UCN Building Reopening Updates
UCN is committed to the health and well-being of our staff, members, guests and renters. As such, the Board has created a reopening subcommittee to review the current data and make recommendations for safely reopening our building.
Please reference this page periodically as we will update it as new information is available. Entry will be at each individual’s own risk. Please consult the CDC’s website for additional guidance and best practices.
- July 2021
- New recommendations from the CDC and the UUA both strongly indicate that mask wearing inside buildings such as UCN is advisable for the safety of all involved. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated people are included in the recommendation. This change is due to higher numbers of hospitalized COVID patients in Ozaukee County and surrounding areas. This decision was also influenced by the emergence of the highly contagious Delta and Lambda COVID virus variants. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with Leigh Hoftiezer or Jean Woodmansee, Co-Chairs of the Reopening Subcommittee.
- April 2021
- Many of you have wondered when UCN will be re-opening for in-person services. Reverend Tony especially has been fielding these questions in his phone calls to church members. The committee met again via Zoom on March 25 and the short answer is we don’t know yet. We are monitoring state and local governmental advisories, including the Center for Disease Control, and receiving information from the UUA. In the meantime, we have considered options for outdoor activities for the children. A few adults and children have met for sledding on our big hill this winter and an outdoor Easter Egg hunt was held last Saturday.While we monitor area Covid numbers and note the number of people vaccinated, physical changes have been made to our sanctuary. In preparation for a Sunday service or possible movie night at UCN, spaces have been marked off in the sanctuary to accommodate families with appropriate distancing. More wiring has been added to accommodate cameras for indoor “hybrid” services – meaning that members and friends can continue to watch and listen from home on Zoom while a small group may be able to attend in person.Subcommittee members developed a protocol for letting groups of renters as well as the voting public into our lower level, and stayed on site the whole day the polls were opened. Most recently, a system designed to ventilate large volumes of air in the sanctuary and west lobby has been designed and installed with attention paid to security concerns.The committee will be meeting again on April 22 and developing further criteria for re-opening. Your patience is very much appreciated as we strive to address the church community’s needs while maintaining safety measures to avoid becoming a center for pandemic exposure. If you have questions, please reach out to Leigh Hoftiezer and Jean Woodmansee, Co-Chairs, or Brian Bunzel, Building Committee Chair.
- Decision Making Aids: Am I ready to attend services in person?
- Guest Responsibilities
- Renter Responsibilities
- Covid-19 Questionnaire
- Meeting Attendee Template
- Pandemic Guidelines for Unitarian Church North as of May 2021
Subcommittee Meeting Minutes