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.

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
  • August 4, 2021 – multiple additions and updates
  • November 6, 2021– multiple additions and updates

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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
August 4, 2021

Due to the current uptick in the Delta variant please remain masked at all times while on campus.

A. UUCLB Campus Outdoor Grounds:

1. Remember to practice Inclusion, Covenant, Consent and Care.

a. Please stay masked at all times when both indoor and outdoors on campus. 
b. Please practice mutually agreed upon physical distancing.
c. Ask permission before making physical contact.

2. All-church outdoor activities.

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

a: Protocols for Outdoor Sunday Services

  1. Stay Masked at all times (unless drinking a beverage)
  2. Practice mutually agreed upon, physical distancing at all times
  3. Ask before making physical contact
  4. No food or eating on campus (with exception of health concerns)

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 Sundays beginning 8/15/21.
  2. The grounds shall be open during the daytime only, closing at sundown (at dusk, ~8pm)
  3. In order to ensure safe physical 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 2-3 persons or 1 Covid-19 household/cohort, for the recreational purpose of visiting/connecting with our beloved campus. Sorry, this is not a time for a social gathering.
  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. Please do not ask to use the staff restroom. Remember the staff is their own work-pod, please do not enter the office without their permission.
  9. It is expected that individuals will use common courtesy by not coming onto campus when ill or with a temperature higher than normal.
  10. When on campus, wearing appropriate masks and maintaining agreed upon physical 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.)

d. Protocols for Committee/Small Groups Meetings on UUCLB’s Campus 

  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 safe physical 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 physical 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

e. 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.

f. 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 Monday through Saturday, 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 MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY.

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 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.

c. Both outdoor restrooms are open for UUCLB use during on-campus Sunday Services. Please use as a ‘one person at a time’ unisex bathroom.

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. Personnel Committee work needs to be accomplished outside of the office. Any filing may be quickly executed provided there is only one other person in the main office.
    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 has a higher than normal 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 agreed upon physical 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 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.
  5. The office restroom is reserved for the use of staff and essential volunteers. Others may ask for the outside restroom to be unlocked.

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 physical 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 and the State of California mandates 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 some light at the end of the tunnel! We are grateful that many of our congregants are now fully vaccinated and the country working towards the goal of everyone being vaccinated. Sadly the Delta variant is transmittable even if you are vaccinated and asymptomatic, we must return to being cautious and wearing our masks to help keep others healthy. 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.

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

 

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