Based on the recommendation of the Re-Opening Committee and approved by the Board, effective Tuesday, August 10, masks must be worn by all when inside our building in addition to presenting proof of vaccination at the door. This will replace the Mask policy stated below that was effective as of June 21, 2021.
Reopening Policy & Frequently Asked Questions
CSH Reopening Policies
Effective Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Effective Monday, June 21, 2021
With the ending of the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 State of Emergency on June 15, 2021, we are delighted to reopen our building to the public. As we transition to welcoming visitors and congregants back into our sacred space, our Board and staff have developed new reopening policies for the safety and comfort of everyone who enters our building.
We understand every individual is at a different place on their personal spectrum of post-pandemic comfort. We thank you in advance for your compassion, consideration, and mutual respect as we all adjust to these new safety protocols and norms together.
These policies go into effect beginning Monday, June 21, 2021 and will remain in place through at least September 24, 2021. Any changes or updates to these policies in the interim will be announced as they become available. (A separate in-person attendance policy for the High Holidays will be announced in early August.)
Beginning June 21, 2021, the following services will resume in-person at Shirat Hayam:
- Shabbat (Saturdays only; Fridays beginning July 16)
- No kiddush lunch will be held until after the High Holy Days.
- Minyan (Tuesday evening (online only as of 7/6), Thursday morning, and Rosh Hodesh)
- Meetings (e.g., Board, staff, committees, etc., as scheduled)
- CSH-affiliated social gatherings
COVID-19 Vaccinations Required for Entry
Any individual age 12 years or older who wishes to enter the Shirat Hayam building is required:
- To be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine; and
- Display proof of vaccination each time prior to entry.
Acceptable proofs of vaccination include any of the following forms:
- Your original CDC-issued vaccination card
- A paper copy of your vaccination card
- A digital image of your vaccination card displayed on your smartphone
Individuals ages 12 and older are not required to wear masks once inside Shirat Hayam. Any individual is welcome to wear a mask if they choose.
- Children ages 2 to 11 years old are required to wear masks at all times.
- Children under the age of 2 are not required to wear masks.
Office Visits: We recognize that congregants may need to visit the office or clergy during this time period. If an individual cannot produce a vaccination card, they and office staff will be required to wear their masks.
Individuals of any age displaying any symptoms of a cold or flu (such as fever or coughing) are asked to please refrain from attending in-person services while they are ill.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. Individuals who are unable to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine will be unable to enter the building at this time. We appreciate your understanding.
Anyone age 12 or older will not be permitted to enter the building until they can show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Acceptable proofs of vaccination include your original CDC-issued vaccination card, a paper copy of your vaccination card, or a digital image of your vaccination card displayed on your smartphone
Yes. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
No. Sign-ins will no longer be required to enter the building. The only requirement for entry is to display proof of vaccination if you are 12 years or older.
If your child is 12 years or older and not vaccinated, he or she will not be permitted to enter the building until they can present proof of vaccination. If your child is 11 years old or younger, he or she may enter the building. If your child is ages 2 to 11, he or she must wear a mask.
Yes. We are still in the process of finalizing virtual access details. Please see the weekly email from CSH for updates regarding virtual services.
Kiddush lunches will not be served until after the High Holidays. Coffee and tea will be available. Food may be served at certain events subject to additional restrictions.
If you are over the age of 12 and live, work, or study in Massachusetts, you can get vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccine is free. You don’t need an ID or insurance to get the vaccine. Please visit vaxfinder.mass.gov to locate a vaccination site near you and book an appointment online. Individuals without access to the internet or who are unable to schedule their appointment online can dial 2-1-1 from their phone or call toll free (877) 211-6277 for assistance.
These policies go into effect on Monday, June 21, 2021 and will continue through at least Friday, September 24, 2021. Any changes or updates to these policies will be communicated via email. A separate set of in-person service policies specific for the High Holidays will be communicated in early August.