COVID-19 Plan

The MVUUC board recently created a COVID-19 plan for the congregation on 6/7/21. This plan will be evolving as the pandemic evolves. 


All were invited to be part of the discussion and a number of members attended and gave us invaluable feedback. We did our very best to follow the UUA guidelines for covenantal community.


We spoke at length on this challenging topic and in 3 hours were able to establish the following plan.


In general the plan is meant to slowly ease us back into in-person meetings in a way that is comfortable and safe for all.


Religious Education:

  • Outdoors

    • Lessons will be held outside as much as possible.

    • Starts at 10:30 to help with the logistics of outdoor RE.

    • A remote option will be provided. Parents will contact the Director of Religious Education (DRE), Sarah Rainey-Smithback, prior to Sunday. This will allow the DRE to best accommodate the child's needs on the remote platform.

    • Masks will be mandatory during the lesson component outdoors except for those that have made prior arrangements with the DRE.

    • During regular service 11-12pm RE will be free play/child care time outside.

    • Masks will be optional during this outside playtime.

    • Adults interacting with children outside their household will be required to wear a mask.

  • Indoors

    • If weather dictates RE will be held indoors.

    • Masks will be mandatory when indoors except for children under 3.

    • Ventilation will be improved with opening doors/windows and use of fans or AC.

    • Continued sanitation practices will be followed.

    • A remote option will be available for those not able or not wishing to wear a mask.


Sunday Services:

  • Outdoors

    • Hold services outside when weather permits.

    • Masks will be optional when outdoors and when not interacting with children.

    • Working on improving set-up for shade and accessibility outdoors.

    • Working on creating an indoor remote viewing area for those needing accessibility and air conditioning.

    • Will continue live streaming for a remote option.

    • Recording will be available post service.

  • Indoors

    • Hold services indoors when weather dictates.

    • Masks will be mandatory for everyone indoors regardless of vaccination status. Exceptions for children under 3, those that cannot wear a mask due to a disability, and speakers while at the podium.

    • Masks will be worn at all times indoors including during singing.

    • Masks will be optional for speakers at the podium and properly social distanced.

    • Chairs will be spaced for social distancing but can be moved to participant's social distance desires.

    • A remote option will continue to be provided and participants that do not wish to wear a mask or are uncomfortable with indoor services are invited to join services on this platform.


Other Meetings (e.g., book club, committee meetings)

  • At this time in an effort to go slowly and to simplify rules, all MVUUC-sponsored activities will follow guidelines similar to those outlined for services. 

  • Outdoors masks will be optional except for when children are involved.

  • Indoors masks will be required regardless of vaccination status. 

  • A remote option will be provided whenever feasible for these activities. 


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