Governor’s Announcement on Reopening and Masks

May 13, 2021

Governor Jay Inslee at podium with flags in the background

On Thursday afternoon, Governor Jay Inslee announced that Washington plans a statewide “reopening” on June 30, and that Washington State would also “fully adopt masking guidance issued by the CDC” earlier on May 13. This CDC announcement advises that fully vaccinated people (that is, two weeks past the final required vaccination) no longer need to wear face masks in most outdoor or indoor settings.

This will not mean an immediate change in practices at UUC, however. Until the state releases updated guidelines for businesses and religious organizations, we’ll continue to require facemasks and distancing at the church for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, when visiting, meeting, or gathering in small groups at UUC. At this time, the church remains closed except for small group meetings that are reserved in advance.

We want to assure everyone that we will be reviewing and updating our use policies as soon as we have more information from the State on how these new recommendations should be implemented to protect our congregation and the public health. Stay tuned! Click here to see UUC’s current Pandemic Recovery Plan and related safety policies.