Over 2 months ago, out of an abundance of caution, we closed the doors to Chabad Richmond. It was a preemptive measure taken, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, made to safeguard the health and welfare of everyone in our community.

After consulting with medical experts and community leaders, I am very pleased to announce that G‑d willing, as of this coming Shabbat, June 6th, the doors to the Chabad Family Shul will be open again!

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:

  • We will be opening for Shabbat morning services, with services beginning at 10 am. And we will be opening for Sunday morning services, with services beginning at 8:30 am.
  • 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 by 1pm on Friday.
  • Please bring your own Talit in a bag to Chabad on Friday, during office hours, 9 am - 3 pm.
  • Entry to Chabad will be through the main door only and egress will be through the back door only. 
  • Services will be run in a way that ensures everyone maintains appropriate physical distance. People from the same household may stand together.
  • Sidurim, Chumashim (prayer and Torah books) and Talitot will not be used or touched for at least 72 hours before Services.
  • The windows 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. 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.
  • These services are open persons age 11 and up. Everyone must adhere to all of these protocols.
  • Face masks must be worn 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, including during the Torah reading.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Click here to register for services.