Building Re-Opening and COVID-19 Requirements – January 2022

Temple Micah Re-Opening Plans and Updated COVID-19 Requirements

January 12, 2022

This is an update on our current plans around in-person activity at Temple Micah as well as changes to two of our policies to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19: vaccination mandates and our mask policy. These updates reflect medical and scientific developments since the adoption of our initial policies and were adopted by the Temple Micah board on January 11, 2022.

Thank you for helping to keep our community safe and ensure the well-being of all who call Micah home.


Updated COVID-19 Requirements: Changes to our vaccination mandates and mask policy

VACCINATION MANDATE

Lowering the minimum required age from 12 to 5: Previously, Temple Micah required all persons aged 12 and above to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to enter the building. The FDA has now approved the COVID-19 vaccination for children 5 years and older, and the CDC recommends that children age 5 and above receive the vaccination. Medical exemptions for Machon Micah students remain in place.

COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are also required. For more information on booster shots, please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.

Our new policy now states:

Temple Micah requires all members, guests, and visitors five years old and older to be fully vaccinated in order to enter the building. This includes obtaining boosters, as recommended by the CDC. Temple Micah may grant exemptions for Machon Micah students who demonstrate that being vaccinated for COVID-19 is medically inadvisable.

MASK POLICY

Masks must be either a three-ply surgical/disposable mask or a KN95, KF94, or N95. Previously, we allowed a double-layered cloth mask, which is no longer recommended by most experts.

The new policy now states:

All persons over the age of two must wear a well-fitting mask while at Temple Micah or attending an in-person Temple Micah-sponsored activity, regardless of whether indoors or outdoors. A well-fitting mask should meet the following requirements:

  • is a three ply surgical/disposable mask OR is a KN95, KF94, or N95, or is similarly effective
  • completely covers nose and mouth
  • fits snugly, without gaps
  • has a nose wire

Temple Micah will maintain an ample supply of disposable masks for adults and children and make them available at the entrances to the building.


Reopening the Building and In-Person Services

Given the ongoing high rates of COVID-19 in the DC-area, we have decided to limit in-person activity in the building through January 29, and the building generally will remain closed to members without an appointment.

B’NAI MITZVAH

We have decided to proceed with our scheduled b’nai mitzvah services in the sanctuary, starting January 22, but we will restrict in-person participation to a limited number of family members and friends of the b’nai mitzvah family through February 5, 2022. We invite the Temple Micah community to participate virtually.

We realize this is not ideal. Given the unusual times we live in and the compromises we must make to help keep our community safe, we believe this is the best path for us now. We are hopeful we will be able to resume community-wide in-person services soon.

MACHON MICAH

Machon Micah classes and R2B will be held ONLINE Tuesday, February 1, with in-person classes resuming February 6, 2022. Zoom links will be sent via email. Machon Micah families should look for a separate email from the Machon team with more details.


Moving Forward: Plans for February

We will continually monitor and reassess the situation in and around the D.C area and communicate decisions regarding in-person services and events for early February by February 1. We will aim to provide updates in a timely manner, especially to those members directly affected. Thank you for your continued patience, understanding, and support.

For more information, please review our Frequently Asked Questions — with the most recent updates in bold italics.

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