As news of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world develops, we want to reassure you that we are committed to providing a safe and sacred community to the best of our ability. The Ministry of Health recommends some precautionary measures.

With these in mind, we ask for your co-operation in the following to help us safeguard the wellbeing of all who visit our congregation:

  • If you have travelled through mainland China, Iran, South Korea or Italy or been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus within the previous 14 days, please isolate yourself at home in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Health.
  • If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, such as a fever, cough or sore throat, please ensure you seek medical attention (although people displaying these symptoms may be simply suffering from a cold or other respiratory illness) and do not visit our congregation while symptoms persist.
  • Please avoid shaking hands, kissing and hugging when greeting each other. Consider adopting alternative greetings, like a touch on the back, or placing one or both hands over your heart.
  • As the Torah is paraded through the congregation for the Hakafah, those who wish to reach out to it are encouraged to use the fringes of your tallit, rather than the siddur, as kissing the siddur then placing it back on the shelf after the service may put others at risk.
  • When challah or other food is served, please use the utensils provided (and supervise your children to do the same) to protect the community from the spread of germs, as some in our community are vulnerable.
  • Please also keep in mind common sense measures, like avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth, covering your cough and sneeze, disposing of used tissues in a rubbish bin, and washing your hands frequently. Hand-washing facilities are present in each bathroom. Hand sanitiser is also available although hand washing is preferable.

For further resources regarding COVID-19, please call the Healthline (0800 358 5453) or refer to the Ministry of Health website here.

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