COVID-19 Revised MGDM Hours

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 22:08 | Anahita Ogra (Administrator)

Nov 18, 2020

With the evolving COVID-19 Pandemic and rising cases, the city of Toronto is listed in the Red Zone. Keeping the health and safety of our custodian and members as top priority, as well as following the changes under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) for places of worship and the specific conditions which include limiting capacity and ensuring that public health measures are followed such as face coverings, physical distancing and environmental cleaning and disinfecting, the ZSO Board of Directors has decided to revise the MGDM visiting hours. 

MGDM revised hours of operations effective immediately are: 

Saturday 9am - 12pm 

All visits to MGDM remain by appointment only and MUST  be booked at least 24 hours in advance, by contacting Hoofrish Patel (evp@zso.org) and receiving her confirmation. Please note if you do not have an appointment/confirmation your entry will be denied.

We thank you for your patience and appreciate your cooperation.

When planning a visit to the MGDM please be reminded of the following mandatory requirements and guidelines:

  • Use the online self-assessment tool before every visit to the MGDM
  • Wearing a non-medical mask/face covering is mandatory
  • Bring your own prayer book and head covering
  • Refrain from bringing Sukhar, loban or other prayer related items from home
  • Maintain a social distance of two meters/six feet
  • Follow entry and exit signs
  • Social gatherings, including those that occur before or after a prayer service remains suspended
  • Avoid opportunities for the virus to spread through touch, either directly or indirectly through surfaces and objects, including objects that may be used in rituals or ceremonies

Suspended Services

  • Social gatherings, including those that occur before or after a prayer service remains suspended
  • Navjote and other close contact activities
  • Consumption of food and drink remains suspended
  • Indoor singing, use of instruments and choir service
  • Sharing and distribution of materials and objects such as books, scarves, caps, water, etc.

Disclaimers and resources:

“All visits to the MGDM are voluntary and at the visitor’s own discretion. Visitors must comply with applicable guidelines including limits on numbers, wearing of masks and physical distancing. All visitors are responsible for their own health & safety as well as respecting the health & safety of those around them.” 
"Visitors must self-screen with the ZSO volunteer present when entering the MGDM at each visit. The volunteer will record the date, their name and contact information (phone and/or email) and that will only be used for contact tracing for COVID-19 purposes and will only be kept on file for 30 days.”