UUFP Announces New Building Use Policy – Effective March 1, 2022

**UPDATE as of April 27, 2022**

Masks are optional

Vaccine requirement remains in effect; boosters required for ages 18+

COVID Liability Waivers Discontinued

Full Building use policy with these provisions is being drafted and will be posted when approved by the policy board.

The UUFP Policy Board is thrilled to announce our new building use policy which allows indoor, in-person events at the UUFP effective March 1. We are carefully following CDC guidelines for the safest way to reopen, and with the COVID infection rates in Newport News, Hampton, York County, Poquoson and surrounding areas dropping following the Omicron wave, we have guidelines to allow in-person gathering while maximizing safety.

For the full policy, please see the Members page at UUFP.org or linked here:

We will require the following for indoor, in-person attendance:

  • Full immunization proof for your age group as recommended by the CDC. Please bring your vaccination card or a photo of it.
  • Mask wearing indoors at all times. We are requiring non-cloth masks per the CDC guidelines which have found cloth masks considerably less effective.
  • Signature on a waiver of liability. We have a liability waiver that can be printed and signed or we’ll have copies available at the UUFP: https://bit.ly/35midTM
  • Health self-check: Please ensure that you are healthy before coming to the UUFP by verifying you have none of the symptoms listed at the bottom of this letter.

We know that this is a lot of documentation, and we’ll be keeping track of attendance in case we have to do any contact tracing, but we are following CDC guidelines to minimize the risks of COVID.

We will hold Sunday Morning Forum at 9:30 and Sunday Service at 11:00 in the sanctuary building. These will be multi-platform, with Zoom participation available for those who are not able to attend in person.

Children’s programming will be taking place in person, with those too young to be fully vaccinated staying in the RE wing of the building.


We are limiting capacity at this time to 60 people in the sanctuary building at a time (plus 8 in the RE wing) and are testing our online event registration to help streamline this process. Please have patience with us as we work out these details, and we look forward to seeing you either in person or online at the UUFP!


The UUFP Policy Board and Religious Professionals
Rebecca Wheeler, Alicia Hofler, Jeanne Nailor Farthing, Marcy Stutzman, Steve Kadar,
Gayle Phillips, Lucy van Tine, Joanne Dingus and Rev. Andrew Millard

Summary of guidelines at this time: 

  • In-person: masked, immunization proof, health self-check, signed waiver of liability
  • Speaker may unmask while speaking
  • Sunday worship: 11AM sanctuary
  • Plus Zoom
  • Hymns masked
  • ChorUUs masked
  • Winds: brass masked, no woodwinds
  • In-person: masked, immunization proof, health self-check, signed waiver of liability
  • Speaker may unmask while speaking
  • Sunday Morning Forum: 9:30AM sanctuary
  • Plus Zoom
Children’s RE and Nursery Care
  • In-person: masked age 2 and over, immunization proof if eligible, health self-check, signed waiver of liability
  • Outdoor unrestricted
  • All children under 5 who are not fully vaccinated are asked to enter through the RE door and stay in the RE area.
  • Plus Zoom
Other programs larger than 20
  • In-person: masked, immunization proof, health self-check
  • Outdoor unrestricted
  • Zoom
Other programs smaller than 20
  • In-person, indoor: masked, immunization proof, health self-check
    • Food with consent
    • Unmasking with consent
  • Outdoor unrestricted
  • Zoom


Health Self-Check: Do not come if you have

  • Temperature of 100℉ higher
  • Sore throat
  • Cough/shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Chills, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting or abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle/body aches
  • Loss of appetite in children
  • Headache


**Update February 26, 2022**

Dear UUFP friends,

We want you to know that your Policy Board is aware of the new risk-assessment and masking guidelines delivered by the CDC on Friday 2/25/22. In particular, the CDC newly ranks our area at low risk and for low-risk areas, the CDC does not make any masking recommendations. That is, the CDC leaves masking up to individual choice for low-risk populations.

However, just last week, the UUFP Policy Board released our metrics for rejoining in person, including mandatory non-cloth masks, proof of full vaccination status, and the signing of a waiver of liability form. With these conditions, we are overjoyed to rejoin in person as of 3/1/22.

These re-entry plans of the Policy Board will remain in place through March 22nd, the date of the next Policy Board meeting. At that time, the Board will review and consider safety guidelines for UUFP according to available scientific studies and recommendations.

Thank you for your commitment to the UUFP through this long time apart. I so look forward to celebrating our return in person!


Bek Wheeler

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