Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update and Protocol

Dear Members,

Please note: Until further notice "In-Person" Services and Events at Congregation Or Shalom ARE SUSPENDED. Effective Sunday, March 15th at noon. please read the following.

This interim update and protocol is being provided based on what is currently known about the COVID-19 coronavirus and the most recent recommendations from the CDC, State of Connecticut and local health departments. We will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available. We need to take these measures to keep our synagogue community virus free, in light of the most current protocols regarding COVID-19.

• Due to the increasing risk associated with contact with the coronavirus linked to COVID-19, all synagogue religious services, meetings, and events will be suspended indefinitely effective Sunday noon, 3/15/2020. This includes gatherings such as bible study, "coffee & learn", afternoon mahjong, Zumba classes, etc.

• Board and committee meetings will take place via video-teleconferencing ("Zoom").

• The synagogue office will be staffed but access to the building will be highly restricted. Only entry deemed absolutely essential, e.g., building maintenance calls, will be allowed.

• Religious services may be live-streamed from the following sites.

In the meantime, we want to update you on the preventative measures we are implementing or have implemented for Shabbat and other gatherings:

1) All services are taking place as planned. Live streaming* of services is available from the following sites:

Beth El Fairfield
Bnai Jeshurun
Park Avenue Synagogue

B'nai Jacob

• Funerals will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

• B'nai mitzvah celebrations will be handled on a case-by-case basis consistent with the family's wishes.

Additional Resources

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html#risk-assessment

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