Covid-19 New Infection Control Practices
Infection control is a top priority. A COVID-19 task force was established with a highly qualified team of individuals including two physicians. The task force met weekly to review and discuss current recommendations. The team’s focus was on the development and implementation of new infection control practices. Our congregation will be following the infection control recommendations made by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Ad-ministration (OSHA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and state and local guidelines. We will follow the recommendations of these agencies so that we remain current on any new mandates or guidance that may be issued.
Covid-19 Task Force Information
REOPENING PLAN UPDATES
The Covid Task Force has been meeting regularly, and continues to do so, to monitor the progress of the county, state, and national fight against the pandemic. While we are encouraged by the progress that is being made, particularly in DuPage county, we feel that caution is still warranted to protect our youngest and most vulnerable members of the Etz Chaim community.
To that end:
- Masks will still be required when in the building.
- Religious school will be held in person in the fall (details to follow about specific precautions that will be put in place.)
- Food and drink will be allowed as coordinated with Etz Chaim Staff.
While we are hopeful that these last precautions will soon be unnecessary, we have decided that waiting for vaccinations to be readily available for those under 12 and/or negligible Covid cases in the immediate and surrounding areas would be appropriate.
Lastly, if you haven’t and are able please get vaccinated!
Thank you for your understanding and compliance,
The Etz Chaim Covid Task Force
The following rules and regulations are now in place:
- Masks – Must be worn and kept on during all public services, programs, and events. Office staff can make their own rules with each other.
- Food – No open food
- All rooms can raise the capacity to 50% of the fire code maximum allowed.
- Sanctuary maximum is raised to 100
- Services (and public events)
- Doors open 30 minutes before services to allow social distanced social gathering.
- Everyone will be asked to use a name tag. Please take a clean pen and after using, put it in the dirty pens container.
- Singing (congregants) allowed with masks, with social distancing.
- During the Hakafot portion of services, we ask everyone to not touch the Torah.
- Please take a siddur from the usher when you enter the sanctuary. Please return it after the service is over.
- After Services
- Indoor onegs are permitted, but without food or drink. We encourage socializing with masks and some distancing.
- Please take a to go-neg bag.
- Outdoor onegs are permitted with food and drink, weather permitting. Social distancing will be self-patrolled.
If you have any questions about these new guidelines, please contact:
• Jim Weiskopf at firstname.lastname@example.org
Congregation Etz Chaim
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday - Closed
Friday - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday - Closed for Shabbat
During the school year the office will remain open on Wednesdays until 6:45PM and Sunday will be open from 8:30AM - 12:00PM