Health and Safety Policies-Games

Maccabiah Games Health and Safety Policies

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:

Vaccine requirements:

Maccabi World Union currently requires:

  • Three (3) doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine, with the third dose administered at any time before the Maccabiah Games, or
  • Two (2) doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine, if the second dose will be administered on or after March 30th, 2022.

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.


  • A PCR test within 72 hours before arrival in Israel and a secondary test upon landing;
  • Rapid testing of all delegates before large events, Ex: Opening and Closing Ceremonies


  • If a delegate becomes ill and has a positive rapid antigen test (RAT), he or she will be moved to a room to quarantine in the same hotel. The delegate will be given a PCR test that day. If the test is negative, they will be allowed to rejoin the games immediately. If the PCR test is positive, they will remain in isolation and have a RAT test on days 4 and 5. If both RAT tests are negative, they can rejoin the games. If the RAT test is positive, they will quarantine for 7 days.
  • If the delegate’s roommate is fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, no testing or isolation will be required for the roommate.
  • If the delegate’s roommate is symptomatic, they must follow the aforementioned quarantine protocols.
  • All costs associated with testing and quarantine while in Israel, will be borne by MWU.
  • If a delegate needs to remain in Israel following the Maccabiah Games due to COVID-19 or a positive RAT test, MWU will pay all associated hotel, food and medical care cost.


  • Masks are required indoors when there are more than 50 people present. Ex: the holding area for the Opening Ceremonies.

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 - 2022 Maccabiah Games Covid-19 Policy - December 16, 2021

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.

Maccabi Canada – 2022 Maccabiah Games COVID-19 Policy - November 4,2021

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.

Maccabi Canada – 2022 Maccabiah Games COVID-19 Policy - September 2021

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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