COVID-19 information

September 2021 Update


Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.


As we approach autumn and the Delta variant is filling our ICUs, many questions have arisen from Masters concerned about how best to proceed with events. This month’s update will focus on the current position of U.S.G.L., based on the guidance of the CDC.


But first, we would like to state that in all cases, U.S.G.L. supports caution. Nearly all events approved by the COVID Response Team (C.R.T.) are fully vaccinated, with relatively low attendance. Many are private. These events are not of high risk to those who participate, however there is still the possibility that when we gather we are asymptomatically spreading the virus. If your community hospitals are full, or even turning away patients in need of medical care due to strain of resources, consider using masks at your FVP events, even if your local government is not requiring them.


Here is a basic outline of what is required to host in person events under U.S.G.L. at this time.


  • For the purposes of the C.R.T. An “event” includes every in person gathering under the auspices of a body under U.S.G.L. This includes business meetings, social gatherings, rehearsals, etc.

  • Outdoor social gatherings / rituals (Not E.G.C. or Initiation) continue to be allowable per the Outdoor Events Policy without proposals for dispensation. Please note that this policy requires that county status NOT be in the red per the globalepidemics.com site. Most counties are currently in the red.

  • Indoor public space gatherings are guided by a new policy posted on the site here, which outlines the requirements for meeting in public spaces (coffee shops, bookstores, etc.) which, like the Outdoor policy, does not require submitting a proposal to the C.R.T. It too requires a county status other than red on the global epidemics site.

  • Outdoor Initiations/EGC ceremonies require dispensation of the C.R.T.

  • Indoor private space events of all types require dispensation from the C.R.T. These fall into three types.

    • In cases where vaccination status is being monitored and attendance is limited to vaccinated only, additional safety measures are only required as they adhere to state/local mandate, although we support any additional measures required by local masters at their discretion.

    • In cases where vaccination status is being monitored and accommodation is being made to attendees who are not vaccinated, a plan for adequate safety measures will be required.

    • In cases where vaccination status is not being monitored, the event will be treated as if nobody is vaccinated, and safety precautions required will reflect this.


Questions and requests for additional information can be directed to planning@oto-usa.org. A list of available guidance documentation can be found below.


Love is the law, love under will.


U.S.G.L. COVID Response Team



GUIDELINES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE:

Outdoor Events - simple outdoor events in counties where risk is low per the Global Epidemics site and adhering to the policy restrictions do not require proposal submission or dispensation. Check your county status, local restrictions and the Outdoor Events Policy linked above.

Protocol documents available from planning@oto-usa.org:


Indoor Socials / Classes

Indoor Liber XV

Indoor Minerval

Indoor First Degree

Indoor Second Degree

Indoor Third Degree

Indoor IV through K.R.E. (distribution to S.G.I.G. and Chapter leaders only)


Outdoor Minerval

Outdoor Liber XV


Events for Fully Vaccinated Persons (FVPs)

Notice: Submission of falsified vaccination information may result in suspension or expulsion according to COLMH Section VIII.B.1.f.



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