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COVID-19 UPDATE as of June 15th:

As of today (June 15th) there are 345 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Dallas County area. I have had several people ask when we are going to open the sanctuary for in-person services. Unfortunately, I cannot answer that with any certainty. If you go on this link ( https://www.dallascounty.org/covid-19 ) you will find we are still in the red zone which means it is not safe out there. While we do have the state opening up we are following the guidance of Judge Clay Jenkins who seems to have the most reasonable guidance in the matter. As he states, "just because you can do something, doesn't mean you should." 

The church board will continue to monitor the situation, but a good rule of thumb could be seeing a huge drop in cases with the risk level at green, or new normal for a specific period of time. As time goes on we will determine what is best for our congregation which includes a number of older members.

In the meantime, there will be occasional outdoor events which include social distancing and any events held in the church will be limited to 25% of capacity, or 37 people. There will also be measures in place to ensure the building is properly cleaned after such events.

It's important to reiterate, the church is just a building, it does not hold the message of UUCOC. That message is still being shared virtually through Zoom and on various forms of social media. And, since our primary message is that of love, we would be remiss if we failed to show that by putting our congregants at risk.

Blessings to you all,

Beth Ferree, V.P.