Maccabi Canada is closely monitoring the ongoing pandemic both in Canada and Israel. We would like to assure our prospective athletes and staff that your health and safety remains our priority.
In response to the pandemic, Maccabi Canada established a COVID-19 Committee, consisting of Dr. Tommy Bacher, Dr. Ian Cohen, and Dr. Daniel Warshafsky. These experts will continue to advise our organization on best practices for the entire Maccabiah Games process, from the moment an athlete is recruited until our delegation safely returns to Canada.
Following the advice of our committee as well as the latest health guidelines and safety protocols in place both in Canada and Israel, Maccabi Canada’s policies will continue to evolve throughout the next 12 months.
Maccabi Canada - 2022 Maccabiah Games Covid-19 Policy – June 16, 2022
Toronto Training Camps Requirements:
Screening questionnaire must be completed prior to arrival to Toronto training camps
If you answers yes to any of the COVID screening questions, a RAT negative test result will be needed to join the training camp.
PCR test is NOT required!
Maccabi Canada - 2022 Maccabiah Games Covid-19 Policy – June 12, 2022
Vaccine requirement update
Delegates third dose is required 14 days prior to departure.
June 21 for Juniors and staff departing on July 6
June 27 for Open, Masters, and staff departing on July 11
Maccabi Canada - 2022 Maccabiah Games Covid-19 Policy – March 24, 2022
Maccabi World Union, the organizers of the games confirmed that as of March 13, the Maccabiah Games will operate under the following COVID-19 protocols:
Maccabi World Union currently requires:
However, should MWU choose to downgrade their vaccine requirements at any point, Maccabi Canada will still require all delegation members to meet the above vaccine requirements.
Maccabi Canada Covid-19 committee feels that MWU has been sufficiently responsive to our advocacy and has agreed to create safeguards against COVID-19 infection in high-risk settings and allow MC to provide medical care and support for all team members when isolation is required.
The Committee strongly recommends that MC inform all team members, including family of Junior athletes, that we expect COVID-19 to be an ongoing risk for illness during the games. Information should be provided indicating that we anticipate that symptomatic infection is likely to occur in 1-5% of the team over the course of the Games. The medical team will follow the most up to date guidance on the management of cases and contacts. However, athletes should be made aware that infection during the Games may mean that participation in tournaments may not be possible.
As stated above, Maccabi Canada will continue to evaluate the COVID-19 situation in Israel and provide updates regarding protocols from both the State of Israel and Maccabi World Union.
Please be aware that the above protocols, as well as Maccabi Canada’s decision, may change as the impact of COVID-19 remains dynamic.
Maccabi Canada recommends that every member of our delegation adheres to public health guidelines outlined by the local, provincial and federal government, including obtaining a COVID-19 booster vaccine when eligible.
Our delegation will be subject to the rules and regulations of Israel at the time of entry in July. Maccabi Canada will continue to work with Maccabi World Union to understand how any new regulations will affect our delegation.
On November 1st the Israeli Government announced its new regulations for all visitors entering Israel.
Please find the latest update from the Israeli Ministry of Health HERE.
Maccabi Canada is presently working with the organizing committee to understand how these new regulations will affect our delegation.
We will provide further updates as soon as they become available.
All members of the Canadian delegation must be fully vaccinated in order to participate in the 21st Maccabiah Games. Fully vaccinated means being vaccinated in accordance with National, Provincial and Local government health authority guidelines and standards in Canada and Israel as of June 2022, and that they received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before providing the proof of being fully vaccinated.
All members of the Canadian delegation must provide proof of a negative (PCR) COVID test, at their own expense, prior to joining the delegation pre-camp activities and / or the departure to Israel.
All members of the Canadian delegation must notify the Maccabi Canada office if they contract COVID– 19 on or after April 1st, 2022*.
Maccabi Canada will update this COVID-19 policy as needed, between now and up to the completion of the M21 Maccabiah Games in accordance with all National, Provincial and Local government health authorities and guidelines in Canada and Israel. Please make sure to check our policy periodically.
*Recovered COVID-19 patients will test positive for sometime after their recovery. Israel may allow for an exemption from a PCR test in these cases pending a special application process and approval. Please make sure to notify us if you have tested positive for COVID-19 on or after April 1st 2022.
To read Maccabi World Union's Covid-19 letter as of September 2021, click HERE.
Please note that these requirements are subject to change, depending on local and provincial guidelines and recommendations from Maccabi Canada’s COVID-19 committee.
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