UUCJ and the COVID-19 Virus
As many of you have heard by now, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis disclosed late Sunday that two people in the Tampa Bay area are the first to test “presumptively positive" for COVID-19 and directed his top health official to declare a public health emergency.
Rev. Marti and Rev Roberta are planning upcoming worship services knowing that fear of the impacts of the COVID-19 call us both to community and to caution. We will hold our worship service as usual this coming Sunday, and we ask that we all observe the following common-sense precautions in order to protect the most vulnerable members of our community:
- Wash your hands frequently – use soap and water and wash for at least 30 seconds.
- Sneeze or cough into the crook of your elbow or a tissue, not your hand. Wash immediately after sneezing or coughing.
- If you are feeling ill, stay home!
- Avoid touching your face, especially your mouth, nose and eyes, with unwashed hands.
- Regularly disinfect frequently touched surfaces. We will be providing containers of disinfectant wipes around the campus; you can all help out by wiping down doorknobs and other frequently touched surfaces.
- Use hand sanitizer. (We will provide hand sanitizer at various locations around the campus.)
- Avoid close contact with anybody who has symptoms of illness
- Greet others in low-contact or non-physical ways.
We can all work together to keep our beloved community healthy. For the immediate future we will make the following changes to our worship services:
- We will greet each at the beginning of the service with welcoming words and will not hug or shake hands until otherwise communicated
- We will not hold hands at the end of the service during the Congregational Affirmation
- We will work with the volunteers offering snacks during social hour and in our religious exploration classrooms on protocols that minimize risk of disease transmission
Our thoughts are with all of you as we respond to this public health situation with a sense of responsibility and an attitude of calm #alert, not anxious.