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Celebrating Rosh Hashanah safely during COVID-19

Rosh Hashanah is a time to celebrate but York Region residents are encouraged to keep health and safety in mind.

The holiday, beginning at sundown on Friday, September 18 and continuing through nightfall on Sunday, September 20, marks the first and second days of the Jewish year. It is traditionally celebrated by hearing the sounding of the ram’s horn known as the Shofar, lighting candles, eating festive meals, through prayer and attending synagogue services.

While those who celebrate will be eager to gather with family, friends and the community, it is important to keep everyone’s health in mind and practice public health guidelines to minimize the risk of COVID-19. Gatherings and private social events held at privdate dwellings in the Province of Ontario are restricted to 10 people indoors and 25 people indoors. 

Ensure your celebration creates happy memories for months and years to come by:

  • Wearing a face mask or covering, practicing physical distancing and proper hand hygiene while attending services
  • Consider leaving if the space is crowded
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Following public health guidance regarding gathering limits, no more than 10 people for indoor gatherings and no more than 25 people for outdoor gatherings
  • Limiting private gatherings to those in your social circle 
  • When hosting a gathering ensure there is enough space to physically distance, encourage guests to wash or sanitize hands frequently, request masks be worn or provide masks and disinfect common surfaces such as counter tops and door handles often

For more information, visit york.ca/covid19


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