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COVID Protocols (updated June 30)

Community Guidelines 

We have created guidelines to clarify when different in-person activities are supported. The categories in the table below are based on the CDC’s Covid-19 Community Transmission map, which characterizes the level of community spread. You can find the current CDC transmission level by searching for Westchester County by visiting CDC.gov and clicking COVID-19 County Check. The level is updated weekly on Thursdays by 8 p.m.

Overview

 

High

Medium

Low

Services

Masks required

Masks required

Masks optional

Indoor eating

Not allowed

Yes, if group is 30 or fewer; no indoor onegs

Yes

Indoor gatherings other than services

Masks required

Masks required if is 30 or more people; for smaller groups, masking rules at discretion of group leader

Masks optional

Vaccination required for services

Yes. Proof required only from those coming to the bimah

Yes. Proof required only from those coming to the bimah

Yes. Proof required only from those coming to the bimah

Private parties involving rental of the facility

Masks required when not eating or drinking

Masks optional

Masks optional

 

Masks 

We continue to require masks for religious services whenever we are at Medium or High. The combination of crowding and singing necessitates a higher degree of caution than other settings. Those who are speaking at the bimah can remove their masks while they are speaking if they choose to. Proof of vaccination is required for anyone coming to the bimah during services.
When masks are required, cloth masks are discouraged. Surgical masks and KN95 masks are currently available at the synagogue for those who seek to upgrade their mask when they arrive. We encourage you to do so.

Food 

Indoor eating depends on the rate of community spread:

● High: No indoor eating
● Medium: Food may only be served indoors if the group size is 30 or fewer. Food should not be served if a group is
    larger than 30.
● Low: Food may be served indoors

Food can be served outdoors regardless of the level of spread.  See Facilities rentals section below for exceptions.

Vaccination

We require COVID vaccination for all eligible people attending indoor services, meetings, and programs in person at Woodlands. COVID vaccination is already required for all temple employees, unless they have a legally protected exemption. COVID vaccination is not required for Kesher (religious school) students at this time. However, we strongly encourage all families to vaccinate their eligible children. We have been collecting COVID vaccination data from our Kesher enrollees and know that
the vast majority of students are vaccinated. Kesher teachers and teen aides are all fully vaccinated, per temple employment policies. It is not necessary to provide proof of vaccination when attending Woodlands services, meetings, and programs in person. Proof of vaccination is required for anyone called to the bimah during services. Please send proof of vaccination to covid@wct.org. Proof can be in the form of a photo of a vaccination card or screen shot of an Excelsior Pass.

B/Mitzvah Services 

For in-person services (both outdoors and in the sanctuary), we are requiring all who are called up to the Bimah to provide proof of full vaccination before the service. Siblings who are too young to be vaccinated are exempt from this policy. Vaccination
proof should be sent to covid@wct.org, where it will be logged and then deleted. Proof can be in the form of a photo of a vaccination card or screen shot of an Excelsior Pass. Proofs should be sent no later than one week before your ceremony. 
If the B’nai Mitzvah student or immediate family members who are eligible are not vaccinated, the service will be held on Zoom.

Funerals 

Funerals inside the sanctuary are subject to the same masking rules as other services.

Small group gatherings and committee meetings 

Decisions about whether to hold meetings in-person, on Zoom, or in a hybrid format are left to the discretion of each group and its leaders. At medium, if the group is 30 or fewer, masking rules are up to the group leader.

Singing  

All participants in the Woodlands Singers are required to provide proof of vaccination. Singing masks have been provided.

Facilities rentals 

Facilities rentals are allowed at all levels. At high, we ask that party attendees be required to mask when not eating or drinking. Hosts are free to set more restrictive rules if they wish. Either party is able to cancel the rental due to changing conditions with no
penalty.  Outside vendors are required to provide proof that workers coming into the building are vaccinated.

Religious school 

Masks are optional at Low transmission and required at Medium or High transmission. The religious school has made every effort to maximize classroom ventilation. HEPA filters have been added to the classrooms. Windows are open when possible. Window
guards have been installed.

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