COVID-19 Updates

UPDATE: March 24, 2022

Given low rates of COVID-19 cases in our area, Temple Micah will not require indoor masking for the time being. This policy change is in line with CDC guidance and was made in consultation with our medical experts. It will go into effect Friday, March 25, 2022.

We welcome anyone who would prefer to wear a mask to continue to do so. Our vaccine mandate remains in place for those eligible (5 and up). 

We will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 cases in the DC area and will be ready to reinstate a mask mandate if conditions change.    


March 3, 2022

Relaxing our COVID-19 Protocols: A Message from Executive Director Beth Werlin

Dear Temple Micah Community,

I am writing to share news about changes to our COVID-19 policies and procedures and exciting next steps in our reopening journey.

On Tuesday, March 2, 2022, the Temple Micah board amended our policies to reflect the substantial decrease in COVID-19 cases in the DC area and current guidance from medical experts. Here are key items to know:

  • In order to enter the building, we will continue to require vaccinations (including boosters) for everyone who is eligible. Right now, that means everyone age five and older must be vaccinated; children under 5 may enter the building even if they are not vaccinated.
  • For now, we are keeping our mask mandate for indoor activities for everyone 2 and over, and we recommend, but do not require, that members wear a mask that is a three-ply surgical/disposable mask OR is a KN95, KF94, or N95, or is similarly effective. Our clergy and speakers remain permitted to remove their masks when speaking to an audience, as long as they are six feet from other people.
  • Masks are now optional for outdoor activities. 
  • Physical distancing is no longer required, though we will strive to make physical distancing available for those who choose to be distanced. 
  • We will no longer require advance registration for services, though some events may still require registration for planning purposes.  Everyone will be asked to show proof of vaccination when they enter for services. 
  • We will also make use of our outdoor space, whenever possible, and will plan our events with an eye toward avoiding overcrowding. This week, we reinstalled the tent in our parking lot and will host many activities, including Purim events, there over the next few months.
  • Food is now permitted outdoors, and we look forward to returning to Oneg and Kiddush outdoors in the weeks ahead.  We also will explore moving towards meals indoors later in the spring, including options for making communal meals safer (e.g., individual plates of food). 

Continuing Our Commitment to Robust Online Offerings: Send Us Your Feedback!

While many of us are excited to be moving into this next phase of reopening, we also remain committed to a robust offering of online services and other educational opportunities. Our multi-access services remain a work in progress, as our clergy aim to create prayer experiences that are fulfilling not only for those in person but also those at home. We will explore various approaches and test different ways of doing things over the coming months. Please share your thoughts and reactions by emailing us at shma@templemicah.org.

In addition, plans are underway to upgrade technology in the sanctuary to increase the aesthetic quality of the virtual audio-visual experience. We recognize that our online audio is inconsistent and we are doing our best to optimize the equipment we have now. We are hopeful that our audio upgrades will take place this summer. 

Remaining Flexible

Finally, we will continue to monitor conditions, look to medical experts for guidance, and make changes to our policies—lessening or reinstating restrictions—as needed. 

We are so thankful for your patience as we continue to work to bring our community together safely. I look forward to seeing many of you in person and online in the weeks and months to come! 

Shalom,

 

 

Beth Werlin

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