Updated March 29, 2022

As a religious congregation, it is our responsibility to lead in keeping our community
safe and healthy. After two years of navigating the COVID 19 pandemic, we recognize
the mental, emotional, and spiritual toll the pandemic protections have taken on our
congregation and aim to return to the least restrictive means necessary to provide safe
spaces for community use.

For the purposes of these Guidelines, we recognize two groups.

“Internal Groups” include: Employees, Members, Friends, and Visitors to UUCC events.

“Renters and Outside Organizations” include: all regularly scheduled and one-time
users (not specifically UUCC) of any of our properties.

UUCC requires that all users of the building:

  • Respect the request of any individual in shared spaces to remain masked. (This requirement is meant to apply in the absence of another rule regarding masking, not, for example, during Sunday worship services, social hour, or small group meetings which are specifically addressed in these Guidelines)
  • Assume the risk for their own activities.

It is therefore recommended that you continue to bring an appropriate mask with you to
the building regardless of whether your event is expected to be maskless or not.

INTERNAL GROUP BUILDING USE

The Gathering Covenant guides our behavior and decision-making.

In gathering together, we promise to:

  • Assume good intentions and use this Covenant and Congregation policies to
    guide our actions.
  • Give and accept reminders to follow the Covenant gracefully.
  • Gain consent before touching/hugging others.
  • Find ways to be inclusive of adults who cannot be vaccinated.
  • Prioritize the safety of the whole congregation over our own preference or sense of comfort.
  • Not gather in person if we are not feeling well or have been directed to
  • quarantine.

Masking

Whether or not to mask when on UUCC property, including during indoor worship
services and social hour, is left to an individual’s discretion and comfort level except for
the situations described here.

Vaccination

Though we acknowledge the importance of individual conscience, as a congregation,
we hope to have the highest vaccination rate possible for eligible individuals. All staff
and front-line volunteers (e.g., Board of Trustees, Committee Chairs, Small Group
Leaders, RE Volunteers/Teachers, etc.), eligible for vaccination against COVID 19 must
be vaccinated and boosted as recommended; anyone in this group who cannot be
vaccinated for medical reasons must be tested weekly for COVID 19.

Social Distancing

We are eliminating the requirement that individuals maintain six feet of distance
between them. We encourage everyone to voice their comfort level with being close to
others and to remember that, because distancing has become reflexive for many of us,
negotiating awkward interactions is part of our new terrain.

Food and Drink

Any group may serve food and beverages. Please note that self-serve beverage
stations and potlucks/buffets are DISCOURAGED at this time. We will return to the
rituals of breaking bread indoors together like monthly breakfasts and potlucks
progressively as long as the CDC’s indicators of community spread remain low.

Group Meeting Size/Room Requests

UUCC has commissioned an industrial hygienist to make best practices
recommendations for air flow in our spaces and the Building and Grounds Committee is
in the process of overseeing and implementing these recommendations. In most cases,
we will no longer limit room capacity. Internal groups including committees, covenant
groups, interest groups, etc. and individuals should contact the administrator (currently
Rita Jackson) with room requests. The administrator will assign rooms in consultation
with members of the Buildings and Grounds Committee. Internal groups should discuss
the Small Group Regathering Decision Guide before deciding whether to meet in
person. Any group that does not come to a unanimous decision to meet in person
and/or maskless is strongly encouraged to meet remotely or in hybrid form (combined
in-person and remote). We also recommend that groups make this decision on a
meeting-by-meeting basis, since each person’s needs and comfort level with meeting or
masking may change depending on their individual circumstances.

Sunday Services

We recognize that COVID remains an on-going concern and our members may have
different considerations for their safety. Bearing that in mind, we will continue the
following practices:

We will maintain a section of the Sanctuary for those who prefer socially-distanced
seating.

We will use color-coded name tags. Dots or nametags (Green, most comfortable;
Yellow, more careful; Red, most cautious) will be used at services to indicate the
wearer’s current comfort level with gathering (there will be signage with explanations).

We will continue to ask attendees to self-report attendance at Sunday worship services
as well as positive COVID tests in the week following attendance at a Sunday worship
service.

We will offer childcare in a masked setting for children 5 and under who are unable to
be vaccinated.

Renters and Outside Organization Building Use

Room requests, including one-time events (e.g., weddings, funerals), may be scheduled
by contacting the administrator (currently Rita Jackson). The administrator will assign
rooms in consultation with members of the Buildings and Grounds Committee.

Renters and Outside Organizations may choose to go maskless for activities in the
building, however, they are expected to follow the guidelines for all UUCC Building
users (above), including that their members respect the request of any individual in
shared spaces, including hallways, stairwells, vestibules, and restrooms to remain
masked if asked to do so. It is therefore recommended that you continue to bring an
appropriate mask with you to the building regardless of whether your event is expected
to be maskless or not.

Renters and Outside Organizations may serve food and beverages consistent with Ohio
Department of Health guidelines and their rental agreement. Please note that self-serve
beverage stations and potlucks/buffets are DISCOURAGED at this time.

PLEASE NOTE: THESE GUIDELINES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON THE LEVEL OF COVID INFECTION IN OUR COMMUNITY

We welcome your comments and questions – please reach out to a member of the regathering committee (listed below).

In Fellowship,
Randy Partain, Minister
Carol Gay, Board President

Regathering Committee Members
Ray Gonzalez, board
Amy Glesius, board
Carol Gay, board
Randy Partain, minister
Allan Georgia, staff
Mike Carney, staff
Ken Kuehm, buildings and grounds