26 May 2021 - We have been given permission from Dr Bonnie Henry's office to hold In-Person services indoors at Chabad as long we adhere to the following update Covid-19 protocols 

Below is a description of the changes made at Chabad to ensure that we are all protected against the spread of COVID-19. Also outlined, is the code of behaviour expected from those participating in these services.

This protocol adheres to the guidelines and advice provided by the BC Ministry of Health, the BC Provincial Health Officer, the BC Centre for Disease Control and was developed with the input of Dr. Patricia Daly the Vice President, Public Health and Chief Medical Health Officer for Vancouver Coastal Health and others. It is based on the current situation and will be revisited regularly and updated as needed.

Changes made at Chabad:

  • The Shul will accommodate a limited number of people. Chairs will be set up at a proper physical distance.
  • Reservations. If you wish to attend, you must register in advance. To register for services, please fill out the online registration form HERE. 
  • Entry to Chabad will be through the main door only and egress will be through the back door only. You will be asked before entering to confirm that you have completed the daily health check before attending. 
  • Services will be run in a way that ensures everyone maintains appropriate physical distance. People from the same household may stand/sit together.
  • The windows and sliding doors of the sanctuary will remain open to allow for cross-ventilation and air circulation.
  • All door handles, handrails etc will be disinfected after each service.
  • Face masks will be available for those who do not have their own.
  • Hand sanitizers will be placed at the entrance and throughout the Shul. Please make good use of them.
  • Kiddush lunches are suspended until further notice.


Code of Behaviour:

  • It is imperative that every person attending services is symptom-free. Symptoms include, cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat, fatigue or generally feeling unwell. If you have the slightest doubt about your health or the health of those living with you, please stay at home.
  • If you have traveled outside of Canada, please do not attend services until 14 days after your return to Canada.
  • Face masks must be worn covering both your nose and mouth during the entire stay at Chabad.
  • Upon entering the building, each and every person must sanitize their hands and is encouraged to use the available hand sanitizers at every opportunity. Please refrain from kissing the mezuzah or the Torah.
  • Proper physical distance must be maintained before, during, and after Services, there is to be no socializing or gathering or before or after the services, inside or outside the Shul.
  • Shaking hands, hugging, touching, or passing items between people must not occur, except between members of the same household.
  • After using the washroom, all surfaces must be disinfected as per the checklist in the sanitation station in the washroom.
  • Everyone must adhere to all of these protocols.
  • We cannot guarantee zero transmission of COVID-19 at Chabad. Each individual, and in particular attendees in high-risk categories, should weigh the risks and benefits of attending services in consultation with a medical professional. No one should feel compelled to attend services, and should only attend if you are completely symptom-free. 

Please note: Until further notice, all weekly classes will continue to run virtually on Zoom. Please visit our website www.ChabadRichmond.com/Calendar for online learning and events.

Everyone who attends the service must carry out a daily health check, which means reviewing the questions on the  health check poster  HERE before attending