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Covid Guidelines

Covid and Covid Variant Guidelines


Vaccinations have resulted in substantially fewer people contracting COVID, and those who do contract it have experienced milder symptoms, as well as fewer hospitalizations and deaths. As a result, the CDC has revised its indoor masking requirements for counties based on three factors: the number of COVID hospitalized patients, hospital capacity, and the community infection rate (number of new cases). Using these metrics, the CDC regularly reviews and rates counties at either a LOW,  MEDIUM or HIGH Level. Individuals in LOW or MEDIUM Level communities are not required to wear masks, while those in HIGH Level communities are required to wear masks.

Currently Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley Counties are rated at the LOW Level which means that indoor masking is not required. Based on current statistics and a belief that vaccinated individuals are not at a high risk for hospitalization or death if they do contract COVID, the Board of Trustees has approved implementing new Guidelines, effective Friday, March 18th at 4PM, which provide as follows: 

  1. Masks are not required to be worn by congregants, service participants, clergy, or musicians while in the building. Individuals at high risk for severe illness are advised to consult their healthcare provider about whether they need to wear a mask or take other precautions.
  2. Everyone entering the building must be fully vaccinated and register proof of vaccination in advance or provide proof at time of entry.
  3. Pre-registration for services and in-person events is required. However, individuals who choose to attend once registration has closed should not be discouraged from attending. They should attempt to contact the office, and come to KKBE with proof of vaccination. 
  4. Spacing/distancing requirements are no longer required. A small area of the Sanctuary will be reserved for those who wish to observe spacing and remain masked.
  5. Food service is permitted in the Social Hall and all meeting areas (except the Sanctuary).
  6. In person meetings are permitted but must be arranged through the office.
  7. Tourists will be required to show proof of vaccination or wear masks.
  8. Religious School students who are not vaccinated must wear KN95 masks.
  9. In the event that two or more of the counties in the Tri-County are rated as HIGH by the CDC, KKBE will return to its 1/19/22 KKBE COVID Guidelines.
  10. In addition to the above, Quarantine/ Masking Requirements remain in effect.

If you have a positive COVID-19 test: do not come to KKBE in-person until you have been without symptoms of a cold, respiratory or viral illness and feel well for at least 5 days. Please consider not coming to KKBE in-person during the entire 10 days after a positive COVID-19 test.

If you are exposed to an individual with COVID- 19: do not come to KKBE in person during the first 5 days after COVID-19 exposure. (Please consider not coming to KKBE in-person during the entire 10 days post-exposure period unless you have a negative COVID-19 test after day 5.)

If you fall in either of the above categories and come to KKBE in-person during the second 5 days of your exposure period, please wear an N95/KN95 mask until you are at least 10 days post exposure or a positive test.

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