COVID policy Update 2/9/2022
As promised, the Return to Worship Group met again Tuesday night, 2/8, to re-evaluate the COVID rates and medical data for the Capital Region as well as to discuss our next steps related to our COVID protocols. The current data for the Capital Region looks very promising and rates have dropped significantly down to pre-Omicron levels. We were pleased to learn through our discussion that vaccine rates in our area are just as promising:
With this promising data coupled with the fact that we are only 3 weeks out from the surge, the committee decided to be very cautious and are therefore keeping the protocols in place through the remainder of the month of February.
As of March 5, the first Shabbos in March, the vaccination requirements will be lifted and we will return to in-person kiddush, family style. Byachad and Mifgash will also be following this same time table for snacks/food related to their programs. We understand that the decrease in rates across the Capital Region, State, and Country are really great news in relation to Omicron, but we are acutely aware that we are still in a Pandemic. We have always been cautious and deliberate with our COVID protocols and that has not changed. We appreciate your understanding and patience with us. Once the weather gets better and warmer outside, we will put our tents and heaters to good use in order to do as much outside as possible as we did last summer and in the fall.
Return to Worship Group
Jan 18, 2022 Follow-Up and slight change to COVID policy
Due to the Omicron surge, out of an abundance of caution, and after consultation with our medical experts, it has been decided that temporarily, for the next 2 Shabbatot, only vaccinated individuals will be permitted to attend services. This also pertains to children of all ages. We know that this may put a short-term hardship on some of our young families, but we want to reduce the risk of infection at this critical time. We will be checking for proof of vaccination either in advance or at the door. We continue to ask that everyone who plans to attend services, please RSVP using the registration form. Please use one of the options below to share your proof:
From the leadership and the greeters, we ask that you follow these protocols and do not put the greeters at the door in the truly uncomfortable position of having to turn someone away on Shabbat!! We are in this together and feel compelled to make these up to the minute temporary decisions in these unprecedented times.
In conclusion, we are always very thankful to our donors for our amazing live streaming technology, allowing for everyone to join us to celebrate Shabbat safely. Again, this is only temporary and will be re-evaluated moving forward.