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COVID POLICY

Updated YIP Covid Policy
as of November 11, 2021

Please note that the situation is fluid.  Thanks to our wonderful medical professionals and the tireless efforts of our board, we continue to closely monitor the situation and do our best to maintain our spiritual and communal health while keeping our members safe. 

Though regional statistics are moving in the right direction, we are still not prepared to open the shul for full, unmasked operation.  We will remain committed to ensuring that, for “non-optional” events, such as davening, we will err on the side of caution to ensure that nobody feels they cannot attend because of a lack of Covid regulations.  However, we will provide guidelines for the potential for outdoor/indoor dining for “optional” events such as fundraisers, celebrations and the like.  We understand that while we try to minimize risk, we cannot eliminate it.  So, we are committed to doing our utmost to balance the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of our members, while allowing individual members to decide for themselves their level of comfort and participation.

GENERAL MASKING GUIDELINES

* OUTDOORS: Masks are REQUIRED for non-fully vaccinated individuals over the age of 12.  We also strongly recommend masking outdoors for everyone.

* INDOORS: Masks are REQUIRED for ALL individuals over the age of 2 (both fully vaccinated and not) at all times.

Note that Ba'alei Tefilah and Ba'alei Kriya must be fully vaccinated and will be allowed to temporarily unmask when up at the bima.

KIDDUSH/EATING GUIDELINES: 

Each situation will be evaluated for safety on a case-by-case basis depending on group size, logistics, food presentation and other health concerns.  We want to accommodate your event and can entertain a variety of methods to make your occasion or program a success.  Please reach out to the president for assistance.

* OUTDOORS:

1) masks are worn at all times for those over the age of 12 and not vaccinated while not eating,

2) food presentation should focus on the goal of allowing for distancing and avoiding the need to congregate around one small area (IE. grab and go/individual servings model; individual pre-plated; family style (if table seating is included); spread out buffet with multiple/duplicate stations etc.)

3) limited attendance (depending on the space available for distancing.)

* INDOORS:

PRIVATE EVENTS: While all shul rules MUST be enforced at all times while participating in shul programs, such as davening, wholly private events will be allowed as long as they do not conflict with shul programming, with the host responsible for any Covid precautions.

SHUL EVENTS WITH DINING:

1) confirmation of vaccination for all participants,

2) masks are worn at all times while not eating,

3) food presentation should focus on the goal of allowing for distancing and avoiding the need to congregate around one small area (IE. grab and go/individual servings model; individual pre-plated; family style (if table seating is included); spread out buffet with multiple/duplicate stations etc.)

4) potentially limited attendance - depending on the space available for distancing,

5) seating requests if applicable to allow for more comfortable groupings/multiple tables

Fri, December 3 2021 29 Kislev 5782