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COVID 19 Update

from the TBE COVID-19 Committee

TBE response plan:

There are 4 phases through which our building and grounds can be open or closed to congregants and staff with a goal of a 5th phase when the pandemic ends and we apply lessons learned for a healthier TBE community post pandemic.

  • Based on guidance from CDC, the WHO, and national epidemiologic experts we will move through the phases based on specific health metrics:
    • Rolling 7-day average of COVID-19 test positivity rates for Lee County 
    • Rolling 7-day new daily cases per 100,000 population (Incidence)
    • Rolling 7-day average COVID-19 transmission rate
    • 2-week trend of Lee Health Hospital resource capacity (ability of local hospitals to accommodate the significantly ill)
  • Movement to higher phase requires at least 2 weeks of meeting the criteria for the phase.
  • Movement to a lower phase will occur when pandemic monitoring criteria worsens; 2 weeks of data NOT required to respond in nimble manner
  • When discrepancies between measures exist, we will use the preponderance of data to determine the appropriate phase.
  • Each phase has specific activity descriptions for Worship, Life Cycle Events, Staff/Clergy and congregants, Meetings & Events, Adult Education and Religious school activities.
  • Please review the full plan for the specific details by each Phase.

Current Phase: Phase 3
February 23, 2021

The Building Remains Closed due to Construction despite the COVID phase


  • Worship will be held in the sanctuary, allowing for 6-ft social distancing.
  • Limited in-person attendance with all participants wearing non-vented face masks for worship: Congregants must sign-up online or call and register for a limited number of available seats in the sanctuary. Contact information must be current.
  • Congregants and visitors 65 and older and/or with underlying health issues who have not been fully vaccinated will be encouraged to continue participating via online methods.
  • Readers may unmask to lead service, sing, or chant while maintaining 15-foot continuous distance (dual podiums may be used to facilitate distance) No congregational singing,
  • Congregants must provide their own kippot/tallitot.
  • Prayer books will not be used; A/V projection of siddurim will substitute
  • Attendees will be required to wear non-vented face coverings and maintain 6 feet between non-household members.
  • Attendees will be asked to use hand sanitizer upon entrance to the building.
  • Attendees will check-in with entry attendant confirm they meet all criteria to be present based on the TBE COVID-19 Entry Questionnaire (attached below) and to confirm current contact information upon entering the building.
  • No food will be consumed inside the building


  • Lifecycle events may be held in the building with no more than 50 people meeting the same criteria as for worship (prayer books may be used if pre-distributed to seats)
  • No food or drinks may be consumed in the building; may use the outdoor precaution guidelines for food service outside (attached below)


  • Staff should work onsite as appropriate for Temple operations, except those who are 65 and over and/or with high risk factors who have not completed vaccination series.
  • Individual congregants permitted inside wearing non-vented face masks for individual appointments with prior arrangements made (maintaining 6-feet distance)


  • Indoor gatherings of up to 10 people wearing non-vented face masks with 6-ft social distancing, permitted unless meeting may be held just as effectively by virtual means.
  • No food or drinks may be consumed at meetings
  • Larger meetings will continue to be held via Zoom or other electronic platforms
  • The gift shop will be able to hold limited "by appointment only" hours.


  • Indoor Gatherings of up to 10 people wearing non-vented face masks with 6-ft social distancing permitted unless class may be held just as effectively by virtual means
  • No food or drink may be served or consumed in the building


  • Religious School may meet in-person indoors with all participants wearing non-vented face masks if with 6-ft physical distancing can be accommodated
  • No food or drink may be consumed in the building

Mon, March 8 2021 24 Adar 5781