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 (February 1, 2023)


We value the worth and dignity of all, and we treasure each of our members and friends and want everyone to remain as healthy as possible. While the building remains open for in-person services, we continue to offer a Zoom option for anyone who prefers to attend service from the comfort and safety of their home.

For those who attend our services in person, we have the following protocols in place:

  • Masking strongly encouraged when indoors.
  • We will ventilate the area as thoroughly as possible. If the day is cool, we will still keep the doors open. Please dress accordingly.
  • Coffee hour will be held outdoors. Please bring your own cup so we use as few disposable cups as possible.  
  • You will be asked to sign in, not only for contact tracing but for a record of attendance for the sake of understanding congregational needs.
  • Quiet singing is permitted for those wearing a mask. One soloist is allowed.
  • Thanks to a generous grant from Dutchess County, we have test kits and masks available. If you aren't feeling well or think you have been exposed to Covid, please take a quick test (results within 15 minutes). If you forgot your mask, please help yourself to one.
  • For events where indoor food is served, please make sure you test negative within 24 hours of the event.

Small groups are permitted to enter the building for social activities or committee meetings. You must:
  • Schedule your meeting with our office administrator using this form;
  • Appoint a person to be in charge;
  • Use the sign-in sheet at the door;
  • Masking and social distancing are encouraged;
  • All present should be vaccinated.
  • Any group conducting Fellowship business (e.g., committees) must offer a Zoom option for those who prefer to stay at home.

UPDATE (2/1/23)

Dutchess County has returned to yellow, or medium risk. Thus, masking, while still strongly recommended, is not required. And we have returned to having a hospitality hour following the service.

"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”)