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BAYT COVID-19 PROTOCOLS Effective June 30, 2021

BAYT’s COVID-19 Protocols incorporate Health Canada and Province of Ontario guidelines by reference. The Province of Ontario will enter Phase 3 of our reopening plan effective July 16, 2021.

Capacity Limitations Applicable to Religious Services (Including Weddings but Not Receptions)
Under Phase 3, the number of persons occupying any room in the building or structure while attending a religious service must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres from every other person in the room. BAYT’s current indoor capacity limitations for religious services neither increase nor decrease under the Phase 3 regulation and will remain as posted. Our existing capacity limitations allow persons to maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres from other persons as required under the Phase 3 regulations.

Under Phase 3, persons attending indoor religious services at BAYT must comply with public health guidance on physical distancing and face coverings. The only masking exception applicable to BAYT under Phase 3 involves summer camp programs for children.

Each location at BAYT has the capacity limit posted outside the room. The capacity of the main shul for religious services (including a chuppah) is 250 persons. Please sit only in seats marked with green tape on back of the seat. Do not move chairs around in other minyanim.

Outdoor capacity for religious services remains limited to permit 2 metres physical distancing under Phase 3. The capacity for the Chuppah Garden for religious services is 75 persons.

By law, all persons attending religious services must comply with public health guidance on physical distancing. Face coverings are not required at an outdoor religious service.

Face Coverings Still Required Inside BAYT (No Changes from Phase 2)
Province of Ontario Phase 3 emergency regulations require everyone to wear a face covering such as a non-medical mask while attending an indoor religious service. In part, Health Canada advises that a “non-medical mask or face covering” should be made of at least two layers of tightly woven material (such as cotton or linen) and be large enough to cover the nose and mouth completely and comfortably without gaping.

A plastic face shield or mouth/nose covering alone does not replace a face covering or mask because it does not completely cover the nose, mouth, and chin. If you choose to wear either a plastic face shield or mouth/nose covering, you also need to wear a mask made of at least two layers of tightly woven material large enough to completely cover your nose and mouth without gaping. Outside the BAYT, face coverings are recommended but not mandatory.

Kiddush at BAYT After Davening
A Kiddush meets the definition of a “social gathering associated with a religious service” under the Provincial regulations. Under Phase 3, attendance at a kiddush is limited to no more than 25 persons indoors and no more than 100 persons outdoors. Face coverings are required to be worn at an indoor kiddush unless one is eating or drinking. Face coverings are not required outdoors.

Please be patient with us as we finalize plans to accommodate kiddush both inside and outside BAYT.

Wedding Receptions and Similar Events (Including Kiddush After Davening) Under Phase 3
BAYT is considered a “meeting or event space” under Provincial emergency regulations. We have determined BAYT can host indoor receptions of up to 250 persons in Perlis Hall, up to 80 persons in Rebbetzin Judy Taub Hall and up to 40 persons in the Simcha Suite, based on two new capacity limitations under Phase 3.

First, the total number of persons permitted inside BAYT for an event(s) at any one time is limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres from every other person inside BAYT not to exceed the lesser of 50 per cent capacity of all rooms available for events (i.e., excluding rooms not available for use events) or 1,000 persons inside the entire building.

Second, the number of people permitted in a particular room inside BAYT for an event is limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres from every other person in the room not to exceed 50 per cent capacity of the room.

The total number of persons permitted at an outdoor reception at BAYT may not exceed 75 persons (i.e., 75% of Chuppah Garden capacity).

For all events both indoor and out, tables must be 2 metres apart from one another. Guests must wear facial coverings at all times except when eating or drinking. All hosts are required to provide BAYT in advance with a list of the names and contact information of all attendees which BAYT is required by law to maintain for one month after the event.

Please contact Karen Zilberberg for more information regarding events receptions at BAYT including specific capacity limitations (karen@bayt.ca).

Changes to Schedule of Weekday and Sunday Shacharis Start Times Effective Friday July 16
Effective Friday July 16, weekday morning davening times at BAYT will be as follows:

6:15 AM Birchos HaShachar - Yishtabach at 6:30 AM sharp in the Turk Beis Medrash
6:45 AM Birchos HaShachar - Yishtabach at 7:00 AM sharp in the Chuppah Garden
7:15 AM Birchos HaShachar - Yishtabach at 7:30 AM sharp in the Turk Beis Medrash
8:30 AM Birchos HaShachar in the Chuppah Garden
Sunday morning:

6:45 AM Birchos HaShachar - Yishtabach at 7:00 AM sharp in the Turk Beis Medrash
7:45 AM Birchos HaShachar - Yishtabach at 8:00 AM sharp in the Turk Beis Medrash
9:00 AM Birchos HaShachar in the Chuppah Garden
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The above changes will not apply on Tisha B’Av.

Many who attend the current 6:30 AM weekday minyan have early work commitments. Moving the start time to 6:15AM accommodates their needs as well as the preference of others to daven Birchos HaShachar in a minyan without rushing.

The changes to the new weekday minyan starting at 6:45 AM replicates our old 6:45 minyan while accommodating the preference of those who prefer to daven Birchos HaShachar in a minyan without rushing. The 6:45 minyan will take place in the Chuppah Garden.

The change to the weekday minyan starting at 7:15 AM accommodates more members who prefer an earlier, unrushed minyan.

BAYT will return to a full Chazaras HaShatz at our regular weekday mincha.

Changes to Schedule of Shabbos Start Times Effective Friday July 16
The late Erev Shabbos mincha/maariv is cancelled due to lack of a minyan over the past few weeks.
Shabbos morning davening times at BAYT will be as follows:
7:30 AM Birchos HaShachar in the Turk Beis Medrash
8:20 AM Birchos HaShachar – Shochen Ad at 8:45 AM sharp in the Chuppah Garden
8:50 AM Birchos HaShachar – Shochen Ad at 9:15 AM sharp in the Main Shul

The change to the start time in the main shul on Shabbat is intended to improve decorum.

The change to the start time of the Chuppah Garden minyan frees up the space for Youth and other activities.

BAYT will continue to offer two mincha/maariv minyanim on Shabbos. The first (in the chuppah garden) will end prior to the conclusion of Shabbos. The indoor minyan will conclude at the end of Shabbos.

Quarantine Exemption for Certain Fully Vaccinated Travellers Entering Canada After July 5, 2021
BAYT reminds our members that fully vaccinated members granted exemption from quarantine by a Canadian government representative upon entry into Canada can attend a minyan at BAYT. Please read about these important provisions here: https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/covid-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada 
Who Should Not Attend a Minyan at BAYT (No Changes from Phase 2)
      You Feel Unwell, even if You or Your Doctor Do Not Believe It is COVID-19
The Ontario Ministry of Health advises to stay home if you or anyone living with you have any of the following symptoms unrelated to other known causes or conditions you already have: fever or chills; cough, barking cough or shortness of breath; sore throat or difficulty swallowing; runny, stuffy, or congested nose; lost sense of taste or smell; pink eye (conjunctivitis); headache that is unusual or long lasting; digestive issues (nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain); muscle aches; extreme tiredness that is unusual (fatigue, lack of energy); falling down often and for young children and infants: sluggishness or lack of appetite.
    You or a “Close Contact” Has or May Be Suspected of Having COVID-19
This includes anyone who has tested positive for or is awaiting a COVID test result; has any symptoms of COVID-19; is in self-isolation (even if asymptomatic); was outside of Canada within the past 14 days and does not qualify for a federal quarantine exemption; or received a COVID Alert exposure notification on their cell phone in the past 14 days. If any of these apply to you or some one you were in “close contact” with, please do not attend BAYT.

Ontario defines a “close contact” as (1) someone with whom you have been within 2 metres for more than 10 minutes; (2) someone who lives in your household or provides care to you; (3) someone with whom you have had close physical contact including a handshake; or (4) someone who accidently coughed, sneezed or spit on you while talking with you.

Report Illness and Positive COVID Test Results to BAYT Immediately (No Changes from Phase 2)

If you attended a minyan at BAYT, please let us know immediately if you receive a positive COVID-19 test result or if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and are awaiting a test result.

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