• WORSHIP  A Zoom option is offered
  • NURSERY and PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH  All those working with kids need to be fully vaccinated and boosted.
  • SMALL CVUUS GROUPS  A Zoom option should be offered.

KN95 MASKS ARE AVAILABLE FOR CVUUS Groups. Outside groups should provide their own masks.

COVID RAPID TESTS: Testing is fundamental if you have symptoms or feel you’ve been exposed. We have extra COVID tests if they are needed which we keep in our sanctuary closet.

DONATE TESTS YOU DON’T NEED TO CVUUS: If you have tests you don’t need, PLEASE donate these tests to CVUUS!

VACCINATION STRONGLY ENCOURAGED:  CVUUS encourages all eligible congregants and friends to be fully vaccinated and boosted. Contact our Caring Network if you want a ride to and from or help scheduling your appointment or to be tested or help acquiring a home rapid test kit. It’s worth the effort to get the new more effective COVID booster. 

DISTANCING:  Distancing is still a healthy safety measure and should be observed where convenient.

VENTILATION: Our goal is to help keep our spaces airy and help mitigate possible air-borne COVID as much as we can. The first person arriving in a space should read and follow the posted Ventilation Guidelines. Each CVUUS space has ventilation guidelines posted for that particular space. The best ventilation for COVID avoidance uses multiple options at the same time.  The Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall have modern HEPA-13 HVAC ventilation systems. We also have 3 excellent HEPA-13 portable air purifiers.” (CVUUS COVID Policy updated 6.2.22)

Here’s the specific info for the SANCTUARY:

  1. Open as many windows as weather allows
  2. HVAC system turned on by pressing HVAC button in the Foyer, near stairs
  3. Ceiling fans turned on > LOW only and can’t use if windows aren’t open

   Optional:  add a fan in one window exhausting air out if available

   Optional if small group meeting:  portable air filter on near the group

What if it’s raining? Then don’t open the windows or just open ones that don’t let rain in.

REPORTING: If you test positive after being around others on our site, it is helpful to report this to the office and give us permission to use your name and let us know if you were masked and where you sat.

EXPOSURE TO SOMEONE WITH COVID: If you have been exposed to someone with COVID, you may still attend worship or an event at CVUUS but should follow CDC guidelines–wear mask if within 10 days of being a close contact and also test before coming.

STAFF: If exposed, follow CDC guidelines. Can still attend work and events, but stay masked for up to 10 days and test on the  3rd, 5th,  and 7th days after exposure.


Get a certified, well-fitted, high filtration mask such as N95, KN95 or KF94.  

Just a cloth (doesn’t filter well enough) or surgical (doesn’t fit well enough) mask is not protective enough against Omicron.  Order using the links below.  Double mask (cloth mask over a surgical mask) while you wait for them to arrive.

Powecom KN95 white mask, ear loops – pack of 10 is $9.80 with free shipping

Powecom KN95 black mask, ear loops – pack of 10 is $11.80 with free shipping

Harley N95 white mask, 2 head bands – pack of 20 is $45 with free shipping

KIDS Powecom KN95 white mask, ear loops – pack of 10 is $12.50 with free shipping

CVUUS Safety Team

Alan Moore, Will Porter, Mike Greenwood, Poppy Rees, Laura Asermily. It oversees our COVID policies and procedures.

It created the Emergency Procedures posted throughout our buildings, assigned a Safety Volunteer to monitor our doors during worship, and more. When the COVID crisis escalated in March 2020, CVUUS consulted the expertise of Paul Seward (a doctor, in addition to Will Porter) and Richard Hopkins (experienced in epidemiology). It agreed to follow the protocols of Gov. Scott and CDC. The Board formed a COVID 19 Advisory Team in April 2020 specifically to focus on legal aspects and best practices during a state of constant change. We closed the buildings to public use, urged CVUUS teams to meet online, and established a CVUUS Zoom account (see above for how to arrange an online meeting). CVUUS is committed to keeping you safe and apprised of our policies.


If you feel sick or face bad weather conditions, you can opt to attend worship and meetings on Zoom. You can watch recordings of services posted at  Ask Laura (388-8080 or how you can request a cvuus zoom or hybrid meeting.

To “claim host” once you are in: Click on your name in “participants” and scroll down below the list of names  and click “claim host” and where it asks for the “host key”, put in the 6 numbers that Laura will give you and you can find in our newsletter. You can also do this from “chat.”  In the bottom right corner of Chat, there are 3 dots. Click them. Click claim.

To allow everyone to share their screen: Click on “Security” in your bottom toolbar. Click on “share screens” and you should be all set.

Snow/Severe Weather Cancellation Policy

It is impossible to predict all of the winter weather conditions that might warrant the closing of CVUUS. This is especially true for services on Sunday morning when no one would want us to be closed. In an effort to provide an approach that might enable members and friends to anticipate what to expect, the following guidelines are being offered:

1) In the event of a major snow or ice storm on a Saturday night/Sunday morning, check the office voicemail (802-388-8080) and our website

2) Don’t take any unnecessary chances. If you feel that there is significant reason to question your safety while traveling on the streets, stay home.

3) If an ice storm is in progress, stay home.

Thanks for remembering to use our mats and shoe trays to protect our beautiful sanctuary floor from mud, grit, and sticky ice melt and for checking to be sure doors are closed tightly behind you.

A COVID Love Letter (January 2021)

When we met on Jan 5, no one expected we’d end up with good news to share. Two years into the pandemic, the Covid virus is spreading faster than ever in Vermont and even here in Addison County, which has long been a pacesetter in terms of safety. The team was well aware we haven’t felt it safe to meet in the Sanctuary since Christmas Eve, even with masks and limited attendance. Projections are that Covid will get worse here before it gets better.

But then we started talking about what we have to be grateful for. Our much improved capacity for meeting online. High vaccination and booster rates in the congregation and the spread of such protections against the worst risks across all generations. Our vastly improved knowledge of how to cope with the virus, including effective masking.

Each time we’ve been knocked back, we’ve learned more about bouncing back. And CVUUS has invested in devices like portable air filters that will help us. However long the double whammy of Omicron and Delta keeps us apart, we are optimistic with good reason that we will resume being together sooner and more safely once the tide turns than was the case with earlier surges.

That got us thinking positively about new ways CVUUS can help us through this rough patch and toward the brighter future. Such as stepping up support for congregants who need the types of masks shown to work best, and sharing practical advice on how they can be reused.

I told the team that sometimes I’ve rushed downtown, or even walked there, without remembering to bring any mask. Rather than take chances with my safety and that of those I encounter, I’ve swung by CVUUS and picked up one of the surgical masks we keep at the door to the Sanctuary.

That led the team to discuss ways to let all of you do what I’ve done. We’ve ordered some good quality KN95 masks that we will keep in the black mailbox at the entrance to Fenn House. They should be in place by next Monday. Grab one if you need it. We will continue to stock surgical masks as well — there are some situations where it’s wise to double up on what you wear.

When is that, you ask? Take a look at the links below on best practices for masking. And watch our Weekly Blasts and newsletters for updates to these links.

We also decided to order some home test kits because they can be hard to find, and we worry that some of you might feel they are too costly to use even if you need one. Our preliminary order as an experiment is for 10 of them that the Caring Network will be able to deliver at no cost to you (if you want to help offset the cost, you can send a contribution to the office at your convenience). These kits won’t arrive for another two weeks so watch for an announcement when they do. But you can contact Michele Lowy ( or Kathryn Schloff ( if you know you will need one or more, and especially if you would like to temporarily join the Caring Network team to help administer this Covid program.

Bottom line: the name Safety Team can sometimes imply that we are concerned with addressing fears. But we were reminded that we are really here for you, like the Caring Network, to serve the Spirit of Life-Giving Love.