Staying Safe

During the Covid-19 shutdown, you may find content in this section to help you keep yourself and your family safe.

UUFP Building Use (Updated August 3, 2021)


The Task Force on Use of the Building During COVID met on August  3. We decided to post an update in The Blast each week, as things are changing at a dizzying pace. It was disappointing when Dutchess County went from green to orange in a matter of a few weeks, so restrictions that had been lifted had to be reimposed. But we must be flexible in these trying times!


The colors I referred to come from the website Green is the safest; then yellow; orange; red; and dark red. We have set up guidelines that we use depending on the color in both Dutchess and Ulster counties, as we have members who live and/or work in Ulster. Now that both counties are in orange, we are not allowing indoor activities. Outdoor activities are permitted with some restrictions (no singing or eating; you must sign in; limit 20 people and they should mask and distance themselves). Note that this applies to both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated, as we are learning to our sorrow that even if vaccinated, people can contract the virus and spread it. Granted, the odds are lower, but they are odds we aren't willing to take. 


The Task Force is open to questions, thoughts, ideas and suggestions. You can contact any of us: me, Pat Lamanna at; Jill Barasch (; Paula Greenspan (; Roseanne Ashby (; and Fran Sunderland (

"Wash Your Hands" Song

Our former minister, Viola Abbitt's  lyrics from a March 2020 UUFP Sunday Service.
Sung to tune of UU hymn “Come, come, whoever you are”.

“Scrub, scrub, scrub both of your hands
Fronts of them, backs, of them,
Between the fingers.
Please don’t forget to wash both of your thumbs.
And, under your nails.”

(Alternate last line is “Scrub, yet again, scrub”)


Making Face Masks

They are now saying that wearing face masks is a good thing. So here are three that I found to be good and fun. I suggest you watch all three, choosing the one that uses the materials you have available.

For those of you who can’t make one, don’t have the supplies, or whatever, I can make one or more for you and mail it to you.  I would love to hear back from you, and “see” what you have made.  Happy sewing

-Contributed by Reed Asher

  • For BEGINNERS! ❤ How To Make A Fabric Face Mask At Home Easy

    This one for beginners is really fun to watch, and quick, and uses elastic like the first one.


    This one has the coolest idea for no-sew stretchy ties. And I really like the demonstrator.

  • How to SEW a Medical Face Mask//Tutorial

    This one has really great directions, and uses elastic for going around your ears. You need a machine.