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Guidelines for Phase Two of Reopening Minyanim


June 17, 2020

 

GUIDELINES FOR MINYANIM DURING PHASE 2

 

The following guidelines should be adhered to in all minyanim, both indoor and outdoor.

Social distancing. With the exception of families that share a home, all participants should be a minimum of 6 feet from each other. Additionally, New York law requires the person leading the services to be 12 feet away from the other members of the minyan. This rule applies during all weather conditions. Outdoor Minyanim should be immediately cancelled or stopped when it rains, rather than moving to an inadequate indoor space.

Masks. Masks must be worn at all times. Someone who cannot or does not want to wear a mask should be sent home. Everyone must bring their own masks. if someone does not wear a mask, davening will stop until the mask is put on.

Spread. Although Phase Two is less restrictive than Phase One, everyone should be mindful of our individual and communal obligation to control the spread of this disease.  Everyone should limit the number of different minyanim they are attending.

Kiddushim. There is to be no congregating or kiddushim before or after minyan. If this happens, the minyan should be stopped.

Siddurim/chumashim/chairs. Bring your own siddur and chumash (and chair if davening outdoors).  The chairs inside the Shul have been set 7 feet apart.  They are not to be moved.

Bathrooms. Use your bathroom at home prior to attending minyan

No tzedakah box should be passed around

Do NOT daven with a minyan if:

You feel ill or have any COVID-19 symptoms per the updated CDC guidelines (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea).

You had or think you may have had COVID-19 until at least 14 days after symptoms are resolved and there has been no fever for at least a week;

You have had contact within 14 days with an individual who has COVID-19, even if you currently show no symptoms;

You are a high risk individual who is immunodeficient or have other risks to breathing and lungs. This includes those with cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, are obese, have kidney or liver disease, asthma, chronic lung disease.

Those over 65 should be highly discouraged from attendance.

A child under the age of 13.

Any individual who is personally concerned about attendance at a minyan, falls into one of the above categories or is otherwise unable to join a minyan due to COVID-19 is halachically exempt from attending Minyan and is free from the obligation of reciting Kaddish.

Shul Minyanim

Registration.  The Shul is limited to 25% capacity (appx. 30 per minyan/ 40 with the balcony).  Accordingly, all attendees must be register for minyanim.   We can create multiple minyanim to accommodate everyone.  Please bring your confirmation email with you to Shul.

The Shul bathroom will be closed. 

Backyard Minyanim

Backyard Minyanim must be registered with the Shul.  

All attendees for outside minyanim must be registered for that minyan and should bring a confirmation e-mail.

Gabbai -- Each minyan should appoint a gabbai to ensure that all rules are followed and be in communication with the Rabbi, Shul leadership and the minyan members as needed.

Minyanim may not occur in the street or in any way that would interfere with pedestrian traffic or will be disruptive to neighbors.

In case of inclement weather, the minyan is canceled.

No one is permitted into the host’s home for any reason, including to use the bathroom.

Note that we are always representatives of Congregation Anshei Shalom and our entire community. Neighbors may not appreciate davening being held in backyards. Be sensitive about making too much noise or causing a disturbance.

We cannot guarantee that there will be a Torah present at the outdoor minyanim.

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