Covid-19 Policies

UUCFW Guidelines for In-person Worship

The Covid Response Task Force thanks everyone who has attended Sunday services since Oct. 24 for their cooperation and support as we seek the sweet spot for reuniting our community in our building while maintaining public health safety.

Worship services are being held indoors in the sanctuary, with a live TV feed into the social hall for overflow seating.

Attendees are expected to be vaccinated if medically eligible.

Wearing masks is optional but still recommended. Masks must be worn by those participating in congregational singing, but they may be removed when not singing.

Masks remain required of adults in the faith formation program and of participating children old enough to wear them.

If you have tested positive, please do not take part in person in a congregational event before going at least a week without symptoms.

The service also will be available via Zoom. Follow us on Facebook or send an email to the office if you would like to receive our weekly updates and Zoom invites. Or, you can use the link below.

(link to our Sunday morning Zoom Worship service)

  • The task force has used the most current data from CDC, the Indiana DOH, the Allen County Board of Health and our own congregation to determine policies. If data indicate improvement or decline, the task force will modify policy, notify event organizers, and recommend within a reasonable time frame that adjustments or cancelations be made.
  • Air-handling equipment has been upgraded as much as possible.
  • Ceiling fans will run during all services and events.
  • In every room with windows, some windows will be opened to allow for fresh air circulation. NOTE — as of February 3, this rule has been suspended during the period of very cold weather.
  • Religious education classes will operate in the largest rooms possible and will open windows and leave classroom doors open to the hallway.
  • Special air purifiers will be used in the nursery where there is no window.
  • Seats will be arranged to allow adequate space between family groups.
  • All staff and volunteers that work directly with children must be vaccinated.
  • All paid staff must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 by December 1, 2021, or by date of hire after if 12/1/2021.
  • All attendees who are eligible are expected to have been vaccinated for Covid-19.
  • When weather permits, socializing after the service should be in the outside spaces.
  • Attendees are expected to honor the system of personal preferences for close conversation indicated by our nametag sticky dots.

ADDENDUM

This document applies to all indoor activities conducted by UUCFW. If a UU group has a plan for an event that does not meet these expectations, that group can submit a detailed description of the event to the Covid Response Task Force for consideration, including the justification for the need for an exception to this policy.

Small Group Meetings

The Covid-19 pandemic remaiins a serious public health challenge. The following guidelines are offered to encourage a return to face-to-face meetings when desired by our congregants, within a protected environment. It is strongly recommended that participants in UUCFW functions also will observe these safety guidelines as closely as possible when meeting indoors in buildings other than our meetinghouse. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Meetings for more than six people must be held in the social hall. The choir room may be used for groups of six or fewer. Masks are recommended in either room.

All Events

  • Ceiling fans will run during all events.
  • Windows will be opened to allow for fresh air circulation. Green dots indicate the windows to be opened in the social hall.
  • The organizer of the event will open and close the windows following the meeting.
  • Seats and tables must be arranged by the organizer prior to the event to allow adequate distancing.
  • All attendees who are eligible are expected to have been vaccinated for Covid-19.
  • Attendees are expected to honor the system of personal preferences for close conversation indicated by our nametag sticky dots.