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Temple Shalom Covid-19 Health and Safety Policies Updated February 1, 2022

Temple Shalom Covid-19 Health and Safety Policies Updated February 1, 2022

Note:  See Early Learning Center for ELC-specific policies.  

Close Contacts, Exposures, and Testing Positive for Covid-19

When may I return to the Temple if I tested positive for Covid-19?

  • Follow the Montgomery County Guidelines: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/quarantine.html
  • If, following the Montgomery County guidelines, you return prior to the 10 day period, you are required to confirm by Covid-19 antigen testing that you are no longer contagious with Covid-19.

What is exposure to Covid-19 and when can I return to Temple following an exposure?

  • Exposure is defined by the CDC as: Those who have been a close contact of someone who tested positive for Covid-19 (within 6 feet of someone who tested positive for Covid-19, indoors or outdoors, for a cumulative 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, regardless of mask-wearing).
  • If you have been exposed, follow the Montgomery County Guidelines: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/quarantine.html

I am not feeling great – it is probably just a cold.  Can I come to the Temple?

  • Stay home from the Temple if you experience Covid-19 symptoms within 24 hours prior to a program unless you have a negative PCR or rapid antigen test taken while symptomatic.  Do not come to Temple events if you have been instructed by a doctor to stay home because of contagion and do not return to the Temple until you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.

Vaccination Requirements

Is vaccination required to attend events at Temple?

  • Yes.  Covid-19 vaccines and boosters are required for participation at events and programs at Temple for anyone who is eligible for such shots.

What if I cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons?

  • If you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, you must contact Susan Zemsky (ten.molahselpmet@yksmezs) and you must be able to provide a medical exemption note from a recognized doctor.

Is proof of vaccination required at Temple?

  • At this time we do not require proof of vaccination for synagogue programs with exception to non-members attending b’not/b’nai/simchat mitzvah services. A link will be provided to b’not/b’nai/simchat mitzvah families for their non-member guests to provide proof of vaccination status.  We trust that in filling out our registration forms individuals are truthfully acknowledging their vaccination status.

Indoor and Outdoor Programs

Can meetings and programs be held indoors at Temple?

  • Yes, meetings and programs can be held indoors.  Please check with those attending your meeting to make sure that you can accommodate the needs of most of those you are meeting with. This may mean having hybrid/multi-access opportunities with both in-person and Zoom options. To schedule a program indoors, please contact Susan Zemsky (ten.molahselpmet@yksmezs).

What about Shabbat Morning Worship and Torah Study?

  • Shabbat Morning Worship and Torah Study may take place indoors with a Zoom option, outdoors with a Zoom option, or over Zoom entirely, as determined by each individual leader for that service.  It will be noted in the weekly email.

Masking Protocols

Is masking required at Temple events indoors?

  • Currently, we are requiring that individuals (ages 5+) wear a high quality mask while in the building such as an N95, KN95, KF-94, or their equivalent.  Children ages 2-4 must wear well-fitting surgical masks or other masks that are at least 3-ply (and are encouraged to double-mask if able). Cloth, surgical masks, and masks with an exhale valve will not be permitted.

Is masking required at Temple events that are outdoors?

  • Masking outdoors is optional, with the exception of those who need to mask for 10 days via CDC and Montgomery County guidelines following an exposure or isolation period.

Food and Drink

Are food and drink permitted at Temple events that are outdoors?

  • Yes.  If you have tested positive or been a close contact in the past 10 days, you should distance yourself by at least 6 feet when eating or drinking.

Are food and drink permitted at Temple events that are indoors?

  • At this time, food and drink are not permitted at Temple programs that are held indoors. Food and drink may be consumed outdoors.
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