We are reaching out to you today with an update to our FVJC-Emek Shalom COVID-19 policy. While COVID-19 is still prevalent in Connecticut, most children and adults have the option to be vaccinated (and receive booster shots) that will protect against severe disease and long COVID. Hence, starting today, we have made the decision to update our FVJC-Emek Shalom COVID-19 policy to make the wearing of facemasks optional. In addition, we will allow consumption of food and beverages in the building.

Any individual who wishes to wear a facemask should feel welcome to do so. Importantly, we strongly encourage anyone who is unvaccinated, without a vaccine booster within the past 6 months, or immunocompromised to wear a mask for their personal protection. Whatever choice you make regarding masks, we ask that you respect the choices that others make.

With COVID-19 infection rates continuing to change, and based on the extremely high transmissibility of the new BA5 variant, we ask that if you feel ill to please not enter the synagogue. Our COVID-19 Task Force will continue to monitor and evaluate the latest COVID-19 data and will update our policies accordingly. Should conditions change, we are fully prepared to pivot and adapt our COVID-19 policies to ensure we continue to provide a safe environment for all our members.

Loel Goldblatt, President

William B. White, MD, Covid Task Force Lead




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