FAQ — Attending Services in Person

FAQ — Attending Services in Person

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the COVID Committee.

Where will I enter?

Entrance will be from the main doors off of 35th Ave NE . Congregants will be screened by a staff/volunteer for symptoms of COVID-19 (see above) and will not be allowed entry if they have any symptoms.  Hand gel will be available and its use encouraged upon entry.  Masks will be available at entry for those who do not have them.

How will I sign up to attend services?

Advance registration is required by 9am the day before services. You are welcome to sign up for as many services as you would like. Register through our website calendar.

Do I need to wear a mask?

All attendees (vaccinated and unvaccinated) are required to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth for the duration of the service.  Masks will be available for those who do not have them.  People who are unable to wear a mask due to health reasons as defined by the Public Health Department are exempt. Service leaders/Torah readers/haftarah readers may unmask if they are vaccinated starting in July 2021.

Will there be singing?

Starting in July 2021, participants are invited to sing during services. Masks covering the nose and mouth will be required at all times by participants.

Where will I sit?

Seating will be available both in rows (in the sanctuary) and socially distanced in pods (in the social hall). You can choose to sit wherever you are comfortable.

Are children welcome at services?

Yes!  Children are welcome, but we need to know the names of everyone in attendance, so they do need to be registered.  The downstairs area will be closed for now (with the exception of the gender neutral bathroom) and there is no babysitting or children’s programming, but kids are always welcome in the sanctuary.  We ask that you supervise any children in your care closely and help them follow our new safety protocols (including wearing a mask if they are over age 2 and maintaining physical distance from people outside their household).  We will have bags of quiet, sanctuary-appropriate activities for children to use during services, and we ask that they be returned to the “used items” bin in the lobby to be quarantined for use the following week.

Can I borrow a siddur, tallit, or kippah?

Yes, now that we know that COVID is rarely spread through objects, you are welcome to borrow a siddur, tallit, or kippah for services. If you would be more comfortable, you are also welcome to bring those items yourself.

Will there be Kiddush lunch?

In July 2021 we will introduce an outdoor Kiddush snack, followed by full Kiddush lunch starting in August 2021 with tables set up both indoors and outdoors.

What if I have symptoms?

Anyone displaying possible symptoms of COVID-19 within 10 days of services including: cough; shortness of breath; fever; chills; muscle pain; sore throat; or new loss of taste or smell may not attend.  If you have had these symptoms but tested negative for COVID-19 you may return to Beth Shalom after 24 hours.

What if I develop symptoms after attending services?

Congregants will be asked to contact the shul if they experience any possible symptoms of COVID 19 within 1 week of services.   They will be encouraged to be tested as soon as possible.

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