Monday, March 16, 2020 (12:29 p.m.)
In light of the global Covid-19 Corona Virus pandemic, the New York State Governor’s declaration of a State of Emergency, the Erie County Executive’s declaration of a State of Emergency, and the local diagnosis of three (3) people (as of this morning) with the virus, in consultation with Past Potentates, I am ordering ALL Ismailia Shrine activities be suspended for the period of one month effective immediately. That being said, our office will continue to be open in order to conduct our daily business.
This suspension of activities includes the Oasis and Divan meetings, Fish Frys, and other functions held at our Shrine Center.
There will be no exceptions.
Our membership comprises some of the high-risk populations (the elderly and those with underlying health issues), and given the uncertainty surrounding of those who have contacted the virus and have yet to be diagnosed, I feel that out of an abundance of caution, this is the prudent course of action.
This situation will constantly be reassessed. Please watch your e-mail, our Facebook page, and our website for the latest information.
William D. Adam, Jr.