BBYO's COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
Due to the emergence and spread of COVID-19 over the past eighteen months, IC 2022 will look and feel slightly differently than in previous years. Our approach includes:
Every individual attending IC must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival; there will be no exceptions to this rule.
All IC attendees will be required to follow health guidelines imposed by the State of Maryland which currently includes a requirement that masks be worn indoors.
Teens will have the opportunity to upgrade to a double room (two teens, one per bed) or stay in a standard quad room (four teens, two per bed) for the length of their stay. As always, teens will have the opportunity to select their roommates.
Meal rooms and spaces will be sectioned and sized differently to accommodate smaller groups of teens eating meals together at any given time.
IC participants may not travel outside their home country within 14 days of traveling to Baltimore.
All IC participants will need to provide an emergency contact who will be available to pick them up in Baltimore within 24 hours should they become ill during IC.
BBYO is highly recommending that all IC participants receive a flu shot before arriving in Baltimore.
As always, BBYO will have medical and mental health care available onsite and procedures in place to address emergency situations.
BBYO strongly suggests all participants purchase travel insurance this year.
In fact, this past summer, BBYO successfully hosted nearly 700 teens and 150 staff members at our U.S. camp and leadership programs, and over 640 teens and 50 staff members on our Israel travel programs, without the emergence of a single COVID-19 case. We are proud of our track record and will use it as a learning opportunity for all BBYO experiences moving forward, including IC 2022. Additionally, and for the purposes of learning, we are in contact with the planners that will be running events in the facilities we will be using in Baltimore prior to IC.
There are several months remaining before IC takes place and we will continue to evaluate and adjust our plans if need be. Should an unforeseen situation materialize, such as the emergence of a new COVID-19 variant, an interruption or cessation in air travel, or new restrictions imposed by Federal or State government or health organizations like the CDC, we will reevaluate and adjust our plans. With that said, several recent reports predict a slowdown of the virus through March 2022, giving us confidence that we will be offering this event during a time where there will be far fewer COVID cases across the United States than there are today.
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.
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.
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. Here is a link to our updated vaccine policy. For IC 2022, parents will also need to present proof of their teen’s COVID-19 vaccination in order for them to attend convention.
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.