Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek COVID Guidelines

Effective 10/15/20

It is the policy of CBSRZ to follow guidelines at least as strict as those currently proposed by the CBSRZ COVID-19 Medical Advisory Council, established to address the COVID-19 pandemic, as described below. At any time, the Rabbi or, in the absence of the Rabbi, the person designated by the Rabbi to act as religious leader in connection with any particular service or event, may restrict the use of the building/grounds and/or require protective actions by individuals even greater than as prescribed in these guidelines.

The CBSRZ COVID-19 Medical Advisory Council continues to update recommendations for CBSRZ based on national, state, and local guidance. We felt with the prevalence of new COVID-19 cases in Middlesex County remaining very low and Governor Lamont’s institution of Phase 3 Reopening, we too can safely but carefully recommend re-opening CBSRZ to our congregants for religious services and activities with the following guidelines and restrictions. These guidelines are fluid and will be changed as the situation changes.

Brad Jubelirer, MD
Rubin Hirsch, MD
Michael Saxe, MD

 

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  1. CBSRZ Staff (and Others Using Building) including for meetings/services discussed below)
    1. Employees must stay home if they feel ill in any way (including but not limited to cough, congestion, tight chest, fever, diarrhea, muscle aches, or loss of smell or taste) not resulting solely from a known condition other than COVID-19. They must also stay home if they have had direct contact with someone with confirmed COVID in the last 2 weeks. Any employee traveling back from an identified hot spot or state should quarantine for 14 days before returning back to CBSRZ
    2. Employees must monitor their temperatures before coming to work and stay home if their temperature is above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
    3. Employees must wear a mask into the building and use hand sanitizer before entering their workspace.
    4. Anyone entering the building during business hours must sign into the log for purpose of contact tracing and verify that they have no symptoms of fever, cough, congestion, feelings of weakness or muscle aches, tight chest, abdominal pain, or loss of smell or taste. They should attest that they have had no known contact with any persons infected with COVID-19 to their knowledge and that they have not been traveling in an identified hot spot region or state in the past 14 days. (See Appendix A below)
    5. Frequent handwashing is recommended.
    6. Masks must be worn at all times except when alone in your own office. However, we encourage staff to wear masks at all times, even if alone in his/her office, because of the chance of airborne spread through ventilation.
    7. Any equipment that is used by more than one person must be wiped down with a disinfectant wipe after use.
    8. Employees should stay 6 feet apart from each other.
    9. Anyone using the bathroom must wash hands as soon as possible upon entering the bathroom and as late as possible before leaving the bathroom.
    10. Custodial staff will disinfect the offices and public spaces regularly.
  2. All persons in the building, including for Meetings/Group Activities (including services)
    1. The Temple Administrator should be notified in advance of any group activities or committee meetings on the CBSRZ premises.
    2. l persons entering the building (including to attend services) must sign into the log and document that they have no symptoms of fever, cough, congestion, feelings of weakness or muscle aches, tight chest, abdominal pain, or loss of smell or taste. They should attest that they have had no known contact with any persons infected with COVID-19 to their knowledge and that they have not been traveling in an identified hot spot region or state in the past 14 days, as well as agree to notify CBSRZ if they test positive for COVID-19 for a period thereafter. (See Appendix A below)
    3. Everyone must wear masks at all times except as specifically permitted in these guidelines.
    4. Food and drink will not be provided for others, except for pre-packaged Individual servings. Masks may be removed only to the minimal extent necessary for eating and drinking (but should be worn when talking).
    5. Participants must maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet (with the exception of household members), including when eating.
    6. Anyone who identifies him/herself as high risk or who has the symptoms described above should not attend.
    7. Anyone who is not feeling well or has been in direct contact with someone with confirmed COVID in the last 2 weeks should not attend.
    8. Due to concerns regarding proper ventilation of smaller rooms, we do not feel the conference room or library rooms would be an appropriate meeting place for committees or other group gatherings. We recommend the use of the social hall area for such gatherings. Ventilation should be increased to the extent possible for all group activities (including services) by opening doors and windows to allow air circulation.
    9. Anyone using the bathroom must wash hands as soon as possible upon entering the bathroom and as late as possible before leaving the bathroom.
  3. At this time we believe indoor religious services can safely resume with the following restrictions:
    1. The sanctuary, currently with the walls down and open to the social hall, can be used for religious services to accommodate up to 40 people.
    2. Anyone who identifies him/her self as high risk should not attend.
    3. Anyone who is not feeling well or has been in direct contact with someone with confirmed COVID in the last 2 weeks should not attend.
    4. Participants must maintain a social distance of at least six feet between household groups or individuals.
    5. Chairs will be placed at least 10 feet apart from one another with the exception of household members and will be placed at least 18 feet apart from the clergy and the Bima.
    6. Since all major entryways in our building have multiple doors, each entry way should have a specific enter and exit door properly labeled with “ENTER” and “EXIT.” This procedure will be served well to get congregants and staff accustomed to the habit of using such doors properly in order to prevent any close doorway person-to-person encounters, especially in the future when more people are utilizing the building.
    7. If congregants will be calling in advance of services to inform administrative staff of their attendance at services, we recommend that staff verify with congregants at that time that they have no symptoms of fever, cough, congestion, feelings of weakness or muscle aches, tight chest, abdominal pain, or loss of smell or taste. They should attest that they have had no known contact with any persons infected with COVID-19 to their knowledge and that they have not been traveling in an identified hot spot region or state in the past 14 days.
    8. Everyone at the service must wear masks at all times, including on the bima, except that a B. Mitzvah who has tested negative on a COVID-19 test performed within 72 hours of the start of the B. Mitzvah may remove his/her mask solely while (s)he is reading the Torah (including an Aliya), Haftorah or d’var Torah. If the services are for a B. Mitzvah, following the service when all others have left the sanctuary, the family may take photos, and the person(s) whose photo is being taken may unmask for the photo only.
  4. Outdoor Services and Gatherings. When the weather is favorable, outdoor services and gatherings would be preferable to having the event indoors.
    1. We recommend that people who consider themselves high risk not attend in person.
    2. Anyone who is not feeling well or has been in direct contact with someone with confirmed COVID in the last 2 weeks should not attend.
    3. At this time all outdoor activities limited to 60 people on the south lawn (adjacent to the social hall) and 20 people in the meditation garden.
    4. Everyone must wear masks.
    5. Participants must maintain social distance of at least six feet between household groups or individuals.
    6. Chairs will be placed at least 10 feet apart from one another with the exception of household members and will be placed at least 15 feet apart from the clergy.
    7. No food or drink provided by the congregation nor should be shared between household units.
  5. Kivuun (Religious School) Activities
    1. When the weather is favorable, our outdoor space should be used to conduct as much religious school activity as possible.
    2. When indoors, the social hall area should be used as much as possible for group instruction and activities. The smaller classrooms can be used for individual instruction with a maximum of 4 persons per room.
    3. The larger community classroom can be used for gatherings limited to 8 persons.
    4. Everyone must wear masks.
    5. Food and drink will not be provided.
    6. Seating should be spaced by at least 10 feet apart and social distancing maintained by 6 feet apart.
    7. Anyone who is not feeling well in any way or has been in direct contact with someone with confirmed COVID in the last 2 weeks should not attend.
    8. We feel any teacher who considers themselves at high risk should not feel obligated in any way to participate in on-site teaching activities, but should restrict their instruction to online virtual learning.

 

 

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