November MGDM Reopening

Thursday, October 21, 2021 10:00 AM | Pedram Yazdani (Administrator)
The province continues to remain in Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen. We are happy to share that by following the reopening timelines and changes under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) for places of worship the Mehraban Guiv Darb e Meher (MGDM) will continue to remain open for drop in visits with additional number of days per week. All public health measures will continue to follow including capacity limits, face coverings, physical distancing and environmental cleaning and disinfecting. 

As promised and communicated earlier, our approach to re-opening the MGDM will be "slow and steady" and "data driven, not date driven". This will be based on a number of factors:

  • Vaccination rates, mandates and requirements
  • Case counts
  • Impact of variants
  • Government Protocols

 As we cautiously and gradually plan the re-opening, The MGDM revised hours of operations starting, November 1st, 21 are as below:

DAY OF THE WEEK

TIME

Monday

4pm – 8pm

Wednesday

4pm – 8pm

Saturday

9am – 12pm(noon)

All visits to the MGDM will continue to be by appointment only and MUST be booked in advance, a minimum 24 hours prior to the day of the visit, by completing the online booking request form or by contacting Hoofrish Patel (email EVP@zso.org  or 647-313–9805) and receiving her confirmation. Please note if you do not have an appointment/confirmation, your entry will be denied.

When planning a visit to the MGDM please be sure to follow the mandatory requirements and guidelines:

  • Wearing a non-medical mask/face covering is mandatory
  • For COVID-19 contact tracing purposes, you will be required to provide your name and contact details which will only be kept on file for 30 days.” 
  • Bring your own prayer book , head covering, sandalwood or other prayer related items
  • Maintain a social distance of two meters/six feet
  • Follow entry and exit signs
  • 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

  • Consumption of food and drink remains restricted
  • Food and drink sharing is prohibited
  • No self-serve buffet-style meals
  • MGDM kitchen remains closed for cooking and reheating meals
  • Indoor singing and choir service
  • Sharing and distribution of materials and objects such as books, scarves, caps, water, etc.

We are grateful to all our donors and well-wishers and request everyone to donate generously by visiting our website (zso.org/donate).

Cash Donations

Cheque Donations

Drop off in the ZSO safety deposit box

  • DO NOT drop off any cheques in the safety deposit box
  • Make Cheque payable to ‘Zoroastrian Society of Ontario’
  • Complete the donation form and attach it with your cheque
  • Provide your email address if applicable to ensure timely and accurate issuance of donation receipts.
  • Deliver the cheque and completed form together to our custodian or send it by mail

NOTE: Cheques made payable to ZSO are not acceptable by the bank and rejected

 

Lastly, we want to take this opportunity and remind everyone that vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to protect you and those around you from serious illnesses like COVID-19.  Aligning with the Government’s announcement as of September 22, 2021, you will need to provide proof of vaccination to access MGDM as required helping further protect our community from COVID-19 and the Delta variant.

We continue to review the in-person visit and event guidelines as the Pandemic and the Government related directives evolve. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we gradually, and safely reopen, keeping the safety of our custodian and the community at large as the top priority. 


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.” 
  • Click here for more details on reopening of Faith Based Organizations in the City of Toronto
  • Click here for more details on proof of vaccination Guidance for Businesses and Organizations under the Reopening Ontario Act

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