Coronavirus Updates

This page will be updated regularly as we continue to monitor the situation with COVID-19.  Last Updated: March 11, 2021.

SERVICES VIA ZOOM

All services are held on Sundays at 10:30am on Zoom.  For those who would like to join the service via teleconference, the number is 1-301-715-8592.  The Meeting ID is 632 068 0813.  We hope to be able to provide most of what you have come to expect from a UUFF worship experience, as well as virtual breakout rooms for children’s Religious Education.  Services will remain remote until further notice.

CLOSING OF FELLOWSHIP BUILDING

The church will close except for essential services. This will apply to all our renters as well. Rev. Doug will continue to be available for 1:1 counseling and meetings in his office.  Our Office Administrator, Nancy Michael, will be doing some of her work at home but will need to come into the office from time to time to check the mail and issue checks. Therefore, the regular office hours will not be in effect while we in this State of Emergency. The best way to reach the office at this time is via email at uuff@verizon.net, and she will respond as she is able.

GROUP MEETING POLICY (UPDATED MARCH, 2021)
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All Groups:

  • No group of more than 25 people may meet on Fellowship property/building at this time.
  • Groups between 11-25 participants may only meet either outdoors or indoors if facilitated by a member of the paid staff (Rev. Doug McCusker, Chris Johns, Jason Michael, Nancy Michael, Michele Nierle, or Pati Dunn).
  • Groups of 3 people or less may meet inside the Fellowship at any time.
  • Groups of more than 3 people wishing to meet inside or outside the fellowship must email the UUFF Office Administrator for approval at least one week in advance.
  • Six feet distance between individuals must be maintained at all times except for life threatening emergencies.
  • Masks must be worn at all times by anyone 2 years of age or older.
  • Only one person or family unit may use the restroom at a time.
  • The kitchen may not be used for food preparation. Individuals may bring their own food. No food shall be served or shared on the premises.
  • Groups meeting outdoors and indoors may remove their masks to eat, although participants must remain at least 15 feet apart and may not share food or other materials.
  • Groups of 4 to 10 participants and 11-25 participants that are facilitated by a UUFF Staff member meeting indoors may only meet in the sanctuary space.
  • Groups may not meet for any longer than 90 minutes.
  • Participants will not share materials.
  • Group leaders must keep a list of all participants present.
  • Any UUFF Group meeting at a non-UUFF location must adhere to the policies and procedures for that location.

 

Procedures:
Anyone needing to enter the Fellowship building for any reason, including using the restrooms for those meeting on Fellowship property, must:

 

  1. All meetings of 4 or more people must have a designated leader or staff member who has reserved the space with the Office Administrator at least 1 week in advance. The leader/staff member is responsible for strict adherence to this policy. Anyone who knowingly violates these procedures in a way that increases potential exposure to the coronavirus for participants will be told to leave the building and/or property by the leader/staff member and reported to the Office Administrator who will then notify the Board President and Minister.
  1. If a group requires any equipment other than chairs this must be requested from the Office Administrator and all directives on use of those items must be followed.
  2. Masks must be worn at all times by all participants 2 years of age or older. For participants younger than 2 years of age, masks are highly encouraged if the child is able. A double-mask is highly recommended for prolonged meetings over 15 minutes.
  3. Sign in upon entering the building on the log sheet in the This applies even if just entering to use the restroom. Line up behind the designated lines 6 feet apart while waiting to sign in and enter the sanctuary.
  4. Maintain 6 feet distance at all times including when outside, in the foyer, hallways and any rooms.
  5. Immediately wash their hands at the sink in the foyer upon entry to the building and after using the restroom.
  6. Only sit/stand in the area designated for the Seats must be 6 feet apart and 15 feet apart for activities involving singing or eating.
  7. If the group chooses an activity that includes participants removing their masks such as eating and singing, the UUFF recommends this activity take place outdoors. However, if done inside all participants not of the same household must be at least 15 feet apart until participants put their masks back on.
  8. Seats will be left in the meeting arrangement after the meeting so they may be cleaned by the Fellowship All equipment used, including microphones will be placed in a designated basket.
  9. Group leaders must keep a list of all participants present in case contact tracing is required after the meeting.
  10. Use clorox spray and wipes found on the sink counter in the foyer to wipe surfaces touched while in the building.
  11. The Office Administrator will notify the Fellowship custodian of meetings of 4 or more participants so that appropriate cleaning can be done before another group meets at the Fellowship.

The Sick Person Policy remains in effect for all activities connected to the Fellowship. Please review this policy prior to attending any UUFF affiliated meeting.

The log sheet provided in the foyer serves many purposes, but one is to record any person entering the building and the number of people who have been in the building since it was last cleaned (as the Fellowship Custodian will also sign in). Please use this information to make the best decision for you and your group.

 

ASSISTANCE FOR THOSE IN NEED

Should you be a person who lives alone and might need assistance, let Rev. Doug, Michele Nierle, or Diane Elstein know of your circumstances. If you know of someone in our community needing support, please pass on that information.

During the time of COVID-19, we want to ensure that everyone is getting the supplies and services that they need. Two forms have been created: one for volunteers and one for those wanting help with getting groceries, pharmacy needs, and/or babysitting.  Please contact Michele Nierle or Elizabeth Cameron if you have any questions or concerns.

For those who want to volunteer, please click here to fill out this form.

For those who would like help with getting groceries, pharmacy needs, and/or babysitting, please click here to fill out this form.