Sunday services will now be multi-platform…
…meaning that we offer our services in multiple ways. We have in-person services in Community Hall with limited seating in distanced pods for those who RSVP. We also offer our services live via Zoom if you would like to attend virtually. Additionally a portion of our services are streamed live on Facebook.
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Groups can meet in the building. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status.
November 24, 2021 Update
Until recently, COVID infection rates have hovered around 30 per 100,000 people in Albany and Rensselaer Counties, where almost all of our members live. Now there is an uptick in rates. Several Albany UU folks have gotten infected, including reports of breakthrough infections, most of which have been mild. Many of us have gotten vaccinations, including boosters. All adults 18 and over are eligible for a booster. And children ages 5-11 now qualify for the vaccine, too.
Our COVID Response Team (Mary Applegate, Elizabeth Baldes, Tammy Goddard Hathaway, Patti Jo Newell and Sam Trumbore) has met in response to these changing conditions. Public health data indicate the risk of serious illness from COVID for vaccinated people is still quite low. We’ve determined that the building can remain open, and we will continue to use multi-platform technology for people who prefer to interact remotely. At church, we will continue to use our current COVID protocols. The Religious Education program will continue to operate with the precautions that have been in place since the church year began this fall.
We know that some in our congregation will continue to participate via Zoom while others will feel comfortable attending in person. We are committed to continuing our multi-platform presentation of our services for the foreseeable future. As we adjust to this new reality, let us be grateful for vaccines that protect our health and permit us to gather together in this new way. The wide use of vaccination in our congregation is what gives us a high degree of confidence in keeping our building open and continuing to offer rentals. It was also a significant factor in the Board’s decision to not require proof of vaccination.
Here at Albany UU, we want you and your family to have a happy, healthy holiday season. We are fortunate to have communicative and cautious congregants, families, visitors, and staff in the Albany UU community and we are so grateful for everyone’s cooperation during this difficult time. For your own well-being as well as others’, please be aware of the increased potential for exposure as you move through this often-busy time of year.
Our COVID Response Team will continue to monitor the COVID situation in our area. If there are significant changes in variants and COVID rates, we will notify the congregation about any changes in our protocols. Please in our area, stay tuned for updates. The health and safety of you, your families, and our church community are is our top priority and will continue to be so.
Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!
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