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Guidance on Regathering

as of September 2, 2021

 

While the UUFA looks to regathering once again in beloved community, it is essential that every measure possible is taken to keep all members of our community safe. To that end, the following measures have been developed by our Regathering Taskforce, approved by the Board of Directors, and stand in immediate effect:

 

Strategies to Reduce COVID Transmission

  • If positive test rates reach 15% for Story County, all in-person activities at the UUFA will immediately be transitioned to virtual only for the next 7 days. This includes Sunday services, Religious Education, and all other meetings/activities.
  • Masking is required for all indoor activities, regardless of vaccination or previous COVID status.
  • To provide recommended 6 feet of social distancing, seating will be limited to approximately 40 people in Fellowship Hall. As conditions allow and technology installation concludes, additional multi-platform areas are expected to become available. Other meeting spaces will have reduced seating capacity posted.
  • In-person attendance at indoor gatherings is recommended for vaccinated persons only. Unvaccinated congregants (ages 12+) are strongly encouraged to consider remote participation.
  • Gatherings are encouraged to stay within a 60-90 minute timeframe to reduce exposure. This time includes setup/gathering, meeting, and cleanup/dispersing.
  • A weekly, online pre-registration will be available for in person attendance at Sunday services. Registration will be required to reserve a seat. Small group gatherings during the week are expected to self-monitor attendance to abide by posted limits.
  • A family-friendly space will be maintained for virtual onsite participation on Sunday mornings. Registration will be required to reserve a seat.
  • Wherever and whenever possible, windows will be open in all spaces of gathering to optimize airflow.
  • No food is allowed, food/beverages will not be served, and the kitchen will remain closed. Congregants are welcome to bring their own pre-filled travel mug or water bottle.
  • Masks and hand sanitizer are available throughout the building. Additional cleaning supplies, rapid COVID testing, and other PPE are available from the office upon request.
  • Child and nursery care are suspended until further notice. The spaces traditionally used for these purposes will remain locked.
  • Volunteers for Religious Education will be required to provide proof of vaccination prior to in-person participation.
  • Religious Education participants will be screened each week at check-in, via simple questionnaire.

 

Decisions Basis & Communication

The UUFA will monitor the Story County COVID "positive test" rate weekly via covidactnow.org. Determination will be made every Wednesday (noon) and shared immediately via the UUFA website (uufames.org/covid19) and on Friday via the Weekly Email. The Fellowship office will make every effort to notify group activity leaders most impacted by short notice, but group leaders should always check covidactnow.org or the UUFA website schedule (uufames.org/covid19) for updates on whether activities are happening or not.

 

How Congregants Can Keep Our Community Safe

  • Get vaccinated if you are eligible!
  • If you or anyone in your household has had any of the following symptoms within 48 hours prior to your chosen UUFA activity, please do NOT participate in in-person activities:
    • Fever (100.0° and higher), cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, gastrointestinal distress (nausea/vomiting/diarrhea), new loss of taste/smell, new muscle aches
  • Wear a mask for all in-person gatherings (required indoors, recommended outdoors)
  • Maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from others indoors or 3 feet outdoors
  • Get tested if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

 

What To Do If You Have Been Exposed to COVID-19

A person is considered exposed to COVID-19 if they have been in the same room or close proximity (within 6 feet) to a COVID-positive person for a cumulative 15 minutes within 24 hours and one or both persons are not wearing a mask the entire time. A person can be contagious for 2 days prior to the development of any symptoms.

If you have been identified as a close contact the CDC recommends:

  • Stay home (even if you are vaccinated and not symptomatic).
  • Obtain a COVID test (testing 3-5 days since the last day of exposure is recommended by the CDC).
  • Refrain from any in-person activities for 14 days OR until you receive a negative COVID test result.

 

What To Do If You Test Positive for COVID-19

  • Stay home and isolate if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days or until symptoms subside (whichever is longer).
  • Contact the UUFA if you or anyone in your household tests positive for COVID-19. Include dates of any in-person activities that you participated in. This is important for us to contact trace and notify any close contacts that they should get tested (see sample communication here).

 

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