WESTMOUNT SHUL SAFETY MEASURES UPDATE – January 13, 2021:
With praises to Hashem, we are fortunate that the province of Ontario is permitting houses of worship to continue having gatherings of ten people.
The Shul members have overall been very compliant regarding the safety procedures, and Baruch Hashem, there have been zero transmissions since we have re-opened. That being said, there is always the ongoing challenge of continuing to be vigilant, especially as the COVID numbers in Ontario are rising.
To that end, starting Sunday January Jan. 17, we will be designating the VIP Fireside Lounge for the exclusive use of those people who feel more comfortable attending a prayer service with the highest safety standards possible. In addition to stricter enforcement of compliance regarding sign up and time arrival with zero exceptions will be in place. Attendance will be limited to only 8 people.
Entrance to the VIP Fireside Lounge is only for those who have asked and received specific permission from Rabbi Michalowicz, and have their names posted by its entrance.
This group will work similarly to the world NEXUS program, as people found in the lounge violating the extra safety measures, will no longer be permitted to attend the VIP Fireside Lounge service.
We hope that these newer procedures will encourage more people to attend and feel more comfortable when attending. Please contact the Rabbi if you have any questions.
We reiterate that all people attending the Shul be especially careful about:
• ENTERING WHEN SYMPTOM FREE
• WEARING APPROPRIATE FACE COVERINGS THAT COVERS YOUR NOSE & MOUTH
• STAYING SOCIALLY DISTANT AT ALL TIMES
• HAVING YOUR TEMPERATURE TAKEN REGARDLESS OF WHICH ENTRANCE YOU USE
• SANITIZE YOUR HANDS BEFORE & AFTER ENTERING THE BUILDING
• SANITIZING YOUR TABLE WHEN YOU LEAVE
• PROPER RESPECT FOR THE HOLINESS OF THE SANCTUARY, WHICH INCLUDES COMING ON TIME & NOT BRINGING IN CELL PHONES.
Please see the following link that spells out the
present restrictions: https://www.ontario.ca/page/enhancing-public-health-and-workplace-safetymeasures-provincewide-shutdown & https://www.york.ca/wps/portal/yorkhome/health/yr/covid-19/!