AVIV JUDEA GUIDELINES

CALIFORNIA PUBLIC HEALTH GUIDELINES   as of June 1, 2020

 

  • California is calling for limiting attendance to 25 percent of the building's capacity, whichever is lower. That limit stays in effect for 21 days after the house of worship reopens, then conditions will be reviewed by health officials.

  • Stay home when you are sick or have a fever.  Stay home if you have any underlying conditions.

  • Wash hands frequently for 20 minutes.

  • Face coverings are strongly recommended.  At TAJ, face coverings are to be worn from the moment you enter the building, to the time you leave.  You MAY remove them when you are in your seat.  Put on a mask when you are singing.

  • "Consider modifying practices that are specific to particular faith traditions that might encourage the spread of COVID-19," the statement posted on the state's Covid-19 response page said. "Examples are discontinuing kissing of ritual objects, allowing rites to be performed by fewer people, avoiding the use of a common cup, offering communion in the hand instead of on the tongue, providing pre-packed communion items on chairs prior to service, etc."

  • Distancing guidelines include a recommendation to shorten the length of services and offering additional meeting times to spread out the number of attendees to avoid large gatherings. Handshakes, hugs, and other forms of greetings with physical contact also are discouraged.

  • Close places of worship for visitation outside of scheduled services, meetings, etc., whenever possible.

  • Discontinue large gatherings that encourage congregants/visitors to travel and break physical distances during activities, such as concerts, large holidays, and life event celebrations and remembrances.

  • Close children's play areas and discontinue activities and services for children where physical distancing of at least 6 feet cannot be maintained.

  • Prop or hold doors open during peak periods when congregants/visitors are entering and exiting facilities, if possible, and in accordance with security and safety protocols.

  • Close or restrict common areas, such as break rooms, kitchenettes, foyers, etc. where people are likely to congregate and interact.

  • Reconfigure podiums and speaker areas, office spaces, meeting rooms, conference rooms, etc., to allow for at least 6 feet between people.

  • Establish directional hallways and passageways for foot traffic, if possible, and designate separate routes for entry and exit into meeting rooms, offices, etc., to help maintain physical distancing and lessen the instances of people closely passing each other.

  • Close self-service item selection such as pamphlet displays and bookshelves and provide these items to congregants/visitors individually as necessary.

  • Consider limiting the number of people that use the restroom at one time to allow for physical distancing.

  • Discontinue offering self-service food and beverages. Do not hold potlucks or similar family-style eating and drinking events that increase the risk of cross contamination.

  • Strongly consider discontinuing singing, group recitation, and other practices and performances where there is increased likelihood for transmission from contaminated exhaled droplets.  If you are singing, please put on face covering.

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