July 1, 2022
THIS IS A MASK FRIENDLY EVENT.
Many of us have not seen our fellow Muslim healthcare colleagues for over 2 years, and now that most of us are vaccinated and the situation is much better than it was at the start of the pandemic Alhamdulillah, we feel it is safe enough for us to host our premier event of the year.
While the rate of hospitalizations and community positivity rates of COVID-19 has hit low levels in the past few weeks, having been through 5 waves of the pandemic already, we are cognisant of circumstances changing with little notice, and are closely monitoring wastewater data, prevalent variants, and other metrics here and abroad to inform our decision-making. We fully intend on the event going ahead as planned, and have outlined a set of COVID-19 protocols and recommendations that will Inshallah strike the balance of making the gathering as safe, welcoming, and inclusive as possible for all those in attendance including vulnerable members of our community, while also fulfilling our social responsibilities to each other.
1.We ask that all attendees perform anindividual risk assessment before attending the MMAC’s 6th Annual Banquet, and any other gatherings.
2.All attendees must self-screen themselves immediately before attending the event for any significant symptoms of, or exposures to COVID-19.
3.Attendees are free to mingle and network anywhere and with anyone during the event. There is no cohorting of attendees by table.
4.This is a mask-friendly event with no judgement against those that choose to wear, or not wear a mask. Masks are optional but strongly recommended if taking care of vulnerable persons or with vulnerable close contacts. Mask-wearers may consider temporarily removing their mask while eating, being around household members or close contacts, being seated at their own table, speaking on stage, or whenever they feel comfortable. Masks will also be available and provided free of charge at the event for anyone who wishes to wear one, or replace their soiled mask.
5.If anyone feels they may have COVID-19 symptoms or recent exposures and would like to confirm they are negative, they may voluntarily undergo testing on arrival at registration. On-site rapid test kits will be available, with a result within 15 minutes.
6.We strongly recommend that everyone eligible and in attendance is fully vaccinated with at least 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 1-2 boosters if eligible, as per the latest public health recommendations.
7.If you cannot attend the banquet for any reason, including COVID-19 related quarantine or isolation, ticket transfers are permitted to others who may be able to attend and meet the same ticket eligibility requirements. Refunds are not available, and any unused tickets will be considered a generous donation on your behalf to help support the MMAC’s community health promotion projects and initiatives.
The MMAC prioritizes the health and safety of all our members and event attendees. While we have established a set of COVID-19 protocols that build upon current public health recommendations and municipal bylaws to ensure a safe and welcoming space for all, we are not responsible for any negative consequences of attendance, including but not limited to impacts on health, work or personal matters in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.