RTR FULL COVID POLICY

THE REFORM TEMPLE OF ROCKLAND

COVID POLICIES as of December 15, 2022

Due to community resurgence of Covid-19, masking indoors at RTR is now strongly recommended for all adults and children age 2 and older.

Recommended masks for indoor use at RTR:

N-95 and KN-95 masks worn over nose and mouth are recommended for best protection against aerosolized virus (Covid-19). Multi-ply surgical grade masks are less effective but provide some protection and are protective for droplet based viral transmission (Influenza and RSV).

Cloth masks are not recommended at this time as they are significantly less protective.

Covid-19 Vaccine Policy:

All children aged 6 months to 5 years who are eligible must received their initial Covid-19 vaccination in order to enter the building.

Everyone aged 6 to 17 who is eligible must be vaccinated for Covid-19 to enter the building. 

Everyone 18 years and older who is eligible must be vaccinated and receive a Covid-19 vaccine booster to enter the building. It is strongly recommended all adults and children stay up to date with current Covid-19 boosters, including the current bivalent Covid booster.

All Hebrew School Teachers and/or those who come in regular contact with children must be fully vaccinated (Covid 19 vaccinations plus one booster). It is strongly recommended that teachers stay up to date with current Covid-19 boosters including the current bivalent Covid booster. The only exception for teachers or those who work with children would be a medical exception and if they have proof of exemption.

Office and other staff that are not coming in regular contact with children must be fully vaccinated (Covid 19 vaccinations plus one booster) It is strongly recommended that office and other staff stay up to date with current Covid-19 boosters including the bivalent booster.

Oneg and Event Guidelines:

Friday night oneg food tables will be set up in the social hall. Tables and chairs will be arranged with social spacing for people who would like to eat and/or drink. A to-go table will be in the lobby for those who wish to grab and go.

Choir and Singing:

Only fully vaccinated members of the choir may participate in services and/or events. It is strongly recommended that choir members stay up to date with current Covid-19 boosters. The choir will be required to mask while singing due to increased community prevalence of Covid until further notice. 

The Cantor (and/or) Rabbi may lead services and sing without masks on the Bima.

Social distancing:

The Reform Temple of Rockland recommends congregants follow current CDC and County health department guidelines for social distancing between individuals not from the same household. 

Building capacity:

RTR will follow Rockland County Health Department regulations for faith-based institutions when determining capacity for indoor events. 

Other recommendations:

Hand Hygiene: Due to the increased prevalence of influenza A and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in the community this season, avoidance of hand to hand contact is recommended. Frequent handwashing or use of hand gel is recommended as well. RTR will provide hand gel in the building.