Temple Beth El Covid-19 Protocols and Procedures

Temple Beth El Covid-19 Policy
Protocols and Procedures
April 20, 2021

Take these steps to reduce your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19:

  • Correctly and consistently wear a mask that completely covers your nose and mouth

  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do not live with you

  • Avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces when possible

  • Stay home when you are sick

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol)

  • Get vaccinated when the vaccine is available to you

  • Get tested if you have signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or if you think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19

Do NOT be around others if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, if you are sick, or if you have tested positive for COVID-19.

Promote healthy hygiene practices:

  • Congregants to maintain good hand hygiene, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Ensure you have accessible sinks and enough supplies for people to clean their hands and cover their coughs and sneezes. Supplies include soap, water, a way to dry hands (e.g., paper towels, hand dryer), tissues, hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol, and no-touch/foot pedal trash cans (preferably covered).

  • Congregants to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of their elbow. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed.

  • Whenever soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can be used.

  • Post Signs

    • How to Stop the Spread of Germs"

    • How to Protect yourself"

    •  "How to Wash Hands"

Intensify cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation:

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least daily and shared objects in between use.Develop a schedule of increased, routine cleaning and disinfection.

  • Avoid use of items that are not easily cleaned, sanitized, or disinfected.

  • Ensure safe and correct application of disinfectants and keep them away from children.

  • Cleaning products should not be used near children, and staff should ensure that there is adequate ventilation when using these products to prevent children or themselves from inhaling toxic fumes.

  • Ensure that ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors, using fans, etc.

  • If the Temple will be offering multiple services, consider scheduling services far enough apart to allow time for cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces between services.

Promote social distancing:

  • Take steps to limit the size of gatherings in accordance with the guidance and directives of state and local authorities and subject to the protections of the First Amendment and any other applicable federal law. Currently, in Orange Tier - Places of Worship are permitted to be at 50% capacity.  

  • Promote social distancing at services and other gatherings, ensuring that staff, choir, volunteers and attendees at the services follow social distancing, as circumstances and faith traditions allow, to lessen their risk.

  • Consider holding services and gatherings in a large, well-ventilated area or outdoors, as circumstances and faith traditions allow.

  • Consider appropriate mitigation measures, including taking steps to limit the size of gatherings maintaining social distancing, at other gatherings such as funerals, weddings, religious education classes, youth events, support groups and any other programming, where consistent with the faith tradition.

  • Provide signs on walls, to ensure that staff and children remain at least 6 feet

Take steps to minimize community sharing of worship materials and other items:

  • Consistent with the community's faith tradition, consider temporarily limiting the sharing of frequently touched objects, such as worship aids, prayer rugs, prayer books, hymnals, religious texts and other bulletins, books, or other items passed or shared among congregants, and encouraging congregants to bring their own such items, if possible, or photocopying or projecting prayers, songs, and texts using electronic means.

  • Limit physical contact (shaking hands, hugging, kissing) among congregants.

  • If food is offered at any event, consider pre-packaged options, and avoid buffet or family-style meals if possible.

Study with B'Nai Mitzvah Students:

  • Both student and teacher should be masked and seated at least 6 feet apart.