May 19, 2022

Masks are required on campus for all indoor gatherings until further notice. Masks are encouraged but not required outdoors at this time.

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March 11, 2022

 

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February 24, 2022

The percentage of positive covid test results continues to decline rapidly in Durham County, and this week stands at 9% (down from 15% a week ago). We are following both numbers and new research information, and we will relax our reopening policies as soon as possible, after consulting with our public health safety team. That said, we are hopeful to be able to safely welcome people back to the Sanctuary in just a couple of weeks. Children's classes remain scheduled outdoors but do have the option to move indoors if the weather is harsh (or in the case of OWL the class needs to be indoors). 

 

February 10, 2022

Although the spread of the omicron variant has begun to slow down, in the Triangle we remain at "extremely high" risk of spreading (and catching) the virus. Local hospitals are at capacity for other patients as well as covid patients. So at this time with a few exceptions, ERUUF programs are either outdoors (with masks and social distancing) or online only.

The exceptions right now are for middle school OWL classes which need to meet indoors. And other children's classes that may move indoors when the weather is extreme. Some rentals may resume if the office determines that they meet public safety guidelines. All this is in accord with CDC and NC DHHS recommendations (e.g. children attend school during the week, sports and other activities; public places are open for business). We continue to live stream worship on Sunday morning (available by recording afterward as well). We have patio heaters and other support for outdoor classes. As usual, the use of outdoor campus space must be arranged through the Office.

This plan for meeting mainly online or outdoors will continue as long as cases remain at the CDC level of "extremely high" in our area. We will continue to monitor public health conditions, and rely on the expertise of ERUUF's public health safety advisors. And we'll continue to follow the guidance provided by the CDC, NCDHHS, and UUA. And we will reopen the campus just as soon as it's safely possible.

January 20, 2022

The Omicron variant is currently infecting nearly 40% of the people in our area (that's just about 2 out of every 5 people), many of whom are fully vaccinated. To help slow the spread, at this time, ERUUF programs continue to be either outdoors (with masks and social distancing) or online only. And we live stream worship on Sunday morning (available by recording afterward as well). We have patio heaters and other support for outdoor classes. And as usual, the use of outdoor campus space must be arranged through the Office.

This plan for meeting only online or outdoors will continue through January 31 (or as long as cases remain high in our area). We will continue to monitor public health conditions, and rely on the expertise of ERUUF's public health safety advisors. And we'll continue to follow the guidance provided by the CDC, NCDHHS, and UUA.

January 6, 2022

The Omicron variant is currently infecting 1 in 3 people in the Triangle area, many of whom are fully vaccinated. At this time, ERUUF has moved to live stream worship only (carefully created by a small team in the Sanctuary). In accord with CDC guidance, adult and children's classes and groups may meet outside in person, with masks and social distancing. Alternatively, they might choose to meet solely online. Each group should check with its leaders and staff partners. As usual, the use of outdoor campus space must be arranged through the Office.   

We will continue to monitor public health conditions, relying on the expertise of ERUUF's public health safety advisors.  And we'll continue to follow the guidance provided by the CDC, NCDHHS, and UUA.

December 23, 2021

As recommended by the CDC and NC DHHS, in anticipation of an expected post-holiday surge of the covid-19 omicron variant, effective December 25, 2021, ERUUF programs for children and adults will move online or outdoors only.  Masks must be worn, and social distancing and handwashing practiced.  If you feel ill with covid symptoms please stay home (and only go out to get tested).    
 
  • On December 24, the 4:00 pm Christmas Eve service will be outside; all are welcome.
  • The 7:00 pm service will be by reservation, and also will be live-streamed. We will sing outdoors with masks and social distancing. We strongly recommend that only vaccinated people make a reservation for this service.  
  • The December 26 service was previously recorded and will be by live stream only.
  • Beginning January 2, Sunday services will continue at 10:45 am, online only, members not in attendance. The service will be produced by a very small worship team from ERUUF's Sanctuary. Masks, distancing, and handwashing continue in effect. Classes and groups will continue online or outside (at the choice of the group/leaders). We'll let everyone know immediately if safety requires moving to online only.  

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December 9, 2021

Omicron, Delta, vaccination rates, the impact of boosters, and more. All of these have caused us to modify our responses to the pandemic, and it can be confusing amid all these changes to know what the objectives are. As always ERUUF continues to follow CDC and NCDHHS safety guidelines, and we ask our team of health care professionals to review all our policy updates.   

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November 14, 2021

In summary, beginning November 14, the campus will reopen for indoor and outdoor use by groups and classes in accord with public health standards 

  • the rate of new covid cases in North Carolina is 5% or lower
  • more than 50% of the local population has had at least one vaccine dose 

If public health conditions deteriorate, we will return to previous restrictions as recommended by CDC, NC DHHS, etc. Click below to read the full Phase Four Reopening Guidelines or download here: pdfERUUF_Phase_4_Reopening_Guidelines.pdf

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November 5, 2021

The rate of new covid cases is declining in North Carolina. By CDC measures the rate here is down to “substantial”(less than 5%) from a former “high” level. Our overall levels of those who’ve had one vaccine dose and those who are fully vaccinated have also risen dramatically. For these reasons, after checking with our team of medical professionals, we feel comfortable that we can safely welcome adults back to campus in person beginning Sunday, November 14 for the 11:00 am service with masks and social distancing. Children’s programs will continue as usual. 

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September 24, 2021

We’ve heard from so many people who’ve shared how discouraged they are this September. We sure get it. We’ve all been sorely disappointed, and emerging information about boosters and breakthrough cases is quite confusing. Right now no one really knows whether this fall’s restrictions will last for six weeks or much longer. So we’re mainly online and outside right now, and we’re committed to opening the Sanctuary and campus to in-person attendance just as soon as it’s safely possible. As we have since day one, we continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC, the state of NC DHHS, and the UUA. In addition, at ERUUF we’re very fortunate to have a team of five health care professionals who review all our safety guidelines every time there’s a change to make sure we’re doing the safest things for everyone in our community.

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