that is, the consecrated bread only. Unfortunately, sharing a common cup or dipping the bread into it (intinction) does not adequately prevent the spread of contagion. However, the celebrant may continue to receive the cup as previously recommended.
I will be monitoring the health advice on this issue closely and report any new guidelines as they become appropriate.