As a global youth-serving organization, BBYO always prioritizes the safety, health and well-being of our teens, professionals, volunteers, and community.

Due to the emergence and spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant over the last few months, IC 2022 will look and feel slightly differently than in previous years. We have actively developed plans to address the challenges posed by it in order to provide members of the BBYO community with an incredible in-person experience at IC. To convene successfully, everyone in attendance at IC—including teen participants, staff, volunteers, and guests—must commit to steps that protect themselves and our entire community with respect and dignity. To assist participants and their families in clearly understanding this year's guidelines, we developed this document which summarizes the COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements and policies for IC 2022.

In consultation with our Medical Advisory Committee, we have identified the following health and safety protocols which will remain in place throughout this year’s event:

For more details on BBYO's COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements and policies, please review this document.

Based on these guidelines, and in consultation with BBYO’s Medical Advisory Committee, we are confident we can safely move forward with plans to gather in-person at IC 2022. IC gives us all the chance to find meaning in being together, strength in our Jewish community, and the opportunity to feel The Power of Us.

Will participants be traveling to offsite locations during IC?

Yes. IC participants will have an opportunity to see some extraordinary sites around two of the East Coast’s most dynamic locations: Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland. Sightseeing options will feature a wide range of opportunities including participating in community service projects, visiting renowned DC museums, dropping by the beautiful Baltimore waterfront, and enjoying any number of unique guided experiences these cities have to offer. BBYO’s staff and medical team will assess each individual location participants will visit in order to ensure it meets our health and safety requirements. In some cases, locations may be adjusted, or alternate experiences may be offered.

Will I need my vaccine card or a copy of it on me during IC?

Yes. All participants should have a physical copy, photo copy, or digital version of their vaccine card. Many offsite locations have recently announced that they will require vaccine verification for patrons 12 and older.

What happens if I test positive today (within 14 days or arriving in Baltimore at IC)?  

Unfortunately if you test positive within 14 days of your scheduled arrival at IC, you will not be able to join us this year. We are able to offer you $500 towards Summer 2022 programming (CLTC, ILTC, International Kallah, Camp BBYO or Israel travel) or IC 2023 in Dallas, Texas.

What if I had COVID in the last 90 days? What are my testing requirements?

PCR tests will not be required if someone has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, only rapid tests. In this situation, a participant must upload their positive PCR from their original test date along with a note from their doctor stating that they are no longer contagious. They must still do a lab certified rapid antigen test and it must come back negative. Review this document for BBYO's most up to date testing requirements.

Can FDA approved at-home rapid tests be used instead of a “lab certified rapid antigen test”?

No, at-home rapid tests will not be accepted. The only exception to this rule is an at-home rapid test that is lab certified. This is where an at-home test is performed in front of a lab technician online via a virtual visit. You can get more information about this option here.

Will there be live indoor performances at IC?

Yes. Attendees of live performances must continue to wear masks while indoors. While onstage, performers may remove their mask while talking or playing an instrument that cannot be played while wearing a mask.

What is BBYO’s IC Vaccination Policy?

As part of the registration process for any overnight program, including IC, families will be asked to confirm that their teens have been vaccinated for both COVID-19 and childhood vaccines. BBYO’s most updated immunization policy can be found here. For IC 2022, parents will also need to present proof of their teen’s COVID-19 vaccination (including booster, if applicable) in order for them to attend convention.

How will delegates who live outside of the U.S. obtain the required PCR test before flying home?

For all Canadian and international delegates joining us at IC 2022, BBYO is arranging and covering the cost for PCR testing In Baltimore before they return home. Additional details will be forthcoming prior to the event.