Update on Pandemic Restrictions

Dear WJC Family:

You may be aware that Governor Cuomo announced earlier today that 70 percent of the New York State’s adult population has received at least one vaccine dose, and consequently, most pandemic-related restrictions in the State have been lifted effective immediately.

This is a major milestone in the fight against the pandemic, for which we should all be grateful. In light of this development, we are implementing the following changes in WJC ‘s COVID-19 policies:

As of today, fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be required to wear masks or socially distance inside the WJC building. Unvaccinated individuals will still be required to wear a mask when inside the building.

Fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be required to wear masks for outdoor WJC events. Unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear masks outside unless seated for Kiddush.

We will follow the honor system rather than require proof of vaccination.

In addition, kiddush will now be held indoors beginning this week in the Activity Center. We will set up tables both in the Activity Center and in the outside area in order to accommodate those who would prefer to sit outdoors (weather permitting).

We understand that there is a diversity of views and comfort levels on these issues. We are trying our best to take everyone’s needs into account as we move forward.

We celebrate the achievement of this milestone and look forward to seeing more of you in Shul!

Thank You,

Seth Schafler, President
Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz
David Goldstein, Executive Director

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