COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

Learn more about BBYO’s coronavirus preparedness and response

Updated September 10, 2020

BBYO Ontario is committed to the safety, health and well-being of our members, participants and staff. As our community monitors the news about the spread of COVID-19, we want to assure you that we are keeping up to date on the situation, listening to recommendations coming from appropriate authorities, talking with parents and teens, and taking proactive steps to minimize disease transmission.

As of September 13th, BBYO Ontario is entering Phase 2 of our reopening, permitting in-person events of up to 50 people (teens and adults) with the following criteria in place:

  • Meetings and events will take place at outdoor locations or indoor spaces suitable for physical distancing. Everyone present must remain at least 2 metres apart and masks must be worn inside at all times and at outdoor events when maintaining a distance of 2 metres is a challenge (e.g. any time you are not stationary). Participant temperatures will be taken upon arrival at all indoor gatherings. Overnight events are not permitted during this phase.
  • Participants and their parents, as well as advisors and volunteers, will be required to sign a waiver before resuming participation in any in-person programming (this is a one-time requirement), and to review and agree to the conditions in the waiver prior to attending each subsequent in-person activity.
  • Families who agree to host a meeting or event at their home (indoors or outside) will be required to sign an additional waiver.
  • Participants must be pre-registered to attend any meeting or event during this phase. Walk-ins will not be permitted to participate. Teens must bring their own supplies (mask, sanitizer, computer, pen/paper, water/snacks, etc.). Sharing supplies or food is not permitted.

Chapter and Regional Events

We’ve made modifications to our Regional Calendar for the Fall Term to offer a mix of in-person, hybrid and virtual programs that meet our reopening guidelines. Visit your chapter website for the most up-to-date calendar of meetings and programs.

Virtual Programming

We will continue to offer ways for all members to connect with us virtually by offering an exciting lineup of live and on-demand virtual programs using BBYO On Demand, our virtual program platform. Tune in to learn, debate, study, laugh, connect, and so much more. Our virtual program schedule feels a lot like a special ‘TV channel’ that you can tune into and enjoy from whatever time zone you’re in as often as you’d like. There are locally-hosted programs and even global events that we can all share in whether we’re across town or halfway around the world. We have hundreds of programs you can join over the Fall Term, so sit back, grab a snack, and find yourself right here!

Preventing COVID-19

In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within communities and across the country, the Public Health Agency of Canada advises all Canadians to:

  • Avoid closed spaces, crowded places, close contact and non-essential travel
  • Stay home and away from others if you feel sick
  • Stick to a small and consistent social circle and avoid gathering in large groups
  • Talk to your employer about working at home if possible
  • Limit contact with people at higher risk, such as older adults and those with underlying medical conditions or weakened immune systems
  • Keep a distance of at least 2 arms lengths (approximately 2 metres) from others
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • When coughing or sneezing, cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand, and dispose of any tissues you’ve used as soon as possible in a lined wastebasket and wash your hands immediately afterwards
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid common greetings, such as handshakes
  • Wear a non-medical mask or face covering while out in public is recommended for periods of time when it’s not possible to consistently maintain a 2-metre physical distance from others, particularly in crowded public settings, such as shopping areas, public transportation, stores and personal service settings.

We encourage you to visit the Public Health Agency of Canada website for the most up-to-date information and recommendations.

More Information

Our goal is to continue to provide engaging, exciting, and healthy programs for all Jewish teens. In the weeks and months ahead, we will continue to make decisions about programs by following guidelines disseminated from local, provincial and federal health agencies, and we will continue to keep you posted regarding the status of BBYO programs and events.

If you have any specific questions or concerns, please contact BBYO Ontario at 416.398.2004 or

BBYO Ontario – Toronto

4588 Bathurst St #1-22
Toronto, ON M2R 1W6

BBYO Ontario – Vaughan

9600 Bathurst St #2104
Vaughan, ON L6A 3Z8