As we approach two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is time to re-examine our policies for in-person gatherings at UUCB. Most adult and teenage members of the congregation have had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated, and for some adults to receive a booster shot. Children aged 5 to 11 are now able to begin the vaccination process and could be fully vaccinated by mid-December. Some experts believe we will continue in the current situation for the foreseeable future. Our calculation of risks has changed.

There is still real risk associated with the pandemic. Breakthrough infections – sometimes severe ones – continue among the vaccinated. The elderly, children under 5, and those who are immunocompromised may not be any safer than they were earlier. It is important that we consider the experience of all members of the congregation, not sacrificing the rights of one group for the convenience of another.

At the same time, the emotional and spiritual health of our community has been hurt by our current restrictions. Members are anxious to participate in music again, at least in a small way. And winter weather will make outdoor socializing impractical. Our updated policy seeks to find the middle way, protecting the vulnerable, while serving the needs of as many members as possible.

Here is a summary of the policy changes that have been made relative to the last (August) version of this policy:

  • The choir can sing while wearing professional grade masks.
  • Congregants may hum along to brief songs such as the Doxology or Spirit of Life while continuing to wear their masks.
  • Congregational singing is permitted at the end of service by those seated and wearing masks.
  • Eating and drinking inside are permitted inside if the policy guidelines are followed.

UUCB In-Person Gatherings Policy, as Amended December 2021

UUCB In-Person Gatherings Approval Form (online)

UUCB In-Person Gatherings Approval Form (PDF)