February 9, 2021 - To all members of all Subordinate Lodges in Nebraska
Acting under my authority as Grand Master of Masons in Nebraska, I do hereby decree that all Edicts issued by M.W. Ron Stites in 2020 are no longer in effect. This Edict concerning in-person gatherings is effective immediately until amended or the 2022 Grand Master is installed.
The passage of time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has shown rapidly changing governmental health mandates and guidelines are now focused on the pandemic conditions in individual municipalities or counties. I therefore delegate the decision to conduct in-person meetings of all types to each Worshipful Master.
Prior to ANY in-person gathering of your lodge, your obligations include:
1) Identify state, municipal, county, or federal governmental health directives which encompass your locality concerning indoor gatherings such as social distancing, masking, sanitizing, or related countermeasures. Determine if your Lodge can comply with all directives. If you cannot, you are directed to inform your Lodge brethren no in-person gatherings shall occur.
2) If your Lodge can comply with ALL health governmental health directives described above, in-person gatherings may be conducted.
James A. Carlton
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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