RTR FULL COVID POLICY

THE REFORM TEMPLE OF ROCKLAND

COVID POLICES AS OF March 9, 2022

Covid-19 vaccine requirement: 

All children and teens aged 5 to 17 must be vaccinated for Covid-19 (at least initial vaccination in the series) by March 1, 2022 to gain entrance to the building.  

All individuals 18 years and older must be vaccinated and receive a Covid-19 vaccine booster by February 1st to enter the building. Proof of vaccination status will be required on building entry. A list of those who have already provided proof will be updated weekly and will be at the sign-in station for all events. Anyone who is on the list will not need to show proof to enter. 

All Hebrew School Teachers and/or those who come in regular contact with children must be fully vaccinated. The only exception for teachers or those who work with children would be a medical exception and if they have proof of exemption, they will need to test weekly and show negative results.

Office and other staff that are not coming in regular contact with children must be fully vaccinated, or if they chose to not vaccinate, they must be tested on a weekly basis.

 Masking policy: 

Masks will be optional for all indoor events at RTR effective Saturday, March 12th. However, this policy will not apply as this time to children and staff during religious school. This policy does not apply to children under the of age 5, as they are unvaccinated at this time and must continue to wear masks at all times.

Oneg and Event Guidelines:

Friday night oneg food tables will be set up in the lobby. Tables and chairs will be set up and spaced appropriately apart in the social hall for people who would like to eat and/or drink. There will be no eating in the lobby.

Choir and Singing

Only fully vaccinated members of the choir may participate in services and/or events. Choir must keep mask on while singing. 

The Cantor (and/or) Rabbi may sing without masks on the Bima, as long as the first two rows of seating are kept empty or moved (to provide the recommended 12 feet distance between the clergy and congregation

The distance between the Rabbi’s and Cantor lecterns should be at least 12 feet apart.

Social distancing

The Reform Temple of Rockland will follow current CDC and County health department regulations as are currently in effect for social distancing between individuals not from the same household. 

Social distancing is not a replacement for mask-wearing but in addition to it.

Elevator

 Use of the elevator will be limited to congregants and guests with a disability and limited to a 2-person occupancy for unrelated ‘riders’ and 4-person occupancy for related ‘riders’

Signage stating the capacity limits will be at the elevator door on both floors

Bathrooms

Each bathroom capacity will be limited to 3-person occupancy at a time.  

Signage stating the capacity limits will be placed outside each bathroom

Tallit & Kippot

Congregants and guests will need to provide their own Tallit. 

Kippot may be provided by RTR or by a family hosting special event, but these are meant to be taken home and not reused by RTR.

Building capacity

At this time RTR will follow Rockland County Health Department regulations for faith-based institutions, allowing 50% capacity for indoor events. RTR will and modify our capacity as the state and county regulations change.