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Updated Covid-19 safety protocol for in-person activities

Dear Temple Shalom Family,

We are very excited to welcome the New Year and join with you in spiritually uplifting and meaningful ways during the High Holy Days. To provide for in-person worship and programming while reducing concern about the spread of the virus, we are sharing an update on some Temple policies for in-person activities.

Do we need to wear masks outdoors during in-person events at Temple?

Yes, masks are required outdoors for everyone ages 2+ when Montgomery County has a high rate of transmission, such as now. Service leaders may remove masks when they are actively leading services.

What are the protocols for someone who was exposed to Covid-19 prior to HHDs?

If an unvaccinated individual is a close contact (within 6 feet of someone, indoors or outdoors, for a cumulative 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period, regardless of mask-wearing) to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, they can return to the Temple:

·     -10 days after their last exposure AND if symptom-free without testing

·     -OR 7 days after their last exposure to this individual if they have had a negative PCR test administered on or after day 5 of their last exposure AND if symptom-free.

In either case, they must wear a mask for 14 days post-exposure while at Temple Shalom, including outdoors.

If a fully vaccinated individual is a close contact (within 6 feet of someone, indoors or outdoors, for a cumulative 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period, regardless of mask-wearing) to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, they can return to the Temple after receiving a negative PCR test administered on or after Day 5 of their exposure AND if symptom-free. They must wear a mask for 14 days post-exposure while at Temple, including outdoors.

What types of masks do we need to wear?

Indoors: When Montgomery County has a substantial or high rate of transmission, such as now, KN-95 masks will be required for everyone ages 12+. Those ages 2+ must wear a mask that completely covers their nose and mouth and fits snugly against the sides of their face without gaps. Bandanas, gaiters, and masks with exhale valves are not permitted. 

Outdoors: When Montgomery County has a high rate of transmission, such as now, masks will be required for everyone ages 2+. Your mask must completely cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of your face without gaps. Bandanas, gaiters, and masks with exhale valves are not permitted.

The Temple will have masks available for individuals who arrive without one.

We look forward to coming together and praying with you during the High Holy Days, and wish you a year filled with Torah, peace, health, and learning.

 

Rabbi Rachel Ackerman

Jeff Steger, President

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