from the COVID Task Force

The Covid Task Force met on January 7 to review the BUF policies considering the current wave of the Omicron variant.

As per current recommendations from the CDC and other agencies the task force recommends that BUF participants and visitors rethink their masking choices. If you are using a single ply cloth mask, please consider upgrading your protection to the best possible mask available (KN95 or N95 is very good protection, 3-ply surgical masks are effective) if fitted tightly over your nose and over your chin). Also, please keep in mind the fit of the mask and how well it covers the bridge of the nose and mouth, including the tip of your chin).

We require vaccinations, social distancing, and masks for all who attend in-person services. The sanctuary is set up with chairs and pews for individuals and groups to select as they see fit. We have space for up to 100 in the sanctuary. Overflow seating is available in the social hall — where the service are livestreamed on a large screen. Children under the age of 5 who are unvaccinated may attend services in the Nursery with a parent; the greeter at the front door will assist with this seating.

In keeping with State guidelines, whenever you are in the BUF building, you will need to wear a mask.

Groups of fifteen people or less may gather inside the building. Please contact our Administrator, Kathy Wahto, to make arrangements: 360-733-3837 (

There are no restrictions on outdoor gatherings. For BUF activities in private homes, the host will determine the requirements.

Sunday services are now hybrid, that is, both in-person and on Zoom.

For those attending in-person, vaccination, masking, and social distancing are required.

Beginning Christmas Eve, the vaccination requirement will be lifted only for those age five and under. Parents with children five and under should enter and exit the sanctuary through the I-Street doors. BUF will not provide childcare staff.

The same requirements are in place for Taize services.Please contact with questions or feedback.

The COVID Task Force consists of Rev. Paul Beckel, Murray Bennett, Henry Ohana, Patricia Conover, Deb Cruz, Kathy Wahto, and Ken Gass.