Thursday September 19, 2020

The MGDM will be open for visits by appointment ONLY with revised hours of operations and ensuring that public health measures are followed such as face coverings, physical distancing and environmental cleaning and disinfecting.

All appointments MUST be booked in advance, a minimum 24 hour prior to the day of the visit by contacting Afreed Mistry (evp@zso.org) and receiving a confirmation. Please note if you do not have an appointment/confirmation your entry will be denied.

Special visiting hours during COVID-19 by appointment ONLY

Weekday

Hours

Tuesday

5:00pm - 8:00pm

Saturday 9:00AM - 12:00PM

As you all are aware this has been a tough year for all communities including ZSO in terms of revenue generation, we request everyone to donate generously by visiting our website (www.zso.org). All cash and cheque donations should be dropped off in the ZSO safety deposit box along with the completed donation form . All cheques must be made payable to ‘Zoroastrian Society of Ontario’.  Cheques made payable to ZSO will be rejected and not processed.

We thank you for your patience and appreciate your cooperation keeping the safety of our custodian and the community at large as the top priority.  

Please DO NOT VISIT the MGDM if:

  • You are feeling unwell, including fever, cough and runny nose
  • You have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • You have traveled outside the currently in the past 14 days of your visit to MGDM, if You have recently returned to Canada, please quarantine(self isolate) for 14 days

Below are the COVID-19 Guidelines as per the health and city requirements:

Use the online self-assessment tool before every visit to the MGDM

Allowed Suspended Services
  • Participation of religious services is limited to 50 people including the priest(s), COVID-19 dedicated volunteers and cleaning crew
  • Drop in visits to the MGDM are by appointment ONLY. Contact Afreed Mistry (evp@zso.org) to book your visit
  • Wearing a non-medical mask/face covering is mandatory
  • Maintain a social distance of two meters/six feet
  • Bring your own prayer book and head covering
  • Follow entry and exit signs
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.”
  • Click here for more details on reopening of Faith Based Organizations in the City of Toronto




Thursday August 06, 2020

The city of Toronto has entered stage 3 of the provincial reopening on Friday July 31st.   As a result of this announcement, we are in Stage 3 of reopening by following the changes under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) for places of worship with some specific conditions. These conditions include limiting capacity and ensuring that public health measures are followed such as face coverings, physical distancing and environmental cleaning and disinfecting.  

As we cautiously and gradually plan the upcoming Shahenshai Farvardegan days, participation in religious services during these days (Aug 11th – 15th) will be limited to 50 people including the priest(s), COVID-19 dedicated volunteers and cleaning crew.  The MGDM will be open for visits by appointment only with revised hours of operation and protocols to follow.  

The MGDM revised hours during Farverdegan Days (Aug 11th – 15th) are daily 6 AM to 9 PM.

All the following prayers will be performed and live streamed during the Farvardegan days:

  • Three Satoom sessions (morning, afternoon, and evening),  
  • Afringan 
  • Farokshi in the morning
  • Evening Satoom and Hum Bundagi  

All visits to the MGDM will remain by appointment only and MUST be booked in advance, a minimum 24 hours prior to the day of the visit, by contacting Afreed Mistry (EVP@zso.org) and receiving her confirmation.  Please note if you do not have an appointment/confirmation your entry will be denied. 

As you all are aware this has been a tough year for all communities including ZSO in terms of revenue generation, we request everyone to donate generously by visiting our website (www.zso.org). All cash and cheque donations should be dropped off in the ZSO safety deposit box along with the completed donation form . All cheques must be made payable to ‘Zoroastrian Society of Ontario’.  Cheques made payable to ZSO will be rejected and not processed.

We thank you for your patience and appreciate your cooperation as we gradually and safely reopen, keeping the safety of our custodian and the community at large as the top priority.  

Below are the COVID-19 Guidelines for stage 3 as per the health and city requirements:

Use the online self-assessment tool before every visit to the MGDM

Allowed Suspended Services
  • Participation of religious services is limited to 50 people including the priest(s), COVID-19 dedicated volunteers and cleaning crew
  • Drop in visits to the MGDM are by appointment ONLY. Contact Afreed Mistry (evp@zso.org) to book your visit
  • Wearing a non-medical mask/face covering is mandatory
  • Maintain a social distance of two meters/six feet
  • Bring your own prayer book and head covering
  • Follow entry and exit signs
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.”
  • Click here for more details on reopening of Faith Based Organizations in the City of Toronto



Saturday August 01, 2020

The city of Toronto is preparing to oversee the safe restart of more businesses and services following the Province of Ontario’s announcement that Toronto can enter stage 3 of the provincial reopening on Friday July 31st.   As a result of this announcement, we will enter Stage 3 of reopening by following the changes under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) for places of worship with some specific conditions. These conditions include limiting capacity and ensuring that public health measures are followed such as face coverings, physical distancing and environmental cleaning and disinfecting. 

As we cautiously and gradually plan the reopening, participation in religious services is increased to 50 people including the priest(s), COVID-19 dedicated volunteers and cleaning crew. Aligning with the social distancing and spacing guidelines, the prayer room capacity will remain at a maximum of 20 people, and the remaining numbers will be distributed accordingly in the main hall to accommodate the maximum allowed indoor limit (50 people).

The MGDM is open for drop in visits with revised hours of operation and protocols to follow.

MGDM revised hours of operations:

Tuesday 4pm - 8pm | Saturday 9am - 12pm

All visits to the MGDM remain by appointment only and MUST be booked 24 hours in advance, prior to the day of the visit by contacting Afreed Mistry (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 as we gradually and safely reopen, keeping the safety of our custodian and the community at large as the top priority. 

Below are the COVID-19 Guidelines for stage 3 as per the health and city requirements:

Use the online self-assessment tool before every visit to the MGDM

Allowed Suspended Services
  • Participation of religious services limited to 50 people including the priest(s), COVID-19 dedicated volunteers and cleaning crew
  • Drop in visits to the MGDM are by appointment ONLY
  • Contact Afreed Mistry (evp@zso.org) to book your visit
  • Wedding ceremonies are permitted following the guidelines
  • Wearing a non-medical mask/face covering is mandatory
  • Maintain a social distance of two meters/six feet
  • Bring your own prayer book and head covering
  • Follow entry and exit signs
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.”
  • Click here for more details on reopening of Faith Based Organizations in the City of Toronto



Friday, July 17, 2020

The provincial Government has established guidelines to gradually reopen the province and ease restrictions in communities where it is safe to do so. We have entered Stage 2 of reopening by following the changes under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) for places of worship with some specific conditions. These conditions include limiting capacity and ensuring that public health measures are followed such as face coverings, physical distancing and environmental cleaning and disinfecting. 

As we cautiously and gradually plan the reopening, participation in religious services is increased from 10 to 15 people including the priest, additionally now the MGDM will be open for drop in visits with revised hours of operation and protocols to follow.

The MGDM revised hours of operations starting, July 21, 2020 are:

Tuesday 4pm - 8pm | Saturday 9am - 12pm

All visits to the MGDM will be by appointment only and MUST be booked 24 hours in advance, prior to the day of the visit by contacting Afreed Mistry (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 as we gradually and safely reopen, keeping the safety of our custodian and the community at large as the top priority. 

Below are the COVID-19 Guidelines for Re-opening as per the health and city requirements:

Do’s

Don’ts

  • Participation of religious services limited to 15 people including the priest
  • Drop in visits to the MGDM are by appointment ONLY
    • Contact Afreed Mistry (evp@zso.org) to book your visit
  • Wearing a non-medical mask/face covering is mandatory
  • Maintain a social distance of two meters/six feet
  • Bring your own prayer book and head covering
  • Follow entry and exit signs
  • Use the online self-assessment tool before every visit to the MGDM
  • Social gatherings, including those that occur before or after a prayer service remains suspended
  • Consumption of food and drink remains suspended
  • Navjote and wedding ceremonies remain 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.


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.”
  • Click here for more details on reopening of Faith Based Organizations in the City of Toronto