In keeping with the State of Emergency that has been declared both federally and in the State of Nebraska and acting under my authority as Grand Master of Masons in Nebraska, I do hereby order all lodge activities, including but not limited to all Regular and Special Communications of subordinate lodges, ritual practice, fund raising, and social events be cancelled until June 30, 2020.
With nearly 70% of Nebraska Masons in the high-risk category to contracting the Coronavirus, exposure to the Virus could have a devastating effect on our entire Masonic Family. With that in mind, reporting indicating that the COVID19 threat has not leveled in Nebraska, and after consulting with a number of Past Grand Masters and the Grand Lodge Officers, the difficult decision was made to extend the Edict of no Masonic gatherings through June. No one wants to return to the good work that Masonry in known for more than I, but at this time it is felt our activities are not worth the risk to our Brothers, their families, and their communities.
This edict will be reviewed regularly. If the state of emergency is lifted or recommendations of State or Federal change, this edict will be revisited and updated as required. I am confident this situation in time will resolve itself and I would ask that you keep in touch with those that are elderly and/or have health issues that place them at higher risk for exposure. Reach out to them and let them know that you are there for them. I would further request that you continue to pray for those afflicted, their families and caregivers, those treating the afflicted, and the local, state, and federal leaders.
As circumstances dictate, you will receive notice to you as soon as any changes in these policies are required.
During this time of social distancing, the Grand Lodge Office will be closed to visitors for both the Grand Lodge and Eastern Star. Drop-off boxes will be available in the entryway of the office during business hours.
Please click here for the complete Grand Master’s Edict, including Supplemental Direction for lodge operations.
Ronald D. Stites
The Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Nebraska have, since 1857, provided a way for men to improve themselves and their community. There are 111 Lodges in Nebraska with over 8,500 Masons working to become better men and build a better commuinty.
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