Posted Jun. 27, 2020.
Dear UUCF Community,
Some in the congregation are starting to consider getting together outdoors in small groups. To be clear, there are still no sanctioned outdoor activities at UUCF at this time, with the exception of a few approved by the Coordinating Team, including limited grounds work and the Food Drives.
Gathering Outdoors Still Carries Risk
Although gathering outdoors may feel like a lower risk activity, it is not zero risk. If you are over age 65, have a heart condition, diabetes or other significant health conditions, the risk is greater, and we urge you to remain in a “shelter in place” mode as much as possible.
If you do choose to gather with others outdoors, here are some guidelines*:
- Consider how meeting in person may be inaccessible and could potentially exclude members of your group. Default to choosing the most inclusive option for current and future group members.
- Keep groups to fewer than 10, counting children. Even better – fewer than 5.
- Note that children are not good at social distancing. Parents need to be responsible for their children’s compliance with distancing and if they are not able to maintain distance, leaving the gathering is suggested.
- Wear masks and wear them properly. That includes keeping your nose and mouth covered the whole time. Make sure masks fit so air doesn’t come in and out of the sides. Don’t be afraid to tell each other when masks aren’t fully covering.
- Bring your own food and drink.
- Stay 6-8 feet apart, even when you’re moving. Try to keep a sense of humor about it, but stick to it.
- Stay outdoors.
- Don’t share bathrooms. If this is truly impossible, guidelines suggest that there should be good ventilation in the bathroom, at least 10 minutes between each user and that every surface is wiped with disinfectant before the next use.
- It is safest to bring your own chair/table.
- Keep gatherings brief – an hour or less.
- Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer before and after. Don’t touch your face.
- Don’t do any of this if you feel sick (with whatever symptom – COVID-19 appears with a variety of symptoms).
- Please be aware that alcohol use makes it harder to make all these choices.
- Balance your mental health with your physical health. There’s no single right answer, so be compassionate with yourself and others.
Please take good care,
Rev. David A. Miller, Senior Minister
Rev. Alice King, Acting Pastoral Minister
The UUCF Coordinating Team