COVID Re-Entry Plan
Phase Two

Updated May 3, 2021

OneTable reserves the right to change these guidelines as needed in order to ensure the highest standards of safety for hosts and guests. Anyone not complying with these safety standards may be removed from the platform.

 

COVID-19 is dangerous. As OneTable continues to consider our practices, we look to our core values for guidance. You may be used to us framing one of our core values, kedusha, or holiness, in terms of elevating the Shabbat dinner table. Kedusha is also a framing principle when it comes to the sanctity of human life. Jewish tradition teaches that saving one life is tantamount to saving the entire world, and we take this teaching seriously. As such, we continue to approach these issues cautiously. Please know that we are acting with health and wellbeing in mind.

Like everyone else, we have been learning from evidence and experts about what can reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19. And we continue to hear from you, our users. Some of you want to gather for Shabbat dinner with people who are not your roommates (as much as you may love your roommates!).

We are making some changes to our policy now, and we will consider making further changes as well.

  • Currently, we are increasing the maximum number of people permitted at an outside dinner to 20. This remains subject to the masking, distancing, and other requirements that we have had since last summer, and which are detailed below.
  • We are also now permitting hosts to prepare meals for their guests, even if the guests come from outside their household, subject to the more detailed rules below. Additionally, you may start to see some outdoor local events hosted by OneTable staff and partners following the same guidelines laid out below.

Please see all of our guidelines below.

We continue to invite hosts to establish requirements for a dinner that are stricter than OneTable’s requirements. And, of course, if any health department covering your area has stricter requirements or prohibitions than OneTable’s, you are required to follow the rules of that department — which may mean that an in-person dinner (other than with your roommates) may not be permitted at all.

Requirements for Outdoor Physically-Distant Dinners
Hosted by OneTable Community Members

NOTE: We are not currently supporting indoor dinners with folks who live outside of your household, including people you may consider part of your “pod.” You can still gather virtually, host individual household dinners, or gather outdoor socially-distant when weather permits.

OneTable will support the following options: 

  • Solo Shabbat 
  • Shelter-in-Place Shabbat (with roommates)
  • Virtual Shabbats (including OneTable Live)
  • Outdoor, Socially-Distant dinners 

Note: All hosts and guests will be required to sign an acknowledgment that:

1) They will adhere to OneTable social distancing requirements (outlined below) when hosting and signing up for in-person dinners with people outside their households. 

2) OneTable cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to, contract, or spread COVID-19 while attending a OneTable dinner.  

Communications

  1. Staying Home or Cancelling Event When Appropriate.
    1. Hosts must cancel the event (or make it virtual) if:
    2. Guests may not attend if:
  2. Keep an updated list of guests who attend for potential contact tracing needs.
  3. Check for updated information about any COVID-19 safety guidelines for social activities.

Masks

  1. Masks are to be worn at all times when guests are present.
  2. Masks may only be removed when guests are seated at their table/blanket. 
  3. Masks are strongly encouraged when guests might raise their voices, such as shouting, chanting, or singing.
  4. For recommendations on choosing a mask, see CDC’s Types of Masks.

Physical Distancing & Ventilation

  1. Dinners must be hosted outdoors where 6 feet of distance can be maintained between members of different households.
    • The number of people allowed to participate depends on the space available to have 6 feet between different households.  Please be aware that table placement may need to be greater than 6 feet apart to ensure that attendees are at least 6 feet apart. 
    • If possible, arrange seating in advance of guests arriving so that guests can find their seat when they arrive without congregating.
    • In addition to accommodating physical distancing, the event may have no more than 20 persons total. If 20 people cannot be present with each household remaining physically distant from one another, then the event may have no more people than can remain physically distant. 
  2. Consider pathways to restrooms and ensure that attendees can remain physically distant.

Handwashing & Covering Cough/Sneezes

  1. Ensure adequate supplies for handwashing or hand sanitizing.  
  2. Ask guests to sanitize or wash hands upon entering, prior to eating, after using the restroom and/or when removing/replacing their masks.  
  3. Cover coughs and sneezes. Masks that become dirty or wet should be replaced with a clean one as soon as possible. Guests should throw used tissues in the trash and wash their hands immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When a mask or tissue is not available or in use, they should cough or sneeze into their elbow, not their hands.

Adequate Supplies

  1. Ensure you have accessible sinks and enough supplies for guests to clean their hands and cover their coughs and sneezes.
  2. Supplies include soap, a way to dry hands (for example, paper towels or a hand dryer), tissues, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, masks (as feasible), and no-touch/foot pedal trash cans.

Maintain Healthy Meal Environment

Cleaning

  1. Cleaning should be performed as per any hosted dinner.  
    1. Tableware should be washed as normal, with attention paid to washing hands after touching shared items and not touching face while cleaning. 
    2. Consider wiping down higher touch areas after the dinner.

Limit Shared Items

  1. Consider disposable service wear and single-packaged or served condiments to avoid touching shared items. 
  2. Limit the number of people handling or serving food.

Ventilation

  1. Ensure good ventilation by ensuring all activities are done outdoors.  

Food Service

  1. Guests may bring their own food or the host may prepare food for sharing.  
  2. If the host is preparing food, 
    • Anyone preparing food must not be showing symptoms of COVID-19 when preparing food.
    • Limit the number of people handling or serving food.
    • Limit people going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled.
    • When serving food, consider identifying one person to serve all food so that multiple people are not handling the serving utensils.  Do not pass bowls or platters among guests. 
    • Before preparing or eating food, it is important to always wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds for general food safety
    • Regularly clean kitchen counters and use a cleaning product where food is being prepped.

Questions or comments, please email hello@onetable.org