Health Protocols for Shabbat Worship Reopening
Congregants must pre-register if they wish to attend Friday night Shabbat services. Emails will be sent each Wednesday afternoon to confirm registration. Only those whose registration has been confirmed and who meet the health requirements will be able to attend.
A health screening questionnaire will be sent electronically in the weekly confirmation email. Attendees should complete the form prior to arrival at the temple, although hard copy forms will be available upon entry for those who need it.
The form will include the following questions and participants must honestly answer “No” to each question to be eligible for entry (responses will be kept strictly confidential):
- Have you, or anyone in your household, knowingly been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
- Have you, or anyone in your household, tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days or are you waiting for test results?
- Have you, or anyone in your household, experienced any symptoms of COVID-19? (List of symptoms.)
- Have you traveled internationally in the last 14 days?
The form will also remind people: if you do not feel well on the day of the service, we ask that you not attend. Please inform the temple staff of your decision to remain at home so that your space can be filled by another congregant.
While at the temple
- Doors will open at 6:15 and attendees will be invited to check in. Confirmation emails and health screening forms will be reviewed. Purell will be offered.
- Masks must be worn at all times while in the temple (double masking is recommended). If you arrive at the synagogue without a mask, a mask will be provided to you. If someone in your party is unable to wear a mask for any reason, please join us virtually. If you are in the sanctuary and need to remove your mask, we will ask you to step out of the sanctuary until you can replace it.
- Specific seats will be assigned to each household. Those in the same household will be seated together, 12 feet apart from other households in attendance.
- Bathrooms will be available for use. Signs will be placed on every other stall door to help maintain social distancing.
- At the end of services, clergy will thank everyone for attending and remind people to maintain social distancing as they leave, encouraging people to leave the lobby/socialize outside.
These requirements must be agreed to and adhered to regardless of vaccination status.
- In addition to the twenty temple members who may be in attendance, there will also be a limited number of clergy and staff (up to 30 people) at the temple and/or in the sanctuary at any time.
- The entire sanctuary (including bimah, pews, common spaces and bathrooms) will be fully cleaned and sprayed between 4:30-5:30pm Friday afternoon and again after services.