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BAYT COVID-19 Update – January 3, 2022

The Province of Ontario announced a modified return to Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen effective 12:01AM Wednesday January 5 through January 26. This message highlights provisions relevant to BAYT (excluding changes regarding outdoor venues).


Capacity Limitations
Indoor weddings, funerals, religious services, rites, and ceremonies are limited to 50% of the capacity of the room. BAYT has been operating at 50% of the capacity of each room as posted outside each room. We are pleased to announce no changes to our davening capacities. Rules regarding masks and social distancing remain unchanged and in effect.


Organized Public Events and Social Gatherings Including Kiddushes at BAYT
All indoor food service has been suspended in Ontario. As well, indoor organized public events and social gatherings are limited to 5 or fewer people. Accordingly, BAYT must suspend all Congregational Kiddushes at least through January 22 (Parshat Yitro).


In Person Learning at BAYT
BAYT believes provincial rules applicable to religious services, rites, and ceremonies apply to in-person learning (e.g., daf yomi). In person learning will continue at BAYT. However, no food or drink may be served or consumed at in person learning events at BAYT at least through January 26. Rules regarding room capacity, wearing of masks, and social distancing remain unchanged and in effect.


BAYT Youth
Out of an abundance of caution, in person BAYT Youth programming will remain suspended as long as Ontario schools remain closed, currently through January 17. Stay tuned for details on remote BAYT Youth programming including Thursday night Mishmar and Motzei Shabbos parent-child learning.


Smachot at BAYT
BAYT catering falls under provincial rules applicable to meeting and event spaces. As announced by Premier Ford, no indoor food service is permitted in meeting and event spaces at least until January 26. BAYT has no weddings scheduled for January and February due to the renovations in the main shul. BAYT must suspend all indoor catering at least through January 26.


BAYT Vaccination Policy Unchanged
Ontario’s proof of vaccination mandate exemption for houses of worship remains unchanged. Some members have asked us to voluntarily comply with the mandate, which we have considered. BAYT will continue to take an honour-based approach regarding vaccinations.


BAYT strongly encourages all age-eligible members to obtain two COVID-19 vaccine doses and a booster. We ask age-eligible members who choose not to vaccinate to not attend BAYT. Unvaccinated persons who are not BAYT members or guests of a BAYT member may not attend BAYT.


Exposures or Possible Exposures to COVID-19 – Updated Isolation Requirements
The Province of Ontario advises to assume you have COVID-19 and are contagious if you have:

any one of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, decreased or loss of taste or smell; or
two or more of the following symptoms: runny nose or nasal congestion, headache, extreme fatigue, sore throat, muscle aches or joint pain, or gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or tested positive for COVID-19, you, and anyone you live with must isolate as follows:

12 years of age or older and fully vaccinated - Self-isolate for at least 5 days from symptom onset until symptoms have improved for 24 hours (or 48 hours if gastrointestinal symptoms) whichever is longer in duration.
Under 12 years of age regardless of vaccination status - Self-isolate for at least 5 days from symptom onset until symptoms have improved for 24 hours (or 48 hours if gastrointestinal symptoms) whichever is longer in duration.
12 years of age or older and partially vaccinated or unvaccinated - Self-isolate for 10 days from symptom onset or date of test (whichever came sooner).
Immune compromised persons (regardless of age and vaccination status) - Self-isolate for 10 days from symptom onset or date of test (whichever came sooner).

If you were exposed to others symptomatic of or who tested positive for COVID-19 and are fully vaccinated, have no symptoms, do not live with the positive case and are otherwise healthy:

self-monitor for symptoms for 10 days after last exposure,
wear a mask, practice physical distancing, and follow all public health measures, and
do not visit any high-risk settings or people who may be at higher risk of illness (such as seniors) for 10 days after last exposure.

For complete and up-to-date information, please visit ontario.ca/exposed . The Province of Ontario COVID-19 self-assessment test is available here: covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment .

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