UUFD Resumption of Church Operations & Building Usage Policy

UUFD Resumption of Church Operations & Building Usage Policy

Updated and passed by the Board of Trustees – 5/22/2021

1.  It is the goal of UUFD to demonstrate care for the safe operation of our building, facilities and our congregation during a time of transmission risk for COVID-19. We strongly encourage all members and visitors to get vaccinated before gathering in person. We require that all persons visiting or attending services at UUFD continue to wear masks when entering the building to protect the vulnerable or our children who cannot yet be vaccinated.

2.  The Board of Trustees will use the following guidelines for resuming church operations in the building:

    a.  Following the guidelines of the Illinois Dept. of Health (IDPH):
          *<8% Positivity rate in our region.
          *Ensure no more than 50% of room capacity is exceeded.
          *Limit choir singing to pre-recorded video or outdoor venues
           (ex. gazebo).
          *Install hand sanitizer dispensers at the entrance to common areas. 
          *Post signage encouraging the use of sanitizers before & after events.
    b.  Considering the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
          *Utilize air exchange and/or air purification equipment in the facility
            common areas to reduce the effect of viral transmission aerosols.
          *Monitor the build-up of CO2 within the common areas with an active
            alarm detection device or similar equipment to ensure air exchange is
          *Provide masks for congregation and visitors who do not supply their
            own PPE. 
          *Request individuals who choose to not abide mask wearing
            requirements leave the facility. 
          *Close the facility for 72 hours should any visitor be known to have
            entered the building who tested positive for any Coronavirus variant.
            The building will be cleaned and sanitized before re-opening.

3.  We understand that attaining a “zero level” of risk of transmission is not feasible, but we do endeavor to take reasonable precautions to protect our congregation and visitors, keeping in mind the comfort level of each individual may not be met. We promote the inherent worth and dignity of all persons following the principles of our Unitarian Universalist faith. 

4.  UUFD reserves the right to update this guideline should regional metrics or conditions change. The Board of Trustees is responsible for maintenance of this policy.


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