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Rules for In-Person Gatherings

Please respect requests made by volunteers, staff and clergy to ensure compliance to these rules. 



Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability

A one-time waiver must be completed prior to attending any in-person event or service. Verification of completion will be checked each time you attend a service or event. 

Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability


Masks are required when on temple property or at any temple sponsored event. Mask must cover both nose and mouth. Children 2 and under are exempt.

Health Screening

Submission of a Health Screening form, no earlier than 24 hours prior to an in-person event or service, is required. If you answer “Yes” to any symptom, stay home.

Requiring Temperature Checks

No on-site temperature checks. Take your temperature before coming to the building. If you have a fever of 100.0, stay home.

Social Distancing Requirements

A minimum of 6 feet is required for people not in your pod (small group of people with whom you share air without masks.) Follow any indicated traffic flow directions .

Using Restrooms

All restrooms, including multi-stall restrooms, will be used as single use. Only one person at a time will be allowed.

Daily Cleaning

Regular cleaning will occur after more than 10 people have entered the building.

Same Day Reuse of a Space


Communal Singing

Since singing is known as a "super spreader" of germs, if you'd like to sing, please do so at a soft volume.

Attendance/Contact Tracing

All temple events and services require you to log in to your member account and complete an Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability and advance reservation.

Volunteers for Shabbat Services

Volunteers will serve three roles at services. (1) manage traffic into building (2) check in congregants and verify Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability and Daily Health Screening forms have been submitted and (3) usher guest in/out sanctuary.

We will not hold in-person services without these volunteers in place (will cancel and hold service virtually).


No food inside the building; no oneg

Service Length

Shabbat service length 45 – 60 minutes. B’nai Mitzvah service length no longer than 90 minutes. Building will be open 20 minutes prior to service start time. Guests will exit immediately after service.


Not provided

Accommodation for non-members

When events are open to non-members, there will be a 24-hour policy prior to allow members to have priority in reserving space. 24 hours prior to the event, registration will open for non-members, as space allows.


Before Your Visit

  • Complete and submit the one-time Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability document at the bottom of this page.

  • Advance registration for all in-person Temple Beth Shalom events is required, so we can appropriately prepare for your visit. It is highly recommended that you register as early as possible for in-person Shabbat services as seating is limited. (click here for shabbat seating request form)

  • For the health and safety of all our community, complete the Health Screening form and be ready to show your confirmation email. If you answer “yes” to any listed symptom or statement, stay home.

  • Unregistered congregants may be admitted to a service or event if seating is still available and the Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability and Health Screening have been completed.
  • Non-members will not be admitted without advance registration.


During Your Visit

All Temple Beth Shalom services and events require advance reservation.

  • Face masks are required while on Temple Beth Shalom property and at all Temple Beth Shalom sponsored events. Face masks should always cover the nose and mouth.
  • Always maintain 6 feet of social distancing from other pods.
  • All temple rules for gatherings must be followed.

Rules and Procedures for Shabbat Services

  • In-person services may be canceled if volunteers cannot be arranged prior to the service. Temple Beth Shalom will continue to offer livestreamed services regardless of whether an in-person service takes place.
  • A volunteer will ask to see your health screening confirmation and verify your RSVP.
  • Doors will open approximately 15 minutes prior to start of services. Volunteers will allow one pod (small group of people with whom you share air without masks) in at a time for check-in and seating to allow for social distancing.
  • Observe one way in/one way out guidance for the building.
  • No food or beverage are allowed inside the building. Onegs will not occur.
  • Restrooms will be limited to one person at a time even in multi-stall bathrooms.
  • If you want to wear a kippah or tallit, you must bring your own.
  • Only the cantor or song leader will sing communal prayers due to singing being identified as a super-spreader of germs. The congregation should not participate in communal singing while inside the sanctuary. Humming is permitted.
  • At the conclusion of the service, a volunteer will usher each seating section out of the sanctuary.

After Your Visit

While we hope that our precautions will diminish any potential spread of COVID-19, if you or a member of your pod becomes ill with COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 within 7 days after attending a Temple Beth Shalom gathering, we respectfully ask that you report this information to our Executive Director, Patti Bridwell as soon as possible. Please provide information of the gathering you attended. When the temple is notified of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case in someone who has been at one of our gatherings, Austin Public Health Department will be notified. Any contact tracing, notifications, or other recommendations made by the Health Department will be handled by the temple according.


Fri, May 14 2021 3 Sivan 5781