Message from the Board President

Tampa Bay Times 7/28/21: “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed course
yesterday on some masking guidelines, recommending that even vaccinated people return to
wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the delta variant of the coronavirus is fueling
infection surges.


Citing new information about the variant’s ability to spread among vaccinated people, the CDC
also recommended indoor masks for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors at schools
nationwide, regardless of vaccination status.”
The UUSP Board of Trustees approved a Temporary Policy for All UUSP Gatherings in May,
and we have been operating under that guidance since then. In light of this week’s revised
guidelines from the CDC and news reports on the increasing COVID cases both among
vaccinated and unvaccinated Floridians — we suggest that it is a time for additional cautionary
steps.


We ask that all members wear masks when entering the Church and continue to wear one that
covers both nose and mouth if meeting with someone. Regarding in-person Sunday service —
beginning on August 1st — we ask that each of us wear a mask during service and sit 6 feet
apart from others unless you are with a family or household member.
This is a scary and frustrating time — but let’s reflect on these words from our denomination
leaders.


“ … the CDC’s guidance is about individuals. As congregations, our decisions about masking or
un-masking need to be about community. We are in covenant with one another to act not just
as a collection of individuals, but as a body that works for the good of all. Because our Unitarian Universalist faith is grounded in values that call us to care about one another, we must continue to make our decisions by centering on the needs of the most vulnerable among us.”


We know that the current policy needs updating, and it will be; but please help all of us by taking these masking steps now.


Thank you,
Karen Coale
UUSP President

Bill Motter
UUSP Vice President
UUSP Worship Committee Chair