As you may be aware, on Friday, July 31, COVID Act Now, the resource your Unitarian Universalist Community of Charlotte (UUCC) staff use to monitor our region’s COVID data, returned Mecklenburg County to the “high” risk category for infection (https://covidactnow.org/us/north_carolina-nc/county/mecklenburg_county/?s=27701658). This rating is based on the number of daily new cases, the infection rate, and the positive test rate. Click here for more information on risk level assessment.
Based on recommendations from the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this change in risk status does not currently require a change to the way we operate. Vaccinations are widely available for persons as young as six months and provide significant protection from severe disease.
We recognize that risk cannot be entirely eliminated. We have taken and will continue to take reasonable steps to minimize the risk of infection, including monitoring the resources mentioned above, following local and national mandates for masking and closures, and maintaining MERV13 filtration and safe air exchange rates throughout the building. (The exchange rate in the Sanctuary is 5x/hr, well above the standard 3x/hr.)
Individuals attending in-person services, meetings, and activities on campus must do their own risk assessment and attend at their own risk. Please observe the following protocols when attending events at 234*.
- We continue to require persons gathering and/or volunteering on campus to be fully vaccinated and boosted.
- We strongly recommend wearing masks in the building. Even if you are vaccinated, masks are an effective way to limit transmission and an easy thing to do to help others feel more comfortable. As a reminder, masks are always available at 234*. They can be found in the office area across from the front desk, in the vestibule on the table, and outside Freeman Hall on the credenza.
- Also, we remind anyone who does not feel well or who has tested positive for and/or has symptoms of COVID-19 to stay home. Click here to see a list of common symptoms.
We are committed to balancing health and safety with maintaining access to our congregational connections. Our goal is to keep our UU values at the forefront, including putting people first rather than economics or politically based recommendations. We will work together to maintain our commitment to accessibility and hospitality for people of all ages, specifically by providing hybrid and multi-platform access with the goal that everyone who wants to can participate.
Your Professional Staff
Alesia, Belinda, John, Kelly and Rev. Lisa
*234 – The UUCC is located at 234 N. Sharon Amity Rd. in Charlotte, NC.