September update from the Covid Advisory Task Force

Mid-Missouri, like much of the state, is facing challenges – the extremely contagious Covid delta variant and an insufficient number of vaccinated persons. This has led to rising numbers of Covid infections, hospitalizations and deaths. While there is still much to learn, we have better knowledge of how to reduce the risk of getting and spreading Covid infections. We will be using all available strategies so we can hold in-person gatherings at UUCC this fall. We are counting on all those 12 and older to obtain Covid vaccinations and urging those who have not been vaccinated to do so as soon as possible. Also, it is important for adults and children with any symptoms to remain at home.

When weather allows, Sunday services and Youth RE will be held outdoors, observing social distancing and masks optional. We will wear masks for indoor services and activities and maintain social distancing and good hand washing. Our sanctuary and greeting areas have high flow air exchange rates that meet Covid safety standards. Children will not participate in services in the sanctuary this fall.

The task force advises no indoor congregational singing at this time, and instead quiet humming behind masks. In the sanctuary, vocal soloists and musicians will perform from the raised stage and will use appropriate protection and distancing.

The situation in Columbia/Boone County is constantly changing and new scientific information becoming available. The Covid Task Force will continue to meet monthly and review all of this as it relates to our gathering practices and make recommendations to the Board to maintain a safe and welcoming environment for all members and visitors.