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Feast Update for July 11

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Feast Update for July 11

United States Feast Sites

At this time most of the U.S. Feast sites will be able to accommodate the registered number of people for that specific site.  However, yet to be determined is whether social distancing will be mandated at some sites.  There is also the possibility that some states might require wearing masks during Church services.  Most sites plan to offer the normal social activities such as senior citizen banquets, teens and singles activities and family day options.

Three U.S. Feast sites are under consideration for cancellation or reducing attendance to accommodate social distancing.  A decision on those sites will be announced next week as negotiations are still in progress.

With a few hundred Americans not being able to attend the Feast internationally and the possibility of reducing attendance at some sites, it may be necessary to open up as many as three new sites.  Right now there is enough room to accommodate all U.S. citizens.  Montana, Texas and probably Daytona Beach have ample room for additional people and will probably be less restrictive at Feast time.

The first week of August all U.S. and Canadian sites will announce the details of expected restrictions, if any, and the schedule of activities so members can make a decision as to whether they want to attend that site under those conditions.  Some members may prefer to attend a site that is more open and normal.  Some members might feel safer at services where social distancing and masks are required.  All that information will be available to review.

In conjunction with that information, members that do not want to attend their currently registered Feast site under those conditions will need to update their registration.

We are fully confident that anybody wanting to attend a regular and traditional type Feast site will be able to do so unless conditions drastically deteriorate.

Webcasting daily live services will be available in at least two different time zones.

Prayer

We are asking members to focus their prayers on the Feast of Tabernacles planning.  The situation remains fluid, but for those living in the United States there is still enough time to make adjustments if needed.

Brazil

It is with great regret that a decision has been made to close the Búzios Feast site in Brazil due to both current Covid-19 travel restrictions to Brazil as well as the continued postponement of facilities opening up in Brazil. However, we are pleased to announce that we have booked the same facility for next year’s Feast, God willing. The hotel has agreed to the same terms and conditions, and all that have booked this year will have their deposits valid for next year. For more information contact the festival coordinator, Jorge de Campos at jorge_decampos@ucg.org.

Canada

The first week of August all Canadian sites will announce the details of expected restrictions, if any, and the schedule of activities so members can make a decision as to whether they want to attend that site under those conditions.  Some members may prefer to attend a site that is more open and normal.  Some members might feel safer at services where social distancing and masks are required.  All that information will be available to review.

France

Given continued travel restrictions, as well as our limited human resources, we regret to announce that the Feast in France this year is unable to provide English translation of services, as well as make arrangements for shuttles and tours, and must thus request our international visitors to make alternate arrangements for the Feast this year. We are saddened by this necessary change, and look forward, God willing, to being able to host international brethren in France once again next year.

Italy

Due to travel restrictions into Europe, citizens from the United States may not be able to attend the Feast in Italy. Travel restrictions between Italy and the U.S. will be updated every two weeks on the Italy Feast webpage. Travel restrictions may ease in August, but with so much uncertainty those restrictions may continue into October.

Updating Registration Instructions (not to read, but can be referred too)

If your plans have changed and you definitely know where you want to attend, please update your registration.

  1. Log into the UCG.org account which was used to register your household.
  2. Access your household’s Feast registration in one of two ways:
    1. Locate your confirmation email (subject line “UCG Festival Registration Complete” or “UCG Festival Registration Submitted”) for 2020 and click the link in the email. -OR-
    2. Click on your name in the upper right corner. In the box that appears, click the “My Registrations” link. Locate your Feast registration for 2020 in the list on the right and click the “View” link.
  3. Toward the middle of the page, click the “CHANGE SITES” link.
  4. In the “Choose Site” dropdown menu, select your new site. The selected site will appear under the “New Site” header on the right and will indicate how many spaces are available at that site.
  5. Scroll down under the site photos and click the “Change Sites” button. You’ll be returned to your registration page, with your new site displaying at the top of the page.