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COVID-19 Response Levels

Synagogue Emanu-El is currently at Level 1


Level 5: Total Synagogue Closure

Level 5 response will execute the total closure of the synagogue building until risk is reduced as determined with guidance from medical professionals.

· No staff or volunteers will be allowed at the synagogue until the building is reopened.

· Staff and lay leadership will communicate online and via phone to manage synagogue and member needs.

· All programs will be virtual.

· One staff member or lay leader may be allowed in the building at a time for vital synagogue business and building maintenance, following Level 2 precautions and notifying appropriate personnel.


Level 4: Limited Staffing/Controlled In-Person Programs/Virtual Programs

Level 4 is intended to significantly reduce social contact for the safety of our community. Focus will be on virtual programming and individualized experiences in the building. All Level 2 precautions remain in effect, in addition to the following:

· The number of individual staff and lay leaders permitted in the building at any one time will be minimized, based on distancing constraints. Staff will work on a part-time basis, based on role and need; staff and lay leaders will lead virtual or in-person programs with designated lay volunteer assistance.

· No more than 25 people will be permitted in the building at any one time, following distancing and mask protocols.

· Religious School and Youth programming will be offered only on a virtual basis.

· Other individualized programs will be determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on attendance expected and coordinated precautions put into place.

· Outdoor programs may be planned on a limited basis. Registration will be required.


Level 3: Reduced Attendance for Program & Gatherings/Virtual Program Offering

Level 3 will limit gatherings to specific numbers at the synagogue building , with virtual access available for those who cannot attend. All Level 2 precautions remain in effect, in addition to the following:

· Public programs will be permissible but with limited guests in the synagogue building and social distancing requirements. Virtual program access will be available alongside public programs as feasible.

· Congregants and guests will continue to be required to wear masks in the building and socially distance. The distance between attendee pods will be 3 feet.

· Pre-registration for services and programs may be required depending on the expected attendance.

· Outdoor programs will be permissible but limited to established mask and social distancing requirements.

· The building will be open. Staff and limited lay leadership will continue to provide on-site ritual and program services (communications, office function, donations) to support congregational needs.

· Religious School and Youth Programs will be limited to the above attendee, mask and distance requirements.

· Other in-person programs will be determined on a case-by-case basis with appropriate attendance limits and safety precautions.

· Outdoor food services will be permissible, determined on a case-by-case basis, based on safety measures put into place.


Level 2: Extreme Caution

Level 2 response is aimed at increased caution through social distancing and careful hygiene.

· Congregants who consider themselves at risk, have chronic medical conditions, or are uncomfortable attending gatherings should consult their physicians.

· The synagogue will require all visitors to use personal masks or disposable masks located at entrances of the building when in proximity to others. Masks must cover the nose and mouth.

· Hand sanitizer will be available at all times and should be used frequently.

· Congregants who have a temperature above 100.4 F or are feeling different than normal should not attend. Those who are experiencing symptoms listed by the CDC (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, recent loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion and/or runny nose, nausea and/or vomiting, diarrhea, or other symptoms) should not attend under any circumstances.

· Congregants will not shake hands, kiss, or hug, and should give others appropriate distance at all times.

· Congregants will not kiss prayer books, mezuzot, tzitzit, or any other ritual items. Torah readers and service leaders will use available hand sanitizer when participating in ritual elements of the service.

· Special caution will be taken with food preparation and serving to avoid sharing of food serving utensils. South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and medical professionals will be consulted about any approved food services.

· Zoom and other on-line video services will be used for adult education, Shabbat services, and holidays as feasible for those community members who, for health reasons, are unable to attend.

· Synagogue staff will return to normal scheduling and indoor programming using these same precautions.


Level 1: Normal Caution

Level 1 response will return the synagogue to normal function with Level 2 precautions available and encouraged, but not required.

Thu, June 30 2022 1 Tammuz 5782