Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance

Covid Guidelines for Attending Services as from 12 April 2021

While these restrictions remain challenging, these rules have been set up to help reduce the risk of spreading the Covid-19 virus. However, the risk of the spread of the virus can never fully be removed (in common with many other daily activities that we normally undertake) nor can we guarantee that the shul site will be Covid–free.

You should understand the personal choice you are making when attending services and if you do attend, we require absolute compliance with the following rules including a strict adherence to the 2m social distancing rule.


  • Those aged over 70 are welcome to attend services, though we recommend having both vaccines and waiting 22 days for immunity to develop

  • Those who are clinically vulnerable and/or aged over 50 should continue to take account of the enhanced risk to them pre-vaccination and for 22 days post vaccination. They should factor this into their decision-making on attendance

  • Those who are extremely clinically vulnerable, as well as those who live with them, should use their judgement as to whether to attend, even if they have received a vaccination

    Please note that the Chief Rabbi has ruled that when a vaccine is offered to you, you have a religious imperative to take it in order to protect yourself and those around you.

Please do not attend shul if:

  • you are feeling even slightly unwell on the day

  • you or anybody in your household have tested positive or are displaying symptoms of Covid-19 - including high

    temperature, a new continuous cough or loss of taste or smell

  • you are awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test

  • you or anybody in your household are self-isolating as a result of being in close contact with someone who is Covid

    positive or due to having travelled recently. This applies even if no-one in the household displays symptoms or has tested positive.

When you arrive

  • All attendees over the age of 11 are required to wear masks indoors. Please note that visors are not an acceptable form of face covering. Members must wear masks that cover the nose and mouth.

  • Please ensure you wash your hands at the outside sink by the main doors to the Wiseman Linden Hall before entering the buildings. Alcohol based anti-bacterial sanitiser is available inside should you need to clean your hands again

  • Please always keep 2m apart from anyone else

  • You will not be able to shake hands or come close to anyone else

  • Due to very restricted numbers and the need to keep track of attendees for Test and Trace, only those booked to

    attend a service will be admitted

  • Seating together with your household or support bubble is only allowed if pre-arranged with the office, whereby a

    seating plan will be confirmed in advance and seat labelling will be amended

  • Please bring your own prayer books and tallis – these will not be available in shul

  • Please keep all your belongings, including coats etc, with you at all time

Taking your seat

  • Please follow the one-way system which will be clearly signposted

  • Please also follow any instructions from the stewards, in particular regarding where to sit

  • Your seat will be 2m away from other members, other than pre-arranged seating for those in the same household /

    support bubbles

  • Please remain in your seat for the duration of the service

  • It should be noted that we will need to keep the windows and doors open for ventilation purposes and therefore the

    room temperature may feel cold - you may wish to wear warm clothing should the weather be inclement

  • If you need to use the toilet during the service, please follow the one-way system out of the service. For Shabbat

    services, simcha’s and Jewish Holidays, the toilets will be cleaned by our facilities team after each use.

  • Please note that there can be no singing at any volume from any attendee other than from the service leader


After the service

  •   Please leave promptly after the service has finished and avoid mingling, not just on the shul site but on the nearby streets

  •   Unfortunately no refreshments can be consumed on site

Service notes

 For all morning services, Pesukei Dezimra is to be davened at home

To download the guidelines please click here

Coronavirus - Useful Links

Barnet Council Latest Information and Advice Click here

Barnet Multi Faith Forum Click here

COVID 19 Testing in Barnet Click here
Barnet Covid-19 Bereavement and Counselling Service Click here
Citizens Advice Barnet help available Click here

Government travel advice: Click here

Government latest information: Click here

Jewish Bereavement Counselling Service Click here

Jewish Hospital Chaplains Visitation during Covid Click here

NHS guidance: Click here

United Synagogue Coronavirus Updates Click here

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