Our executive committee realizes that TBE members have been asking about the status of the reopening plan. The text below is offered as a summary of our progress to date rather than comprehensive report.

Our primary objective remains the preservation of life during these difficult times. We understand that we are all impacted by the inaccessibility that this pandemic has caused. While there is a
deep desire to get back to normal, we recognize that we have a responsibility to do so with careful and thoughtful planning. We continue to provide meetings, services, and have just started our religious school for another year of learning, all via Zoom.

Organizations such as TBE utilize a phased approach to physical reopening. Each organization must determine which phase they are in, and when they can safely move to the next phase. TBE is planning to use 4 phases between being closed to in-person activities and being fully open. TBE is currently
closed to in-person activities. This means that only necessary maintenance, cleaning, and security checks should be done at the facility.

We are working in coordination with our Safety and Security Committee, Reopening Task Group, and Buildings and Grounds Committee utilizing health-based criteria to determine when we will be ready to move forward to Phase One of the reopening plan.

The process of preparing the building for reopening includes: needed repairs to the building, purchasing necessary health and safety supplies that are Covid-19 compliant, development of our in-depth reopening team to include greeters and ushers, and revised floor plans to ensure physical
distancing. These are just a few of the many items being addressed.

As we prepare our plan, we will be asking for a team of greeters and ushers to assist when we are ready to move into that phase of reopening. We will be seeking congregants as volunteers to be trained in how we can best keep ourselves safe and healthy as we begin to reopen.

There are several questions that we must review in our consideration of when we can safely move to Phase One of re-opening. For instance:
• Are we consistent with applicable national, state, and local guidelines and any applicable licensing guidelines? For example, a current guideline is a community positivity rate of less than 5%. This is only one consideration, and one example.
• Are we ready to protect employees and members who are at higher risk or live with people at higher risk? Or, can we provide for them to stay at home without breaking confidentiality?
• Is opening consistent with our congregation’s values and Jewish values as some of our traditional practices may need to change?

We will move forward to Phase One when we have experienced a period of time where health criteria appear to meet the guidelines, and our building maintenance and repairs have been completed to a point where we can safely operate.

PHASE ONE – very limited re-opening for office and outdoor gathering – if practical.

Our tentative criteria for entering this stage includes four consecutive weeks of declining cases in our area according to our county health department.

This phase will require all Covid-19 health precautions to be observed at all times while at our facility: i.e. face masks, social distancing, temperature checks, etc. Contact tracing will be required should someone attending a meeting or activity become infected or be suspected of having Covid-19. In addition, the building will be closed for proper cleaning and disinfecting before resuming activities.


When conditions allow, we will then move to Phase Two.


PHASE TWO – limited programming with attendance restrictions and social distancing.

Our tentative criteria for entering this stage includes an additional two consecutive weeks of declining cases in our area according to our county health department. In addition, Health authority conditions must be met in order to remain in Phase Two, acknowledging that it might be required to move back to Phase One should conditions change.
• At this point, attendance for programming and services will still be limited. Social distancing and face masks will still be enforced.
• No food services will be allowed in Phase Two.
• No Shared Ritual Objects will be allowed.
• All Covid-19 health precautions must be observed at all times while at our facility: i.e. face masks, social distancing, temperature checks, etc.
• Contact tracing will be required should someone attending a meeting or activity become infected or be suspected of having Covid-19. In addition, the building will be closed for proper cleaning and disinfecting before resuming activities.
• When conditions allow, we will then move to Phase Three.

PHASE THREE – Full programming with minor restrictions.

Our tentative criteria for entering this stage includes an additional two consecutive weeks of declining cases in the Peninsula Health District. In addition, Health authority conditions must be met in order to remain in Phase Three, acknowledging that it might be required to move back to Phase Two should conditions change.
• In Phase Three, programs will run with attendance limits, social distancing, and masks. This is dependent on situation, activity, the size of the room, and the number of participants.
• Food service will be based on department of health guidelines and recommendations, and our ability to provide effective cleaning services.
• We will allow limited use of shared ritual objects.
• All Covid-19 health precautions must be observed at all times while at our facility: i.e. face masks, social distancing, temperature checks, etc.
• Contact tracing will be required should someone attending a meeting or activity become infected or be suspected of having Covid-19. In addition, the building will be closed for proper cleaning and disinfecting before resuming activities.

PHASE FOUR – Fewest to no restrictions depending on conditions.


Our tentative criteria for entering this stage includes an additional two consecutive weeks of declining cases in the Peninsula Health District . In addition, Health authority conditions must be met in order to remain in Phase Four, acknowledging that it might be required to move back to Phase
Three should conditions change.
• In Phase Four, programs will run with attendance guidelines, social distancing, and masks. This is dependent on situation, activity, the size of the room, and the number of participants.
• Food service will be based on department of health guidelines and recommendations, and our ability to provide effective cleaning services.
• We will allow increased use of shared ritual objects.
• Covid-19 health precautions are encouraged while at our facility: i.e. face masks, social distancing, temperature checks, etc.
• Contact tracing will be required should someone attending a meeting or activity become infected or be suspected of having Covid-19. In addition, the building will be closed for proper cleaning and disinfecting before resuming activities.


COMPLETE REOPENING – No restrictions.

We will consider complete re-opening when the health risks in our area due to Covid-19 are comparable to what they were at the beginning of 2020.

As of October 5, 2020