Guidelines for Small Group Gatherings
  • Only permitted when risk of person with Covid at a gathering of 10 people is 10% or less.  See Risk Assessment Tool for details.
  • Held outside if possible
  • If indoors, must be 10 or less people
  • Everyone masks
  • No food except that brought in by people for their own use – only eaten with at least 6 feet of distance from others
  • Have an area that is large enough that people can space out – set out chairs that are spaced
  • Ask guests to disinfect the bathroom after using (have wipes available)
  • No singing

For everyone’s safety, you are asked to stay home if you:

  • Are experiencing symptoms such as a fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell. 
  • Have had exposure to someone with Covid-19 in the prior 14 days.
  • Have been in more than brief contact with multiple unrelated individuals indoors (such as when traveling, or other group gatherings) in the last 14 days.

Zoom Details

The church building is currently closed, so all services and most events are hosted via Zoom.  Different events will have a different meeting IDs and links:

Building Reopening

A Building Reopening Work Group has been convened to determine the state, city, UUA and CDC regulations and insurance carrier guidelines we need to follow when planning to reopen for services. In addition, the group will research how other Dubuque churches are making decisions about reopening.  Work group members are Frank Potter, Bob Dunn, Sandy Nickel, and Katie Heil (lead).

Based on the work group’s research and recommendations, the Board has decided we’ll stay closed until either of the following requirements have been met (whichever comes first):

  • There have been 0 new cases of Covid in Dubuque County for at least two consecutive weeks.  See Iowa Positive Case Analysis for details.
  • The vaccine is widely available and the risk for a gathering of 50 people be at 10% or lower for at least 10 days before reopening for services.  See Risk Assessment Tool for details.

We will notify the congregation through the newsletter once this criterion has been reached and the Program Committee has sufficient lead time to resume in-person services.

While there was discussion about having in-person gatherings of 10 or less at the church, this has been tabled for the foreseeable future due to workers needing access for the restoration.

Guidelines for Limited Building Use

While the buildings are closed, limited use may be permitted, with Board approval.  Please contact Gail Guenther with your request so the Board knows how many and when people will be in the building, and she will notify you of the Board’s decision. Please follow these guidelines:

Health & safety

  • Limit number of people in the buildings at one time (up to 6).
  • Wear a mask.
  • Maintain social distance.
  • Use disinfectant for any surface you touch – especially door handles.
  • Follow CDC guidelines for preventative actions.
  • Notify us if anyone comes down with COVID-19 and had been in the buildings recently.

Consideration: The church and Emerson House are not being maintained regularly during the pandemic. If you use either building, please do the following in consideration of others with limited access:

  • If you bring anything in with you – ie. cup of coffee, bottle of water or soda – take it out with you when you leave.
  • If you use anything in the kitchen of either building – glasses, plates, utensils – wash & dry appropriately, return to their places.

Guidelines for Services

When it is safe to return to in-person services, we will follow these guidelines:

  • Masks required
  • Distanced seating and respectfully keeping distance when not sitting
  • No singing
  • Collection basket near the door instead of being passed around
  • Joys and sorrows written down and passed to facilitator before hand
  • No shared treats
  • Try to limit to one person in the bathroom at a time
  • Notify a board member if you test positive for Covid (your name will not be shared)

For everyone’s safety, you are asked to stay home if you:

  • Are experiencing symptoms such as a fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell. 
  • Have had exposure to someone with Covid-19 in the prior 14 days.
  • Have been in more than brief contact with multiple unrelated individuals indoors (such as when traveling, or other group gatherings) in the last 14 days.