Shabbat morning services will resume on 12th September 2020 at the usual time of 11:30am at Maxwell Park Community Centre, with the following requirements.
a Bring and wear a face mask or face covering. If you forget to bring your
own we will have a small number of disposable face masks available.
b Follow the
one-way system which will be in operation within Maxwell Park Community Centre to help with social distancing. The one-way
system is indicated on the floor. In particular:
c ENTER the centre only via the main front door
d EXIT the centre only via the doors by the bins (opposite the kitchen).
e Use the
hand sanitisers provided whenever you enter/leave the
building and whenever you enter/leave the toilets.
f Family/household members, or those operating in a 'bubble' may sit
together. Otherwise, all chairs will be prearranged to observe the 2m
rule. Please DO NOT move chairs other than to sit beside your family.
g During the service, the
government requirement is that only those
officiating will sing. Other quiet participation, including reading, is
acceptable. For the safety of all: those officiating will be standing at a
safe distance, facing forward and in front of the congregation.
h Those making aliyot must social distance from those officiating, in
order to prevent potential cross contamination. We will not be
processing the Torah until further notice.
i We may not congregate in any part of the building other than in the
lounge itself. On entering the building, you must come straight
into the lounge. The general area, usually used for seating, may
only be crossed for access to the toilets and exit.
j Regrettably, there will be no kiddushim for the foreseeable future and
the kitchen is closed. No food may be brought into the building. If you need to have a hot drink or snack before the service, please consume these in the car-park before entering the building. Bottles of cold
drinks may be brought in for personal use only.
k The toilets will be open, but only one person will be allowed in at any time to avoid close contact at sinks etc. (male/female/disabled are all
The principle we are using is pekuach nefesh (health first) so:
1. Please only attend if you can do so is in line with government recommendations.
2. Do not attend if you are feeling unwell or have been in contact with others who are unwell. If you are feeling anything unusual please bear in mind that a wide range of COVID-19 symptoms have been reported. These symptoms include are described on this website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.
3. While we trust HaShem to keep us safe, each of us must do all that we can to promote the health and well-being of our fellow worshippers.