COVID-19 Information and Restrictions

As the spread of COVID-19 continues, it is important for all of us to take proper measures to ensure the safety of our families and those around us. The Minnie Manger Marcia Lieberman Mikvah at Agudath Sholom is taking all proper precautions as recommended by the CDC. Below are the protocols currently in place to ensure the mikvah remains a safe and sacred experience for everyone. Please read the following information regarding protocols during COVID-19, and answer all screen questions below.
  • All mikvah staff and users will be screened (see questions below) before being allowed to enter the mikvah. Only women who are symptom-free may use the mikvah. Please do not come to the Mikvah with any symptoms of illness, including fever, vomiting, diarrhea, coughing and/or upper respiratory infection. 
  • The following women may NOT use the mikvah: 
    • Women with any potential symptoms of COVID-19, or who have a family member who may have any of the potential symptoms of COVID-19, even if they are mild are prohibited from using the mikvah. These include fever (>100.0F), cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, diarrhea, or vomiting.
    • Women who have had symptoms are asked to avoid the mikvah for at least 7 days after symptoms began and for at least 72 hours after all symptoms have resolved (whichever is longer), even if they have not been tested or have had negative COVID-19 testing (NYC DOH recommendations)
    • Women who have been exposed to a person with known or suspected COVID-19 are asked not to utilize the mikvah for 14 days following.
    • Women instructed to be in voluntary or precautionary quarantine by their physician or local department of health should not utilize the mikvah until they have completed their quarantine.
    • Women who have traveled internationally or to (or come from) one of the states that are now included on the 14 day quarantine travel advisory issued by the state of Connecticut (list of states can be found https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/travel within the last 14 days 
    • Women who test positive for COVID-19 should delay mikvah use until cleared by their physician or the local department of health to leave isolation
  • All mikvah users are required to complete all preparations at home. Showering and combing hair should be done at home as close to leaving for the mikvah as possible. 
  • Mikvah preparation rooms will be closed. Changing and your own final check will take place in the room with the immersion pool. 
  • The mikvah staff are taking care to space out appointments to make sure only one mikvah user will be in the building at a time. Women should wait in their cars until the attendant invites them into the mikvah by call/text. 
  • Please make sure to pay for your mikvah appointment online at the CAS website or through Venmo. No cash or checks will be accepted at the mikvah at this time. Additionally, please leave any items you don't need for your appointment (such as purses) in the car. 
  • Any surface in the mikvah pool room touched by a mikvah user will be cleaned in between each user with a disinfectant. The floors of the Mikvah are cleaned daily with a disinfectant.
  • All mikvah users should check their own hands and feet (in addition to the rest of the body) prior to entering the mikvah pool. The mikvah attendant will not have direct physical contact with any mikvah user and will stand at a distance of 6 feet while watching the immersion. 
 
We all know the importance of Taharat Mishpacha, and the urgent role it plays in our marriage and family lifestyle.
 
Please feel free to reach out to us with any concerns or questions.
 
Additionally, please click here to be added to the mikvah mailing list. 
 
Screening questions: (each screening question must be answered) 
  1. During the last 14 days, have you had contact with anyone who has lab-confirmed COVID-19, is under investigation for COVID-19, or is hospitalized or being treated at home for a respiratory or febrile illness?
  2. Have you or any one in your home had any of the following symptoms in the past 14 days?
    • Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher?
    • Cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?
    • Pneumonia/flu symptoms?
  3. Do you reside outside of the Fairfield County area?
  4. Have you traveled to (or come from) one of the states that are now included on the 14 day quarantine travel advisory issued by the State of Connecticut  (list of states can be found https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/travel within the last 14 days ?