In an abundance of caution, given the substantial transmission rates in Hampden County, the high prevalence of vaccinated members with increased Covid risk, and presence of children under 12 years of age who have not been immunized, Congregation B’nai Torah has issued the following Shul COVID-19 Policy revisions effective Shabbat 8/13 -14 onwards:
ALL INDIVIDUALS AGES 5 YEARS AND OVER (VACCINATED OR NOT) MUST BE FULLY MASKED IN ALL INDOOR AREAS OF CONGREGATION BNAI TORAH AT ALL TIMES, with the following exceptions :
Hazzan, Baal Tefillah, Baal Torah, or shofar blower if he is vaccinated and socially distanced from other individuals on the bima, ,may remove his mask on the Bimah while he is facing the Ark.
The Rabbi or other speakers may face the congregation and be unmasked while delivering remarks while standing as far away from the front of the congregation on the Bimah as possible.
Other Protective Measures for Food Service Events: