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Masks required for early Shabbos minyan (8 am)

At other services masks are strongly encouraged, per the synagogue's medical committee's guidelines of August 22:

“We continue to see an increasing rate of Covid-19 infections in Kings County.  We are also seeing a greater risk of infection with the Delta variant among vaccinated people than with prior variants, and, more importantly, there appears to be a small but real increase in the risk of hospitalization among vaccinated individuals.  There may be waning of vaccine-induced immunity, particularly among the elderly, that increases after 6 months.  We therefore strongly encourage people to mask in shul until this wave recedes, particularly individuals who are immunocompromised, elderly or received their second vaccine dose more than 6 months ago.  A third dose of mRNA vaccine for the immunocompromised is now available, and can significantly improve protection.  A third dose for the elderly, which will be available mid September, has also been shown to dramatically enhance protection against the Delta variant in Israel.”  

Fri, August 12 2022 15 Av 5782