Please note that COVID policies are subject to change.
As of June 2022, we have updated our policy to Masks Friendly synagogue-wide.
Masks are recommended in all our synagogue spaces for all members and visitors.
Medical advisers have several recommendations for helping to keep Temple Emmanuel a safer place for all:
- Continue to monitor daily for COVID-19 symptoms. If you have a fever or any respiratory symptoms (regardless of your COVID rapid test results), stay home!
- We continue to require all those who enter Temple Emanuel to be fully up-to-date on all applicable vaccinations for COVID-19 and other immunizations per CDC guidelines for your age and medical conditions.
- If you, your family members, or your friends are at high risk of having complications from COVID-19, please be cautious and wear a mask.
- If you have tested positive for COVID-19, adhere to all CDC guidelines regarding isolation and mask-wearing. During your isolation period, please join us online rather than in person.
- If you just recovered from COVID and are returning to services, we are pleased that you are feeling better; welcome back. You should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for 5 additional days (day 6 through day 10) after the end of your 5-day isolation period. If you are unable to wear a mask when around others, you should continue to isolate for a full 10 days. Avoid people who have weakened immune systems or are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days.
- If an individual has access to a test and wants to test, the best approach is to use an antigen test towards the end of the 5-day isolation period. Collect the test sample only if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved (loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation). If your test result is positive, you should continue to isolate until day 10. If your test result is negative, you can end isolation, but continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public until day 10.
- Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask, such as restaurants and some gyms, and avoid eating around others at home and at work until a full 10 days after your first day of symptoms.
- Wash or use hand sanitizer after shaking hands or using shared utensils at kiddush and before putting your hands near your face.
- If you are at high risk of complications from COVID-19 due to immunosuppression, speak with your healthcare provider about whether you are eligible for preventative treatment, such as Evusheld. Treatments are available for COVID-19, including oral medications and monoclonal antibodies. If you get COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider to discuss whether you should receive treatment.
For updates on COVID-19, masking guidance, and more, head to the CDC website.