Health & Safety Update

We continue to monitor our health and safety measures based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), other government organizations, and our health and safety task force. In line with these health and safety measures, effectively immediately we are providing this guidance regarding the use of face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All staff, program staff, visitors, and members are asked to wear a face covering when attending indoor activities sponsored by The Friendship Circle regardless of vaccination status. For all outdoor events, we will continue to require unvaccinated individuals to wear a face covering. At this time, we are not asking for proof of vaccination and signage will be placed on the front and back doors as a reminder. Physical distancing indoors is still in effect with physical distancing measures implemented. Please contact Sara Pelikan Cato at [email protected] or 412-224-4440 x101 with any questions or concerns. We will continue to monitor and evaluate current guidance and recommendations and provide updates as needed via email and on our website. On behalf of the staff, we look forward to seeing you soon and thank you for your continued support of The Friendship Circle and for making this community a safe and positive place for us all.

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