Health & Safety

Nothing is more important than the health and safety of the Ohr Kodesh (OKC) community, and communal responsibility is critical to ensuring that safety. It is for this reason that our medical committee has put several policies and procedures in place for all in-person activities. Everyone attending any of our High Holy Day (HiHo) events are required to comply with these guidelines.


Participants who attend events at OKC are asked to take their temperatures at home before attending, and to remain at home if temperatures are 100.4 degrees F or higher. We also ask that participants wash their hands before leaving home and come to communal events with personal-size hand sanitizers if possible. OKC will also provide hand sanitizer on site. Temperatures will be taken onsite at HiHo events and social distancing will be enforced. It is understood that congregants who choose to attend HiHo events are aware of these requirements and will comply with them for the health of themselves, their families, and the rest of the community. Face masks are required to be worn over nose and mouth at all times.


People with the following characteristics are strongly discouraged from attending HiHo events because of the known association between these factors and development of severe illness if COVID-19 infection occurs:

  • Adults age 65 and above

  • People who live in nursing homes or long-term care facilities

  • People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well-controlled

    • Chronic lung disease

    • Asthma

    • Immunocompromised conditions (e.g. cancer, organ transplant recipients, poorly controlled HIV/AIDS, prolonged use of corticosteroids, etc.)

    • Severe obesity (body mass index of 40 or higher)

    • Diabetes

    • Kidney disease requiring dialysis

    • Liver disease

    • Serious heart conditions


Persons with one or more of these risk enhancing characteristics are discouraged from participating in communal activities at this time. If someone with one or more of these risk factors desires to attend HiHo events, s/he may do so; however, it is expected that these individuals will consult with their physicians prior to attending these events.


People with the following characteristics are prohibited from attending HiHo events:

  • Any respiratory symptoms

    • Cough

    • Sneezing

    • Wheeze

    • Shortness of breath

  • Temperature equal to or greater than 100.4 degrees

  • Sharing household with someone who:

    • Has active, confirmed COVID-19 infection

    • Has any respiratory symptoms

    • Has fever

    • Is recovering from COVID-19 infection (is less than 2 weeks from active illness)

  • History of COVID-19 infection; less than 2 weeks post-recovery

  • Persons who believe they have been in recent contact with someone who has COVID-19

    • This does not include medical personnel who maintain PPE and otherwise follow CDC guidelines for medical professionals.