UUCB In-Person Gatherings During COVID
After almost a year and a half of COVID-19 precautions, many of us are impatient to be together again in person. Being present with each other is important for the well-being of our community as well as individuals. We are ready to be done with the pandemic – but it is not done with us. At this time, August 2021, Broome County is experiencing “significant” levels of COVID-19 transmission, a situation in which the CDC recommends everyone wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
Those who are vaccinated are generally protected against serious illness and hospitalization, but they can still be infected, and they can still transmit the disease to others who are more vulnerable, including those who cannot be vaccinated (children under 12 years old, and those with certain medical conditions), and those who are immunocompromised, and are not well-protected against illness despite vaccination. We also need to consider the needs of our staff and volunteers, who should not be asked to face avoidable risks. We are guided by the principles of inclusion, equity, and interdependence. Our policy is more strict than many other locations because we want to be welcoming to all, regardless of health status. We appreciate the efforts of our members and friends to comply with these policies, demonstrating the strength of our care for each other.