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COVID Protocols

COVID protocols are established by Beth Shalom's COVID Committee and are subject to change. 

Anyone displaying possible symptoms of COVID-19 may not enter the building and may not attend indoor or outdoor services. Symptoms include: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.

When are masks required? 

  • At all events (indoors and outdoors) geared towards youth under 12 and families.
  • Any gathering larger than 10 adults, including services. (Gatherings of 10 adults or fewer can choose to be unmasked, if mutually agreeable to the group)
  • Religious School, youth programming, Prozdor and teen learning will remain masked for the present time.

Beginning in March 2022, outdoor activities that don't meet the above criteria are mask optional.

Beginning March 26, indoor eating and drinking are allowed at specific events and at kiddush lunches on Shabbat.


What kind of mask is required?

Inside the building, CBS requires either: a standard 3-layer paper mask, KF94, KN95 or N95.

We will have a supply of 3-layer paper masks in the lobby. You are welcome to place a 3-layer paper mask over your cloth mask if you prefer.


When is vaccination required?

To attend Shabbat services, holiday services, and in-person events at Beth Shalom, everyone 5 yrs and older must be fully vaccinated starting January 1, 2022.  Full vaccination means 2 weeks since receiving their second dose. Those seeking an exemption may contact the COVID Committee to petition for  approval to attend services and events at Beth Shalom. Any approvals will require testing before attending.

What does this mean for events with food, or Kiddush Lunch?

Starting with Shabbat, March 26, people will have the option of eating Kiddush lunch indoors or outdoors.


What else are you doing to prevent the spread of COVID?

We are limiting attendance at all of our indoor events to a fraction of our legal capacity, adjusted based on current risk of community spread. We have also increased the airflow in all of our spaces.


How do we make our COVID policies?

Our COVID Committee, made up of medical experts from the Beth Shalom community, meet regularly with community leaders to set and update policies based on the latest medical research and the conditions in the Seattle-area. COVID policies and procedures are regularly updated and subject to change.

COVID Notification Policy

Per the CDC and King County Public Health, an individual who tests positive for COVID 19 is considered potentially infectious starting 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms.  If they are asymptomatic, they are considered infectious starting 48 hours before the day of their COVID test.

If the office is notified that someone who attended a shul event subsequently tests positive for COVID-19, we determine whether they were potentially infectious the day of the event following the above guidelines.  If so, we ask them if they had any high risk exposures. A high risk exposure is defined as being within 6 feet of the person for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.

We will individually contact anyone identified as a close contact and recommend that they test (and quarantine) as per King County health guidelines, which currently differ based on vaccination status.

Please feel free to contact the CBS office with questions.

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