COVID-19: Next steps for Sha’arei Tsedek North London Reform Synagogue, August 2021
Following the Government’s recent announcement regarding the lifting of the restrictions put in place because of Covid and a move from legal enforcement to personal and communal responsibility, Sha’arei Tsedek would like to inform members of the following.
Sha’arei Tsedek will continue to offer a mixture of in person and streamed services and looks forward to welcoming more of its members back to the Synagogue over the next few weeks and during the Days of Awe.
At the same time, Sha’arei Tsedek needs to maintain key measures to protect all its community. Sha’arei Tsedek plans to do its best to make people with different expectations feel considered, included, and welcome as well as minimise the risk of spreading disease and has put in place the following policies:
Lateral Flow Tests and Vaccines
We request everyone (aged 11+) attending services to take a lateral flow test on the previous day (or the day of) the service and to refrain from coming if the test shows positive or if you have any of the symptoms of Covid. As you may be aware, lateral flow tests are free of charge, and can be found in most pharmacies, or can be ordered online here. Alternatively, there is an expectation that you will have had the double vaccine before attending our services.
So that we can maintain social distancing, we will continue to ask everyone to sign up for services for the foreseeable future. Please sign up through links included each week within our regular weekly emails. If you do not have access to email, please contact the office and we will help you with the booking.
We request everyone to wear masks in services and all indoor areas, unless, they have an exemption. There is no need to wear masks in the outdoor grounds.
Happily, we are now permitted to sing. Continuing to wear masks will allow us to join in with the service however we ask you to sing quietly and softly into your masks to minimise any risk. Our choir will also be returning to services in a reduced capacity over the coming weeks and months.
We will maintain a measure of social distancing in all our services and seats will be arranged with a significant gap between them.
We plan to restart kiddushim after the Days of Awe and will keep you updated on our plans nearer the time.
Children and families
We look forward to welcoming children and families back to all our services and are planning in person family friendly services over the Days of Awe.
These policies will be regularly reviewed, and we will keep you informed of any changes in line with the changing Covid situation.
We would appreciate if everyone would follow our policies and show thoughtful concern for each other, and we very much look forward to seeing our family, friends, and community together again in person soon.
Moving out of lockdown part 2 from Richard Woolf, Chair – July 2020
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Message from Richard Woolf, Chair – 18032020