Bethesda Friends Meeting

Covid update


Bethesda Friends Meeting cares deeply about the safety of our members and attenders. 

  • COVID-related decisions about our in-person activities are considered by the Ad Hoc COVID Advisory Committee, based on a set of Covid Safety Guidelines approved at Meeting for Worship with a Concern for Business on May 1, 2022. 
  • These safety guidelines lay out a hierarchy of risk levels, based on indicators provided by the CDC and Montgomery County.
  • Each week, a member of the COVID Advisory Committee will check the indicators and report the risk level to committee clerks. 
  • The BFM community will be advised via the weekly bulletin of any change in mandatory requirements for in-person meetings. 
  • The most recent Risk Level and in-person meeting requirements will also be listed on this web page. 

May 10, 2022

The current risk is at Level 3  At this level, the following rules apply to all in-person activities:

· In-person Meeting for Worship in the Meetinghouse.

· No food or drink allowed.

· First Day School activities may be indoors or outdoors.

· Child Care provided in space below Meeting room.

· In-person requirements:

o Masks required.

o Social distancing required in Meeting for Worship.

o Full vaccination including booster required for age groups where vaccination is available.

o Self-screening for COVID symptoms required.

o Sign-in with contact information required.

o Prompt notification of a positive COVID test after attending required.

o Please send any positive test notification via email to, or call one of the Meeting co-clerks. BFM will provide notice to others who attended the same meeting.

o BFM will provide notice to others who attended the same meeting.

As of May 10, 2022, masks at in-person BFM meetings are required. 

As of May 10, 2022, for in-person meetings at BFM (including First Day School and Child Care), please observe the following 

  • In person worship. Friends are invited to gather in person for Meeting for Worship in the Meeting House on the Lower School campus. Anyone attending should carefully consider the additional risks of gathering in-person. The following COVID rules apply to all of those attending in person:
  • You must be vaccinated against COVID-19 (as available by age).  
  • You must wear a mask. Tight fitting masks such as N95 or KN95 are recommended.
  • You must maintain social distancing.
  • You must self-screen based on COVID symptoms or exposure.  You may not attend in-person Meeting for Worship if you have a fever, have COVID symptoms, have tested positive for COVID, or have been exposed in the past 10 days to an individual testing positive for, or displaying symptoms of, COVID.
  • You must sign in on a simple sign-in sheet.
  • You must notify BFM promptly via an email to if you have a positive test after attending in person.  
    • BFM will provide notice to others who attended the same meeting of the COVID case (but will not identify the person testing positive).

Bethesda Friends Meeting

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 30152, Bethesda MD 20824

Our Meetinghouse is on the campus of the Sidwell Friends Lower School at the intersection of Edgemoor Lane and Beverly Road in Bethesda, Maryland

We are a member organization of the Religious Society of Friends
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