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Level 4

James Reeb Unitarian Universalist Congregation Strategic Plan for Operations during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Situational Criteria

If any one or more actual, existing conditions are of greater severity than even one of the criteria conditions listed below, the guidelines of the next higher level are to be implemented.

COVID Act Now Metrics for Dane County are at the following levels:

  •  Daily new cases per 100K “10-25” (orange) or higher
  • Infection rate “1.1-1.4” (orange) or higher
  • Positive test rate “10-20%” (orange) or higher
  • ICU capacity used “Over 85%” (red) or higherAnd/or state, county, and/or city authorities have mandated a stay-at-home order.

Building Accessibility and Use

The building is closed.

Hand sanitizer is placed in appropriate locations throughout the building. Entry is only permitted for essential business, which is defined as payroll, bills, check signing, access to resources, and building safety and maintenance. If two or more individuals are required to carry out essential business within the building, they are to maintain physical distance of 6’ or more, wear masks and gloves, wash hands at each opportunity, and sanitize surfaces contacted.

The building may be used for emergency community support under the following guidelines:

  • Wash one’s hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after one has been in a public place, or after blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Maximum numbers by room: Sanctuary (2100 sq. ft.): maximum 18 (or whatever Dane County orders permit, whichever is less); Multipurpose room (800 sq. ft.): maximum 7; Front classroom (246 sq. ft.): maximum 2
  • Avoid close contact.
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
  • All people over the age of 2 years will cover their mouth and nose with a mask at alltimes when inside the building, unless it interferes with medical treatment.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

Congregational Life – Worship and Program

Sunday services are prepared and disseminated on-line, from home(s).

All group gatherings, including but not limited to meetings, religious education, Covenant Groups, and choir, take place virtually, with participants at home as individuals or family groups, or outdoors in accordance with the guidelines for outdoor gatherings that appear below.

Staff Practices

All staff work remotely, except for essential business that must be conducted in the building. All meetings are held virtually.

Outdoor Gatherings

  • Keep the size of the gathering to a maximum of 15 people, or split into smaller groups when the total exceeds 15. The organizer of the gathering must provide a means for pre-registration, including a way to choose virtual participation if applicable. No drop-in events.
  • Ensure a physical distance from each other of at least eight or nine feet.
  • Arrive at all outdoor gatherings wearing a mask. Masks may be removed if all participants explicitly express comfort in doing so.
  • Bring hand sanitizer. Avoid touching one’s face and frequently wash or sanitize hands, if possible.
  • Refrain from singing, chanting, reciting prayers, playing wind instruments or performing deep-breathing exercises, as these activities carry a higher risk of transmission of COVID‐19.
  • Refrain from bringing items for sharing with others.
  • Prior to gathering, discuss restroom needs. Because public restrooms carry an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19, it would be best to keep the duration of a gathering short enough so that restroom facilities may not be needed. However, restroom facilities at parks could be considered, especially if they are frequently cleaned and well-ventilated. The JRUUC building is not open for restroom use.
  • Special considerations should be discussed if the gathering is to include small children and others who might find it hard to observe physical distancing.