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BAYT COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Signing Up for a Minyan at BAYT
Members wishing to attend a minyan at BAYT should sign up in advance via SignUp Genius. Minyanim are open to members only. Please only sign up people from your household. When you sign up to attend a minyan at BAYT, you expressly agree to strictly follow BAYT’s COVID-19 protocols without exception. Other shuls’ protocols are not relevant to your decision to attend a minyan at BAYT. Please cancel your sign up and do not attend minyan if you are unable to attend for whatever reason.


While Attending a Minyan at BAYT
•    Wear a face covering such as a non-medical mask (see below). 
•    Do not congregate with others during or after davening. Come to BAYT to daven and please leave quietly. The serving of any food or beverages (e.g., Kiddush Clubs) is not allowed at this time.
•    Do not crowd when leaving BAYT. Please leave the building single file and socially distanced 2 metres apart. Once outside BAYT, please walk away from the doors so others can leave quickly and safely.
•    Avoid touching doors and door handles. Doors through which you need to pass are open. Please do not touch the doors, as you may cause them to close. If a door is closed, please let the facilities staff know.
•    Sit in designated seating. In the main shul, sit only in seats marked with green tape on back of the seat. Please do not sit alone in a group of green taped seats. Do not move chairs around in other minyanim. 


When Not to Sign Up for or Attend a Minyan at BAYT
1.    You or a “close contact” are awaiting a COVID test result;
2.    you were in “close contact” with someone who tested positive for, or who has any symptoms of COVID-19;
3.    you were in “close contact” with anyone in self-isolation (even if asymptomatic) including anyone in your household. This includes children in self-isolation due to a COVID-19 case in school or a carpool;
4.    you have been outside of Canada within the past 14 days;
5.    you were around others (e.g., workplace, other minyan or gathering) and did not practice proper social distancing and/or masking, even once, within the past 14 days; or
6.    you feel unwell or have any acute illness, even if you or your doctor do not believe you have COVID-19.


“Close Contacts” Include
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.


If you or a “close contact” have any common symptoms of COVID-19, please get a COVID test, STAY HOME, self-isolate and advise “close contacts” with whom you were in close physical contact with in the prior 48 hours to monitor their health and to self isolate. Do not sign up for a minyan. 


Face Coverings (Such as Non-Medical Masks)
The Province of Ontario Emergency Order requires the use of “a face covering (non-medical mask, such as a cloth mask) in public indoor spaces and whenever physical distancing is a challenge.” with limited exception. Upon entry into and while inside BAYT everyone should wear a face covering such as a mon-medical mask, including the ba’al tefillah (who leads prayers) and ba’al korei (who layns from the sefer Torah). 


Health Canada advises that a “non-medical mask or face covering” should:


•    fit securely to the head with ties or ear loops;
•    maintain its shape after washing and drying;
•    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.


Any type of plastic face shield or mouth/nose covering by itself does not replace a face covering or mask because it does not completely cover the nose, mouth and chin with a barrier that prevents spread of respiratory droplets. 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.


The sole purpose of BAYT’s COVID-19 Protocols is to keep our members and guests as safe as possible while at BAYT. Accordingly, BAYT cannot permit exceptions to our COVID-19 Protocols including our masking requirements. 


Family and Guests Returning to or Entering Canada (even if partially or fully vaccinated)
Travellers returning to Canada must quarantine for 14 days whether arriving by air or road, whether they have been vaccinated, had a COVID infection or a negative COVID test result. Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) advises all travellers upon entry to Canada that they must completely isolate during their 14-day quarantine period from anybody else in their household. If complete isolation is not possible, they are advised that other household members must also quarantine for the entire 14 days. 


If you have anyone in your household returning to or entering Canada from abroad who are or will be in mandatory 14-day self-isolation, please do not sign up for or attend a minyan at BAYT unless they are completely isolated from the rest of your household for the entirety of the 14 days quarantine period. This applies even if he/she has been vaccinated, had a COVID infection or a negative COVID test.


Common Symptoms of COVID-19 Per the Ontario Ministry of Health
•    fever (feeling hot to the touch, a temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius or higher) or chills
•    cough that's new or worsening (continuous, more than usual)
•    barking cough, making a whistling noise when breathing (croup)
•    shortness of breath (out of breath, unable to breathe deeply)
•    sore throat, difficulty swallowing
•    runny, stuffy, or congested nose (not related to seasonal allergies or other known causes or conditions)
•    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
•    for young children and infants: sluggishness or lack of appetite.


Report Illness and Positive COVID Test Results to BAYT Immediately


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. BAYT will notify York Public Health of positive COVID cases brought to our attention. Two or more positive COVID test results among attendees of one minyan at BAYT can result in declaration of a legal “outbreak” by York Region Health mandating ALL persons who were in attendance self-isolate for 14 days, even those who practiced proper social distancing and masking.
 

Sun, May 9 2021 27 Iyyar 5781