The UUCLB Campus ReOpening Protocols are created to keep everyone safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CRTF embraces a practice of Inclusion, Covenant, Consent, and Care for all during their process. CRTF recommendations go directly to the Board of Trustees where they are approved and adopted. All UUCLB approved protocols comply with the current City of Long Beach COVID-19 orders. (The City of Long Beach- Health Order for the control of COVID-19 as of July 17, 2021 is here.)

Revision notes:

  • August 2020 – The UUCLB Board of Trustees (BoT) established the Campus Re-Opening Task Force (CRTF).
  • December 1, 2020 – At its November 2020 meeting, the BoT voted to adopt the CRTF’s recommendations to partially open the church campus to three specific outdoor activities beginning December 1st 2020.  The Board of Trustees also voted to implement specific UUCLB protocols for participation in the outdoor activities.
  • December 11, 2020 – CRTF & BoT revised protocols for the use of UUCLB’s office by essential volunteers in order to ensure the health and safety of all UUCLB staff and essential volunteers.
  • March 4, 2021 – The following protocols are still in place with no change since December 11, 2020.
  • March 10, 2021 – Item A. UUCLB Campus Outdoor Grounds, under Item 1. A. “Protocols for Drive-Through Events” were added.
  • May 1, 2021 – Item A. UUCLB Campus Outdoor Grounds, Item 1. C. “Protocols for Committee/Small Groups Meetings on UUCLB’s Campus” were added.
  • June 15, 2021 – Item A. UUCLB Campus Outdoor Grounds, Items 1. D. “Picnic Protocols” and 1. E. “Organized Outdoor Gatherings” were added.
  • July 8, 2021 – multiple updates to all sections

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The UUCLB Board of Trustees,
In coordination with the City of Long Beach,
orders the following 

UUCLB Covid-19 Campus Protocols
July 8, 2021

A. UUCLB Campus Outdoor Grounds:

1. All-church outdoor activities.

At the discretion, and under the leadership, of Rev. Lissa, church activities (such as drive-through coffee hours, small outdoor gatherings, and summer picnics) may be scheduled on the exterior grounds of UUCLB’s campus.

a. Protocols for Drive-Through Events

b: Protocols for Short Visits/Strolls on UUCLB’s Campus (Note: this protocol is still current throughout the summer 2021)

  1. The grounds shall be open Monday through Saturday and open only during service on Sunday beginning 8/15/21.
  2. The grounds shall be open during the daytime only, closing at sundown (After 8pm)
  3. In order to ensure social distancing from the Montessori School staff and students, please park in the West/New Parking Lot, as well as enter and exit the campus from the West/New Parking Lot or the front gate directly on Atherton. (With the exception of Sunday worship services.)
  4. Visits shall be limited to 1 person or 1 Covid-19 household/cohort, for the recreational purpose of visiting/connecting with our beloved campus. Sorry, this is not a time for socializing with others outside of your household.
  5. Please relax and enjoy your time and move on in a timely manner.
  6. Plan all meals or snacking for off campus activities, as food is still prohibited.
  7. All buildings shall remain closed to entry, except the women’s/unisex restroom.
  8. The office remains closed. Please do not disturb the staff or enter the office unless you have an appointment and permission to do so.
  9. It is expected that individuals will use common courtesy by taking their temperature before coming onto campus and not coming on campus when ill or with a temperature higher than normal.
  10. When on campus, wearing appropriate masks and maintaining agreed upon social distancing from others that might be on campus must be practiced at all times. Hand sanitizer will be made available for use at outdoor locations around the property. (Signage will be placed throughout campus for individuals to follow the listed Covid-19 protocols.)

c. Protocols for Committee/Small Groups Meetings on UUCLB’s Campus (revised July 8, 2021)

  1. Meetings shall be open to all committees or small groups (e.g., affinity, small group ministry) in which
    i) all members of said groups are in agreement regarding the meeting on campus, and
    ii) the group size does not exceed 10 people.
    Both of these requirements must be met, or the group will continue to meet via Zoom.
  2. All meetings shall be scheduled through the Office Administrator.
  3. In order to ensure social distancing from the Montessori School staff and students, please park in the West/New Parking Lot, as well as enter and exit the campus from the West/New Parking Lot or the front gate directly on Atherton.
  4. Meetings shall be held during daylight only.
  5. Meetings shall be available each week on Monday – Saturday 10am – dusk (8pm). Campus is closed to Sunday meetings outside of Sunday worship service.
  6. Meetings may run for up to 2 hours only.
  7. Meeting attendees are encouraged to bring their own chair.  Chairs will be available for limited hours, you must make arrangements with the office. You may use existing picnic tables on campus, but be sure to use agreed upon physical distancing.
  8. For the health and safety of others, members and friends may only bring a drink with them on campus. Please consume all other food off campus.  The kitchen shall remain closed during all meetings.
  9. The three campus meeting locations shall be:
    1. –Picnic table area by the playground
    2. –Under the Structure (pretty wide circle)
    3. –Lawn at the north side of Wylder Hall (WH), between WH and the arbor/Atherton.
  10. When on campus, wearing appropriate masks and maintaining agreed upon social distancing must be practiced at all times. Hand sanitizer will be made available for use at all meeting locations. (Signage will be placed throughout campus for individuals to follow the listed Covid-19 protocols.)
  11. The office remains closed. Please do not disturb the staff or enter the office unless you have an appointment and permission to do so. Remember the staff is their own work-pod, please do not enter the office without their permission

d. Picnic Protocols – Please remember that ALL human beings under the age of 12 are NOT yet vaccinated.

  1. Stay masked except during active eating and drinking. (Remember to practice Inclusion, Covenant, Consent and Care)
  2. Picnic tables will be available, please also consider bringing your own chairs/blankets for your family group.
  3. Bring your own food-bbq shall not be available; please, no sharing dishes.
  4. Please consider the important values of “inclusion, covenant, consent and care” when removing masks around others who are not in your family group.

e. Organized Outdoor Gatherings

  1. Stay masked (Remember to practice Inclusion, Covenant, Consent and Care)
  2. Some chairs will be provided, but please consider bringing your own chairs
  3. Bring your own food, please no sharing dishes
  4. Please consider the important values of “inclusion, covenant, consent and care” when removing masks around others who are not in your family group.

All other organized activities, except for Sunday Services and essential volunteer activities, such as those associated with Facilities, and those who maintain the garden, remain prohibited. In addition, a church member or friend may briefly enter the grounds to drop off mail in the exterior mail drop slot of the church office, and/or come on to campus to enjoy a short visit/stroll provided that said individual(s) follow all protocols that apply and leave campus in a timely manner. Please do not enter the office without an invitation from someone in the office work-pod.

2. Outdoor Restrooms:

a. The outdoor restroom on the south side of the gate is closed, except for use by the students of the Montessori School. If for any reason this restroom appears to be open, please report it immediately so that it can be locked as soon as possible. DO NOT USE THIS RESTROOM.

b. The outdoor restroom on the north side of the gate also known as “The women’s/unisex bathroom” is open for UUCLB members/visitors as a ‘one person at a time’ unisex bathroom. It is expected that that all people using it will follow the posted Covid-19 health and safety protocol signage at its entrance and use the interior deadbolt lock that identifies the status of its use (i.e., open or occupied).” The staff of the Montessori School will continue to use this restroom.

B. UUCLB Campus Interior Space:

  1. The church office
    a. The church office is presently closed and locked to all congregants and visitors, except for essential volunteers, including those associated with Finance, Facilities, Church Treasurer and the Board of Trustees. All Personnel Committee church office work shall be suspended at this time; any emergent filing needs may be handled by the President of the Board.
    b. The office may be entered only when staff are not present anywhere in the outer office.
    c. Only one (1) essential volunteer(with the exception of the two essential volunteers who deposit checks) shall be present in the outer office at any time.
    d. If an essential volunteer doesn’t feel well, or is with temperature, the essential volunteer shall not enter the campus and/or office.
    e. Essential volunteers shall adhere to all City of Long Beach, County of Los Angeles and State of California Covid-19 protocols, including wearing masks at all times, maintaining six feet social distancing, etc.
  2. Appointments shall occur by telephone or Zoom. However, in person, office appointments may be made at the discretion of the minister or staff, assuming that the two individuals are in agreement.
  3. Wylder Hall shall be closed to all congregants and visitors, except for essential staff and volunteers associated with filming Sunday services therein, including those associated with the following committees: Worship, Virtual Church Committee and Music.
  4. All essential volunteers noted above shall be on campus by appointment only and shall leave the campus immediately upon completion of their essential volunteer work. VOLUNTEERS, PLEASE NOTE: It is important to know that the Chalice building rooms A & B, rooms 1-6 and the bathroom on the south side of the gate are solely being used by the Montessori school. UUCLB has an agreement with the school to not be on any part of that campus during COVID-19.

C. Other General Protocols:

Essential staff members and essential volunteers will adhere to all current OSHA and City of Long Beach Covid-19 protocols, including wearing masks, maintaining agreed upon social distancing, etc. The outer office space shall include no more than 2 people at a time, including any staff member(s) present. A schedule will be set forth that will allow essential staff and essential volunteers to use the office space when others aren’t there, for a limited period of time, as necessary. All necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) (masks, shields, gloves and hand sanitizers) will be provided to the office on an on-going basis. 

In Closing

The CRTF members acknowledge that Covid-19 infections (and deaths) have been in decline in California and the rest of the country, however at this time the Delta Variant is on the rise and the CDC recommends wearing masks while indoors. Because of the new variants appearing (especially in the California/Los Angeles area), they are reassessing health and safety protocols on a daily basis.  As a result of this fluid situation, protocol updates noted above may be modified at any time. Should this occur, members and friends will be notified in a timely manner.  In the meantime, all members and friends who participate in an activity on campus are expected to follow these UUCLB guidelines and protocols, this is for the health and safety of all members of our church community. Let’s all remember to practice Inclusion, Covenant, Consent and Care. We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves during this period of reopening.

The Present & Future

We know that we are all anxious to get back to the norm of being together on our beautiful campus; worshiping, socializing, and getting work done, in community with one another. You can rest assured your Campus Re-Opening Task Force and Board of Trustees is on the job, meeting regularly.  It’s been over one year since we have not been able to meet together, but we are now seeing a light at the end of the tunnel! We are grateful that many of our congregants are now fully vaccinated and the country is on track for everyone to be vaccinated by the end of summer! We will continue to move forward in a safe and sound process practicing Inclusion, Covenant, Consent and Care to get to that light at the end of the tunnel where we can all be together safely again, here is our Tentative Calendar for getting there this summer.

If you have any questions about this announcement, please contact Mimi Gephart-Seeley, Board of Trustees. * Campus Re-Opening Task Force Members include: Rev. Lissa Gundlach, Minister; Naomi Yoshida, DRE; Teresa Weber-Freeman, Administrator; Valerie Lindberg, RE; Michael Lyde, Worship; Mimi Gephart-Seeley, CU&A and BoT, (Last updated July 8, 2021)      

 

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