April 30, 2021.
Public health professionals have agreed that outside gatherings are less likely to transmit COVID-19 than indoor gatherings when basic guidelines are met. In addition, Fairfax County has entered Phase 3 of its recovery plan. As such, as of May 1, 2021, UUCF guidelines will now allow in-person outside gatherings of UUCF-sponsored groups of 25 individuals or fewer. UUCF-sponsored groups may meet at designated campus locations as well as parks and outside of homes, if UUCF requirements and recommendations are met (see below). UUCF’s buildings remain closed except to staff and designated volunteers, and no restroom facilities will be available on campus.
Five spaces on campus have been designated for outdoor gatherings:
- Location 1: Deck area outside of the Sanctuary (up to 12 individuals)
- Location 2: Patio area outside the Administration Building Library (up to 15 individuals)
- Location 3: Amphitheater platform (up to 8 individuals)
- Location 4: Memorial Grove (up to 13 individuals)
- Location 5: Grassy area outside the Program Building front doors (up to 25 individuals/family units)
Individuals and family units may also explore the campus trails. The outer playground is available for masked children. The fenced playground is reserved for the Montessori School at this time.
Congregants must reserve space ahead of time by contacting the administrative coordinator (Mary Foster) at email@example.com. Space will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and no more than two consecutive meetings of the same group can be scheduled at a time (in order to share UUCF’s limited space).
UUCF groups that would like to meet outdoors at private homes or at parks may do so provided they follow local jurisdiction rules associated with COVID-19 prevention as well as those in the guidelines document, including the tracking and tracing measures. UUCF-sponsored events at private homes and parks are also limited to 25 family units/individuals.
Groups must agree to follow a set of safety protocols found here and posted on campus. These protocols include wearing masks and maintaining social distance, regardless of vaccine status. Each group must have a safety coordinator who will complete and submit the online Potential Contact Tracing Record form within 24 hours of the meeting. For full information and details on how to host a UUCF activity outdoors, please see the COVID-19 Guidelines for UUCF-Sponsored Outdoor Gatherings and Classes. In keeping with our covenant with each other, the UUCF Coordinating Team, Board and the COVID-19 Task Force ask members and friends to comply with both the requirements and the non-mandatory recommendations in these guidelines to protect everyone’s health. Groups are encouraged to consider other summer health risks in planning their meetings (e.g., heat, bugs, poison ivy, thunderstorms, etc.)
Reopening the UUCF campus comes at the recommendation of the UUCF Re-Opening Task Force. UUCF leadership has asked the Re-Opening Task Force to develop a phased approach for reopening. The current policy reflects Phase 1: Outdoor Gatherings. In the coming months, the task force will develop recommendations for Phase 2 – Small Group Indoor Gatherings and Phase 3 – Large Group Indoor Gatherings/Worship Services. The task force anticipates that it will be some time before Phase 3 is appropriate.
We look forward to the energy and spirit this return to small group activities will bring to our campus and community. Please continue to be safe and to take care of each other!
and the UUCF Re-Opening Task Force (Rev. Christin Green, Diana Tycer, Bill Braband, Meredith Carr & Gina Wells)