COVID-19 Updates and Protocol
The Maddie Leventhal Mikveh Centre located at the Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto has long established protocols to ensure, to the best we can, that attending the mikveh will be a safe, secure and healthy experience. Please take comfort in knowing that we have once again reviewed and revised our protocols in response to COVID-19 and have the following in place as a part of our new mikvah guidelines:
Updated Mikvah Guidelines:
1. The Maddie Leventhal Mikvah at BAYT is attempting to maintain a high level of cleanliness and disinfection during the Coronavirus outbreak. Even though we would normally wish to make our Mikvah as accessible as possible to as many people as possible, for safety reasons we must currently limit access to the Mikvah in an unprecedented way, something which we do with much regret.
2. In order to diminish the risk of virus contamination, we are limiting the maximum number of daily users to 6. Since use is by appointment only, we will take the first 6 women’s appointments per day. The rest will have to defer until a later evening when the Mikvah is not as busy.
a. Priority for appointments will be given as follows:
i. BAYT Members
ii. Regular BAYT Mikvah users
iii. People from outside of our Thornhill vicinity who would like to use the Mikvah
3. Only women who are symptom free may use the Mikvah. If you are symptom free but have been exposed to someone with the virus, you may not use the Mikvah. If you have returned from out of the country in the past 14 days or for any other reason have been ordered to be under self-quarantine, you may not use the Mikvah.
Here are some of the questions you will be asked upon your screening:
• Have you been tested for COVID-19? • Have you or anyone in your home experienced any of the following in the last 14 days: o Fever (>38C) o Chills o Shortness of breath o Coughing o Sore throat or hoarse voice o Difficulty swallowing o Loss of smell/taste o Nausea or Vomiting or diarrhea or abdominal pain o Runny nose/sneezing/nasal congestion o Persistent Headache o or unexplained feeling of unwell (Ministry of health COVID-19 reference document for symptoms version 2.0 May 2, 2020) If you have answered YES to ANY of the symptoms mentioned above, YOU CANNOT COME TO THE MIKVEH.
4. Mikvah appointments are being staggered to ensure that no one will be in a room with each other for more than a few minutes. There will not be multiple women in the waiting room.
5. To avoid cross-contamination, all users should leave their items such as purses and phones in their car. Payment for the mikvah will be sent via email to avoid payment transactions at the mikvah. Please note no supplies or towels will be provided at the mikvah as a precautionary measure. All preparation must be done immediately before your arrival.
6. All Mikvah attendants will wear new gloves for each user and will wear a mask during their time as an attendant. All surfaces will be wiped down with a disinfectant between each user and at the end of the evening.
7. The Mikvah attendant will remain at a distance of two meters from the Mikvah user, and will be able to do a visual inspection ONLY of the user. Please do not ask the attendant to come any closer to you for any reason.
8. The Mikvah will be tested with chlorine testing strips in-between each use to ensure that chlorine levels are at an acceptable level. If the chlorine levels are below the recommended level, we will turn on the filter for 5 minutes, then turn off the filter and test the levels again before allowing the next woman to immerse.
9. Although this is not normally recommended, under the current health condition we recommend that after Mikvah use, one should go home and take a thorough hot shower with soap and shampoo (see Sefer Tahara K’Halacha, vol. 2 p. 567, footnote 93, quoting Rav S.Z. Aurbach zt”l).
10. After you have successfully answered all our questions, you will receive an invoice and a confirmation that you have answered all our screeing questions honestly.
Thank you for your understanding,
Rabbi Daniel Korobkin, Morah D’Asra, The Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto
Lisa Berman & Sonya Kaplan, Co-Chairs of The Maddie Leventhal Mikveh Centre