Stay Healthy, Contain the Spread
On Saturday February 29th Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus within our state. Since this declaration the virus has continued to spread.
Recognizing this, I am encouraging folks at Cedars to take precautions to keep each other safe and help prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus.
As part of these preventative measures, we are asking people to observe the following recommendations provided by health experts.
- Wash hands regularly (for at least 20 seconds) with soap and water.
- Apply hand sanitizer when washing is not an option.
- Cough and sneeze into the crook of your arm.
- Stay home if you are feeling sick or otherwise unwell.
- Avoid handshakes, hugs, and other physical greetings/contact (including shoulder rubs at choir practice).
- Avoid touching your face.
In addition, after a conversation with Board President, Heidi Parkington-Thal, we have made the decision that for the time being, we will stop all food and beverage service at Cedars events. Also, we encourage people to meet virtually (either by phone/video conference) when possible. The Cedars Center will remain open for meetings that cannot take place virtually.
We will continue to work with the Board to monitor this situation and use information provided by government agencies to inform our decisions. We will use this information to put in place further precautions if necessary and will continue to communicate with all of you throughout.
Beyond this, the decision has been made to postpone the Installation Service and Reception that was scheduled for March 14th. Details for the new date will be provided once they are known. Also, conversations are still unfolding concerning plans for the upcoming Cedars All-Ages Retreat. Please continue to monitor your email for additional details about this and other Cedars activities and events.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. My hope is that by being proactive and implementing these procedures now, we can do our part to keep everyone safe and prevent further spread of COVID-19.
Taking these precautions is not about fear, but rather about fulfilling our belief that everyone matters. By doing our part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 we are ensuring that the worth and dignity of people who are susceptible to this virus are upheld. We are connected in the web of life, and what one of us does to help prevent the spread of this illness is to the benefit of all of us. So do your part to help keep yourself and each other safe.
In Solidarity, Rev. Zackrie Vinczen
Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church