COVID-19 Update

“When Does CVUU Plan to Return to Normal Operations?”
The CVUU Board of Directors met for a virtual Board meeting on May 21, 2020. The question regarding when services and other activities may resume was discussed at length. The issue weighs heavily on the minds of all congregants, visitors, Reverend Justine, and the Board of Directors.

The Board has considered the recommendations of Federal, State, and local health officials. The recommendations of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) regarding when member congregations should consider meeting again in groups was also considered, in particular, two source documents, “Message from the UUA President: Updated Guidance for Gathering” and “UUA Guidance on Gathering In-Person When COVID-19 Subsides.”

The most important take- away from these documents is this recommendation from the UUA: In the midst of uncertainty, it is the UUA’s strong recommendation that congregations plan for ongoing virtual gathering and operations through May 2021. This applies to worship, events, committee meetings, staff meetings, one-on-one visits, rites of passage, and more. While smaller gatherings may be able to resume sooner if conditions improve, planning for virtual operations that could continue for a full year is advisable.

On May 21, 2020, the CVUU Board of Directors decided the following policies and procedures will be implemented.

Weekly virtual services will continue until such time as it is safe to meet at 809 S. Military Highway. As Reverend Justine’s time with CVUU comes to an end, CVUU will enter the Summer Series of services, in conjunction with UU Fellowship of Fredericksburg. This should prove to be an interesting and innovate series and truly something to look forward to.

CVUU paid staff members and other maintenance personnel will be allowed to enter the building at 809 Military Highway as required. There are routine maintenance and upkeep activities that still need to be performed. In the interest of providing a safe and secure work environment to our CVUU staff, please do not visit 809 S. Military Highway without first contacting the staff member by phone or email. An unnecessary visit to the building should be avoided.

Outdoor maintenance, grounds, and landscaping activities will continue, on an “as- required” basis. Groundskeeping groups shall maintain best practices regarding safety, to include wearing masks, proper protective equipment, and social distancing. The leader of any such activity is responsible for ensuring all best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are implemented. No committee or group should engage in any activity without a designated safety observer. A pre- activity safety brief is recommended.

Committees are encouraged to meet virtually. Zoom meetings can be scheduled by contacting Communications Coordinator Tracy Brune, comm-coordinator@c-vuu.org.

The Board of Directors makes this decision with heavy hearts. The COVID-19 crisis will be continuously evaluated, and any significant developments will quickly be acted upon by the Board of Directors.

Links to Source documents:

https://www.uua.org/pressroom/press-releases/message-uua-president-updated-guidance-gathering

https://www.uua.org/safe/pandemics/gathering-guidance