FAQ — Attending Services in Person
Watch this 2.5 minute video on what to expect when attending services in person. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the COVID Committee.
Where will services be held?
Services will be held in the Sanctuary/Social Hall.
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.
What time will services be?
Shabbat services will start at 10:30am and only include the Torah service, to limit duration of exposure. We invite participants to daven Shacharit and Musaf at home before and after. We hope to build up to a fuller service in the coming weeks.
How will I sign up to attend services?
We will be limiting attendance to 50 people, and advance registration is required (which will help with contact tracing, should it be needed). Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. To give everyone in our community (who would like and is able to) a chance to attend, please only sign up for one service in a month. If there are still spaces available by the Thursday morning before Shabbat, you may sign up for services that week, even if you’ve already attended that month. Register through our website calendar.
Are children welcome at services?
Yes! Children are welcome, but they count towards our number of participants, 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.
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.
Can I borrow a siddur, tallit, or kippah?
Attendees will be asked to bring their own siddurim, tallitot and kippot. If you would like a loaner tallit, please contact the CBS office at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements. At services, prayerbooks will be available for those who do not bring their own. Volunteers/staff will use gloves when handling any item which may be borrowed by congregants. After services, any used items will be placed in a “used” container and not touched for at least one week.
Do I need to wear a mask?
Attendees 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.
Will there be any oversight?
As per Governor Inslee’s orders, a COVID-19 supervisor will be appointed prior to each service to ensure the health of employees and to ensure that the COVID-19 safety plan is followed.
Will there be bathroom access?
The bathrooms will be open, but no more than 2 people may be in a bathroom at a time. High touch surfaces (doorknobs) will be disinfected before and after services and hourly for longer services.
What should I expect during services?
Masks covering the nose and mouth will be required at all times by participants. Participants will maintain physical distance (6 feet) from each other (with the exception of those who live in the same household) at all times. Only the service leader/Torah reader/Haftarah reader will be permitted to sing; participants are encouraged to recite, read, mumble, meditate, whisper, listen, and hum.
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.