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COVID-19 In Person Gathering Guidelines

Updated 9/16/2020

As we move into the fall, we hope that BHA can resume some limited, in-person gatherings. Even more than that, we hope that all of our members and friends stay healthy, and that soon, we can gather together unfettered to advance the work of holiness and justice in our world. 

In Jewish thought, there is no more central value than pikuach nefesh, or saving a life, so to that end, we are setting out some guidelines so we have a shared understanding of what to expect when we gather together. 

  1. All in person events will take place outside; there is simply not adequate ventilation in the BHA building to gather safely. 
  2. In order to manage numbers and facilitate contact tracing, registration will be required for all in-person events. All events will be capped at 75 people total.  
  3. When gathered outside, we’ll wear face masks, properly covering our mouth and nose, keeping them on throughout the entire time that we are gathered. BHA gatherings will not involve eating, drinking or singing together. We recognize that people will feed their kids occasional snacks, but we won’t be having meals together. 
  4. We will, inevitably, forget our masks, stand too close and forget the rules of this bizarre moment. We can help each other. Please remind others of these rules in ways that are supportive and effective, and when you are reminded, please say “thank you for reminding me.” Recognize we need each other to accomplish our goals of staying healthy and safe together. There is no value whatsoever in shaming our friends when we, too, will inevitably make mistakes.
  5. We will bring what we need and take what we bring. Instead of distributing materials on-site, BHA will provide any handouts ahead of time for you to print or display on a device. We will also clean up after ourselves out of respect for each other and our outdoor spaces.
  6. We will maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from people who are not part of our household or in a shared “bubble” with members of our household.
  7. We will wash or sanitize our hands frequently and before arriving at any gathering.
  8. We will not attend any such gathering if we have symptoms - even if very mild - that might indicate an infection, which include but are not limited to fever, headache, sore throat, a new cough, congestion, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, unexplained fatigue.
  9. We will not attend any such gathering if we or any member of our household has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the preceding 14 days, is awaiting COVID-19 test results, or has traveled to a COVID-19 “hot spot” in the preceding 14 days
  10. We will be certain to inform BHA if we or our household members are diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days following any gathering we attended.

 

We will continue to consult with the Dutchess County Department of Health and the New York State Guidelines regarding best practices, and we are grateful to our friends at Shir Tikva in Minneapolis, Bnai Keshet in Montclair, NJ and The Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation of Evanston, Illinois for their help in drafting these guidelines. 

Tue, October 27 2020 9 Cheshvan 5781