May 16, 2020: A Note for UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray
Over the past several weeks, the UUA has consulted with multiple public health officials in order to update the guidance we provided on March 12 recommending congregations stop gathering in person.
Based on advice from experts, we continue to recommend that congregations not gather in person. We also recommend that congregations begin planning for virtual operations for the next year (through May 2021).
Take a moment to breathe. I know this is significant.
In making our recommendations, we are guided by science and our deepest held values. This pandemic teaches us that our actions directly impact the health and well-being of our neighbors and so it is imperative that we make choices that keep our congregations and larger community safer. As COVID-19 disproportionately impacts people with disabilities, Black people, Indigenous communities, Latinx people, the elderly, and essential workers, a majority of whom are women and women of color, religious communities have a moral responsibility to do all we can to reduce risks for those already at such high risk.
On March 11th, the World Health Organization classified the coronavirus as a pandemic and has been spreading quickly across the globe. Here in the United States, Washington State is one of the hotspots for this virus along with California and New York.
King and Snohomish Counties have been the hardest hit so far with more cases being identified across the state. Please be advised that that a public emergency has been declared in Washington and Governor Inslee has ordered the closing of public schools, bars and restaurants, nursing homes and various other institutions and businesses. Gatherings of 50 or more people are banned.
WA Healthplanfinder has instituted a special enrollment period to help get people in Washington State medical coverage. If you don’t have medical coverage, please check out the website.
Please keep up-to-date by checking in with your county health departments for news in your local area. Protect yourself, your loved ones and your communities. Please honor all restrictions and bans.
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