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New Covid guidelines (Dec 15)

December 14, 2021

To the Members of Congregation B’nai Avraham:

         Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the CBA Medical Committee and the Board have been carefully following developments and issuing guidelines to comply with governmental mandates and to protect everyone who enters our building. 

         On Friday, December 10, 2021, the New York State Department of Health issued a Commissioner’s Determination to take effect on Monday, December 13, 2021.  Violation may result in a fine of $1,000.  The Determination will remain in effect until January 15, 2022, at which time it will expire or will be renewed or modified.  

         The Commissioner’s Determination applies to indoor public places, to all persons who are over the age of two and who are able medically to tolerate a face-covering, and to all activities taking place in the premises, other than active eating or drinking.  All such persons are required to be either masked or to show proof of vaccination. 

         The Board has concluded that this mandate applies on our premises and that requiring proof of vaccination would not be a workable option for us, especially on Shabbos.  The Board is therefore requiring, effective immediately and continuing while the Commissioner’s Determination is in effect, that all persons inside our premises be masked. 

         I know that many of us, including me, are already fatigued by the Covid pandemic.  Complying with this mask mandate will, I hope, protect everyone who enters our building, help avoid the collapse of our health care system, and hasten the day when we can live more normally.

                           Richard W. Golden, President

Tue, January 18 2022 16 Shevat 5782