August 12, 2021 

Dear UUCE Community,

As you may know, on Friday of last week Erie County Covid transmission rating moved from Moderate to Substantial.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released guidelines recommending that all people, including those fully vaccinated, wear masks at public indoor settings if they live in areas with substantial (50 to 100 cases per 100,000 people) or high (100 or more cases per 100,000 people) transmission rates.

In light of the uptick in cases and the designation of Erie county with a higher risk level than before and along with the information about transmission of the Delta variant even by folks who are fully vaccinated, your Board of Trustees, by majority vote is instituting a policy requiring masks for everyone at UUCE indoor gatherings for the foreseeable future. This will include services on Sunday mornings. We will follow CDC guidelines. When numbers go down and we can go back to “mask optional”, we will let everyone know.  We want to see everyone’s smiling faces.

We know this is difficult.  Some really do not want to wear a mask, some are concerned if everyone around them are not masked.  We know our families include unvaccinated children and folks who are more at risk. Where possible we will have a zoom option.  We will get through this together. 

~Nanci Lorei