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THE RIGHT REVEREND CLAUDE BERKLEY, TSSF, CMTT, BA.(Theol)(Hons), MPhil.
Bishop of Trinidad and Tobago
Residence: (868) 622-1324 Hayes Court
Office: (868) 622-7387 21 Maraval Road,
Fax: (868) 628-1319 St. Clair, Newtown 190116
Email: diocesett@gmail.com Port of Spain
cberkley@theanglicanchurchtt.com Trinidad and Tobago
Website: www.theanglicanchurchtt.com

July 16, 2022

Circular to the Clergy

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Reference is made to Circular to the Clergy dated March 17, 2022.

Notwithstanding the Government’s lifting of the requirement of mask wearing as of July 17, 2022, thereby leaving responsibility for one’s safe keeping in the hands of each individual, be advised that the conditions
outlined in the last circular treating with church operations during this Covid-19 season, remain firmly in effect in the Anglican Church in Trinidad and Tobago. To wit, masks are to be worn by all worshippers for all services and related activities in our churches; and routine cleaning and sanitizing measures should remain in effect. The pandemic is not over.
Of course, the other precautionary measures of watching one’s distance, washing and or sanitizing of hands, temperature testing and so on, remain in effect. Clergy and officiating persons are to bring this to the attention of the congregations that they minister to from this Sunday and indeed as soon as it is possible, to the parishes and wider public.

By way of the discussion of the Minister of Health and our understanding of the situation, due care and attention are very much required in caring for our members and the wider public. The following matters should be noted:

  1. There is good evidence that a new wave of infection may be imminent.
  2. Variants and sub-variants continue to arise.
  3. The new BA.5 is believed to be more contagious and resistant to vaccines than the strains we have seen before.
  4. The possibility of the reinfection of persons who have had the virus before seems very high.
  5. The movement of the pandemic continues to be unpredictable and uncertain.
  6. Big cities of the world have provided evidence of the uncertainty that prevails and have had to revert to previously used measures as means of safety and protection.
  7. The occurrence of the monkey pox virus has added to the uncertainty and concern.
  8. The Church’s responsibility for the care and well-being of all requires that we approach any lifting of restrictions with due diligence, patience, wisdom and understanding, trusting that God’s grace will see us through what may lie before us.

The Anglican Church in the Diocese of Trinidad and Tobago

Communication is our business. We have not done well at it. We continue to work at improving our efforts in this regard. I am therefore obliged to repeat the statement emphasized above: Clergy and officiating persons
are to bring this to the attention of the congregations that they minister to this Sunday, and indeed as soon as it is possible, to the parishes and wider public.
Thank you for your continued efforts in caring for the people of God.
Yours faithfully

Attachment – Circular to the Clergy dated March 17, 2022.