Temple Beth Zion looking to get reopening right

Posted at 4:00 AM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 06:15:06-04

AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — All religious services can be held now as long as the facilities are at 25 percent capacity.

For Temple Beth Zion in Amherst and Buffalo, they are not going to rush an opening until they are over prepared.

"There is an eagerness that, at the same time, has to be balanced by responsibility," said Temple Beth Zion Executive Director Jeff Clark.

According to Clark, Temple Beth Zion could fit approximately 250 people under the current guidelines.

Despite the space, they don't feel a rush to reopen until they can absolutely ensure safety.

"We want to make sure that when that day comes we are first and foremost watching out for everyone's safety," Clark said.

The process to get to a reopening starts with PPE orders, ensuring social distancing, and prepping employees.

Clark says he is taking the reopening process as serious as he is due to the need for places of worship to give a release.

"We're eager to be together in general and more specifically for the things as an institution that we provide," Clark said. "We are our own family and people want to be there for each other."

Temple Beth Zion will announce their reopening date on their website which can be found here.