On Wednesday, March 23, the Saltwater Board met and reviewed our Covid Safety Guidelines. With the support of the Pandemic Task Force, these guidelines have been revised to allow more in-person connection, while also honoring our commitment to care for those who are more vulnerable to serious infection. Some of the changes include: masking and distancing optional for outdoor events and reducing distancing to three feet indoors, which increases our capacity for worship and other programming. To read all of the updated guidelines below.

Covid-19 Guidelines for Indoors
Open for programing as of March 31, 2022

Small Group Meetings

  1. Up to 40 people of all ages can meet indoors, socially distanced (3 ft), and masked in the sanctuary or welcome room.
  2. In order to care for our collective well-being, we strongly recommend that anyone who is eligible to be vaccinated do so, especially before participating in indoor activities.
  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 welcome room will be available for use. Access will be limited to no more than 4 people at a time.
  6. For children and youth, their parents/guardians must complete a form giving permission for them to participate in indoor church programming. Children & youth must also agree to follow all COVID-19 safety guidelines.
  7. 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.
  8. Group leaders will do what is feasible to increase ventilation: open doors and windows when possible, turn on the heating system, or put out and turn on air purifiers (available in the sanctuary).

Large Group Meetings

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

Covid-19 Guidelines for Outdoors
Open for programing as of Feb 25, 2022

Small and Large Group Gatherings

People of all ages can meet outdoors for programs. There is no limit on the number of people. Masking and social distancing are optional. Eating and drinking is ok. Please respect the choice of those who continue to mask and practice social distancing.

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 by completing our online request form (click here). 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.