BZBI, where you belong

COVID-19 Stage II Guide

    Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel COVID-19 Stage II Guide

    I. Guiding principles

    1. Longer exposure to the virus may increase the chance of infection, and the closer/prolonged exposure.
    2. Indoor spaces are significantly more susceptible to exposure than outdoor spaces.
    3. Droplets are expelled thru speech and singing. Droplets expelled by singing travel further than droplets expelled by speech.
    4. Houses of Worship have been at the center of numerous outbreaks.
    5. Congregational singing has been identified by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as among the most dangerous activities because this activity generates aerosol particles over an extended distance and period of time. This risk is reduced outdoors.
    6. High-risk people, e.g., those over 65 and those with underlying health conditions that make them more susceptible to death or a more severe illness, should be discouraged from coming to on‐site BZBI activities.
    7. Pikuach Nefesh (Responsibility to safeguard and save a life)
    8. Sakanat Nefeshot (We are forbidden to endanger life)

    II. Participants

    1. All must bring and wear a mask — cloth preferable.
    2. Individuals should not come to BZBI if they:
      • Have or recently had a fever, or
      • Have or recently had Covid symptoms, e.g., cough, sore throat, aches, fatigue, gastrointestinal distress, or loss of sense of smell or taste, or
        Have had close contact within the last 14 days with someone who tested positive or has Covid.
      • Have traveled to states with high COVID rates per the PA Department of Health
    3. Everyone participating should, upon entering the building:
      • Use a thermometer to confirm a temperature of under 99.1 degrees.
      • Confirm verbally a lack of COVID-19 symptoms.
      • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer
      • Sign-in for contact tracing purposes
      • Note that the bathroom across from the office may be used by congregants, vendors, office staff, and guests only. All other bathrooms are for Early Childhood students and staff.
      • Our Early Childhood guidelines provide additional detail for parents and children, and can be downloaded here.

    III. Registration and Volunteers must preregister for BZBI on‐site activities and in doing so provide contact information, confirm they have no symptoms, and affirm that they have read applicable policies.  Please preregister by filling out the form here.

    IV. Distancing

    1. Participants must maintain a distance of 6 feet on all sides. Family groups do not have to maintain 6-foot distancing. No physical contact should take place between people of different households.
    2. Children — young children are difficult to control in terms of touching things and physical distancing. All children under the age of 13 must be under the constant direct supervision of an accompanying adult from the same household.
    3. Authorities have a recommended room capacity of 10 percent. This capacity may be lower due to the requirements of social distancing. Our sanctuary has a capacity of 60.
    4. Everyone will be provided a prayer book but please bring your own tallit and kipa. Passing each other and coming closer than 6 feet for a few seconds is accepted.
    5. Those who are honored with aliyot and readings should follow the direction of the clergy present.

    V. Recommendation that precautions be taken when singing.

    VI. Zooming and/or live stream should be considered for all activities, depending on the activity, and particularly for high-risk congregants as long as the Covid infection is a concern.

    VII. Approval by the Executive Director is needed before scheduling activities. Fill out this form for each contemplated activity, not less than ten days before the activity. Be sure to provide details for compliance with these requirements, and for set-up and clean‐up.

    VIII. Infection Please notify the Executive Director immediately if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and attended an event/service or visited the building within 14 days for more than 10 minutes.