Learn more about BBYO’s coronavirus preparedness and response

Dear Parents,

As a global youth-serving organization, BBYO’s top priority is the safety, health and well-being of our teens, professionals, volunteers, and community. In light of the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) across the globe, we are sharing important information on BBYO’s policies regarding local, regional, and international programs, as well as preventive measures we can all take to help ensure the health and safety of everyone in our community.


We are planning for our 2021 summer season with our ongoing commitment to providing safe and meaningful experiences for teens. We are also committed to providing clear communication on our evolving policies and procedures. With the overwhelming support and interest for enriching and fun programs for teens, we are moving forward with preparations for travel and leadership experiences this summer. We are grateful for the patience of families as we are working with international and state governments as well as health organizations. We are in the process of implementing those guidelines in our plans and will be updating our website and out registered teens and families as things progress.

  • Visit this page to see the most recent BBYO Leadership Experiences (domestic) updates.

  • Visit this page to see the most recent BBYO Passport Experiences (travel) updates.


We are excited to continue our programming year with a combination of small in-person programming combined with virtual programming on BBYO On Demand. Over the next few months and throughout the spring, we encourage you to check with your local staff to learn more about what activities are taking place in your region.

We are committed to providing teens with a safe and healthy environment while attending BBYO programs. Therefore, we are asking families not to send teens to events if they are experiencing any of the symptoms laid out in our COVID-19 waiver (which must be filled out by both parents and teens before teens may attend in-person programs). We recommend and expect our participants, hosts, staff, and volunteers to follow personal-protection and disinfection protocols to limit transmission of disease at all BBYO programs, including but not limited to hand washing, the wearing of masks, and the maintaining of recommended social distancing. To help us adequately prepare for in-person events, all participants must register in advance on MyBBYO so that we can best safeguard the health and safety of everyone in attendance.

As we continue programming throughout the winter and spring, we will evaluate local events on a case-by-case basis, and should there be any additional changes or cancellations, you will be promptly notified by your regional staff. Local staff information may be found on our website on the BBYO Near You page, by either searching by region name or entering your zip code, to be directed to the right page.


  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

  • While washing with soap and water is the preferred method, liquid hand sanitizer is a good option if this is not available.

  • Stay home if you or a member of your household is sick, except to get medical care; contact your healthcare professional if you exhibit symptoms associated with the virus (fever, cough, or shortness of breath)

  • If you have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for the coronavirus or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of the coronavirus, contact your healthcare professional or local health department

We encourage you to visit the Center for Disease Control website for the most up-to-date information and recommendations.