COVID Re-Entry Plan
COVID-19 is dangerous. As OneTable permits in-person dinners with people outside of a host’s household, among the options for a OneTable Shabbat, 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.
At any time, there have been some regions in the US experiencing reductions in serious cases, while others have been experiencing increases in serious cases. There has been nothing uniform about the experience of COVID-19 in the US, and we are a national organization.
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!). And you may live in regions with reduced cases and relaxed restrictions.
In light of all of this, we continue to consider our policy.
We want to start by noting that congregating with additional people at a Shabbat dinner (or anywhere else) presents a risk of contracting COVID-19. There’s just no risk-free way to interact with people in real life. So, our first recommendation is to continue having Shabbat dinner as you have been since March.
For those of you who have begun generally to gather with people who are not your roommates, and where your health departments (city, county, and state) permit it, we have established minimum requirements for in-person dinners (see below). A host may 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.
As regions throughout the country experience increases and decreases in serious cases of COVID-19, health departments may loosen and tighten their restrictions. We cannot provide detailed requirements for each region. We need you to be aware of the health department requirements that apply to your area at the time of a dinner you are hosting or attending.
One last thing: Masking. Wearing a mask is an important practice to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We require all participants to be masked at a dinner, other than when they are seated six feet apart and eating dinner. (We recognize that eating is a bit challenging while wearing a mask.)
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.
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.
Requirements for Outdoor Socially-Distant dinners hosted by OneTable community members:
- We allow up to 10 people total per dinner to gather, OR whatever smaller number can be accommodated with 6 feet of distance between each person/household where the dinner will be held.
- Everyone should be masked other than when they are seated, eating dinner, and 6 feet apart.
- Outdoor space only: we ask that you plan to use parks for this purpose; private backyards are acceptable if large enough to accommodate 6 feet of space between each participant. Note: in the case of inclement weather the only options are: cancel/reschedule dinner, move to virtual dinner, have dinner with roommates only. Under no circumstances should dinners be moved inside.
- If hosting in a private backyard, the host should wipe down high-touch surfaces and have masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies readily available to all participants. Do not allow guests into your home for any reason.
- Ensure there is adequate space for everyone to be 6 feet apart at all times.
- No sharing of food or drinks, especially home-cooked. Everyone should bring their own food and utensils.
- No sharing of ritual items like challah or kiddush cup (either the host does all rituals on behalf of your guests, or guests bring their own items).
- Have hand sanitizer available and prominently displayed.
- Stay home if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, take your temperature before heading out to dinner; if a host develops symptoms they must cancel the dinner.
- Can be “host approval” or “private” dinner types (Nourishment will be $10 per person for both dinner types).
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