To the Brethren of Alabama,
Last Saturday, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, I granted permission for the Worshipful Masters of the Alabama Masonic Lodges to suspend Masonic activities during the period of the declared National Emergency if they felt it would be in the best interest of their Brethren and their Lodges. As I stated at that time, we have never experienced this type of national response to any crisis. I felt it necessary to take extreme measures in response to an extreme situation. We are now one week later,and the situation has been elevated to a level we have never seen in this nation.
As I write this, I am sitting at my home because we have been requested not to travel unless it is absolutely necessary. For the first time in our history, our churches were closed this morning. The restaurants are closed, the schools are closed, all non-essential businesses are closed; as well as all major gatherings such as weddings, funerals, and graduations. Simply stated, we have never experienced this type of extreme national response in our lifetime and I feel that it is important that we protect all our Brethren during this turbulent time.
As such, in order to comply with the orders of the President of the United States and the Governor of Alabama concerning the number of people who should be gathering together in meetings or locations, I am suspending all Masonic meetings and functions in Alabama until April 30th, 2020. The Grand Lodge officers will be convening prior to that date and will assess the current situation and provide further guidance before the end of the April.
Brethren, please understand that the only reason I am making this decision is to ensure the safety and well-being of all our Brethren. I realize this will place a hardship on some lodge activities, but I am convinced this is the most prudent course of action for Alabama Masonry.
Once this critical situation has passed, we will reengage the Masonic Fraternity in Alabama with the strongest fervency and zeal. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me anytime at 205-276-5348. I sincerely Hope and Pray that each of you and your families remain safe during the COVID-19 crisis.
Mike Taylor, Grand Master