On January 5, 2022, the Saltwater Church Board met and considered the significant rise in COVID-19 cases in our community due to the Omicron variant. As King County has moved into the severe risk level for infection, we have made the difficult decision to pause all in-person programming at this time. We believe this decision is in alignment with our mission and values, and reflects our commitment to care for each other, our wider community, those who are unable to be vaccinated, and the health care workers who are caring for those who are ill.

We know that this may bring up many feelings, including disappointment, frustration, and sadness. Please be assured that the Board is monitoring our local transmission rates through COVID Act Now and will restart in-person programming as soon as we are able to. You can learn more about our local transmission rates here: https://covidactnow.org/us/washington-wa/county/king_county/?s=27811671

Covid-19 Guidelines for Indoors
Currently Suspended as of Jan 5, 20022

Small Group Meetings – SUSPENDED

  1. Up to 15 people, ages 12 and up, can meet indoors, socially distanced, and masked in the sanctuary or welcoming room. Only one group may use the building at a time.
  2. We strongly recommend that anyone who is eligible to be vaccinated do so, especially before participating in indoor small group activities. In order to care for the well-being of our community, we ask that if you are not vaccinated that you continue to participate in church programming through zoom. If you have a medical exemption and would like to participate in indoor programming, please contact Rev. Kristen: minister@saltwaterchurch.org
  3. There will be no food or drinks to ensure continuous mask wearing.
  4. Church members who are sick, or who have come into contact with someone positive for Covid-19 in the last 14 days, are not permitted to attend in-person church events.
  5. Restrooms in the welcoming room will be available for use. Access will be limited to no more than 2 people at a time.
  6. The leader of the group will need to create an attendance list to enable us to contact attendees in the event of an exposure. Please use the sign in sheet that is linked below. The group leader will be required to submit the attendance list to our office administrator. The list will then be retained for 2 weeks in the church office. If an exposure occurs, Rev. Kristen will be informed immediately to protect others using the facility.
  7. For youth ages 12-17, their parents must complete a form giving permission for them to participate in indoor church programming. Youth must also agree to follow all COVID-19 safety guidelines.
  8. The leader will be responsible for ensuring high touch surfaces are wiped down after use, for example: light switches, door knobs, and bathroom sink handles. Cleaning supplies are available in the janitor’s closet in the welcome room. Also available in the janitor’s closet are extra disposable masks, hand sanitizer, hand soap, and paper towels.
  9. Group leaders will do what is feasible to increase ventilation: open doors and windows when possible, turn on heating system, or put on air purifiers, if available.

Large Group Meetings

At this time, Saltwater UU Church is not open for indoor activities involving large groups.

Covid-19 Guidelines for Outdoors
Currently Suspended as of Jan 5, 20022

Small and Large Group Gatherings – SUSPENDED

For on campus outdoor programming, given the rise in infection rates, everyone will be required to mask and practice social distancing. This includes persons who have been fully vaccinated.  Outdoor events are open to all ages.

Message from our Board and Minister

We believe our approach to managing events during the pandemic reflects our commitment to welcome and care for those who are more vulnerable, including children, those who are immune-compromised, and those who are unable to be vaccinated. The Board is continuing to monitor the local Covid-19 transmission rates through Covid Act Now: https://covidactnow.org/us/washington-wa/county/king_county/?s=25031418/. They meet monthly to assess our local conditions to see when we are able to start multi-platform worship. We are keeping in mind guidance from both public health and the UUA: https://www.uua.org/leadership/library/delta-guidance. If you have any questions about our current guidelines, please contact Mayda Taney, Board President.

If you would like to create an event to foster connection, you can schedule that event with our office administrator: administrator@saltwaterchurch.org. If you need support in planning or organizing an event, please contact a member of the Operation Leads Team: Rev. Kristen Kuriga, Melinda Einander, Susan Aigner, or Galen Guffy.