GUIDELINES FOR IN-PERSON GATHERINGS AT WUUC

November 19, 2021

  1. Well-fitted masks are to be worn indoors at all times, by everyone. Masks must be well-fitted, cover the mouth and nose, and be worn properly. Exceptions will be made for anyone speaking from the pulpit, as part of a worship service or other presentation in the sanctuary. The speaker may remove their mask to speak, but must put their mask back on as soon as they are finished, and before leaving the pulpit. The next speaker should not move toward the pulpit until the previous speaker has re-masked and vacated the pulpit area. 
  2. Proof of Vaccination is required to attend in-person events indoors at the church. You should bring your vaccine card, or a photo of it, as proof. We are currently working on a form which will allow you to submit a photo of your vaccine card to us, which we can keep a record of. Once we have your proof of vaccination on file, you do not need to continue bringing your vaccine card with you to attend gatherings at the church. 
  3. Groups larger than 20 are now allowed to gather as long as everyone is able to maintain social distancing of 6 feet. During worship services, we will limit attendance to ensure that we are able to maintain proper spacing in the sanctuary. Attendees who are not part of the same immediate household will be seated at least 6 feet apart. Members of the same immediate household are permitted to sit together and less than 6 feet apart. 
  4. WUUC will provide childcare for unvaccinated children outdoors on Sunday mornings to parents who wish to attend worship. 
  5. No food or drinks are allowed indoors because it would require the removal of masks. Food and drinks can be consumed outside, but please observe proper distancing (even outdoors) when removing masks to eat or drink. For at least the first few hybrid services, we will not be serving coffee (or other beverages or food) at coffee hour after the service. This restriction will be revisited (and possibly revised) when the COVID case count in our area goes down. 
  6. Please do not come to church if:
  • you are experiencing any symptoms such as fever (100.0 and above) or chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, headache, muscle/body aches, runny nose/congestion, new loss of taste or smell, or nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
  • you have had “close contact” with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19. “Close contact” means living in the same household as a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, caring for a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, being within 6 feet of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more, or coming in direct contact with secretions (e.g., sharing utensils, being coughed on) from a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, while that person was symptomatic. 
  • You have been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by your doctor or a local public health official.

Please keep in mind that the conditions concerning COVID-19 are constantly fluctuating. This means that our responses and our reopening plan will continue to change as well. We appreciate your patience. We are doing our best, and using the best knowledge available to us, to create guidelines that will keep our church community safe and limit the risk of spreading this disease here and in the broader community. You can find the most up to date information on WUUC’s approach to the pandemic on our website, wuuc.org, under the COVID tab on the menu bar across the top of the home screen.

If you have any questions, please contact the church office at office@wuuc.org, who can pass your message or questions along to the COVID Response Team. 

There is hope on the horizon. Unitarian theologian James Luther Adams wrote, “the resources (divine and human) that are available for the achievement of meaningful change justify and attitude of ultimate optimism.” We have the resources (masks, vaccines for everyone 5 years and older, air purifiers, new drugs designed to treat COVID) to justify being optimistic. We will get through this pandemic and find a way to live in a world where COVID-19 does not dictate every aspect of our lives. We are incredibly tired of living under COVID restrictions. But being tired doesn’t mean we can let our guard down. Let’s stick with it just a little bit longer. This is what the moment calls for, this is how we care for ourselves and each other, and this is how we live our Unitarian Universalist values. 

Yours in community,

The WUUC COVID Response Team

(Joni Brand, Leslie Morton, Barbara Ramey, Leslie Schmidt, Kerrie Vespaziani, and Rev. Dan Lillie)