Learn more about BBYO’s COVID-19 preparedness, guidelines, and policies

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 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 excited to return to in-person programming this fall with the following guidelines in place:

  • Outdoor programming is encouraged wherever possible
  • Masks are required for indoor programming, except during mealtime
  • Hand washing and sanitizers will be available at all BBYO programs
  • For U.S.-based events, BBYO is requiring all teens, staff, and volunteer advisors attending any overnight programs, including chapter, city, council, regional, and international programs, or any non-overnight indoor regional, region-wide, or multi-region events with over 150 people in attendance, to be fully vaccinated. This means vaccination date plus two weeks. Currently, Moderna, Pfizer, Astra Zeneca, or Johnson & Johnson are the accepted vaccines.
    • Please note, teens may not present a negative PCR test in place of a vaccination to attend an overnight program.
  • Parents who are hosting a BBYO event in their home must be vaccinated and sign off on the host vaccine form

As part of the registration process for any overnight program, families will be asked to confirm that their teens have been vaccinated for both COVID-19 and childhood vaccines. Here is a link to our updated vaccine policy. Parents will also need to sign off that if asked by BBYO, they will present proof of vaccination and that falsifying this statement will result in their teen being removed from BBYO.

If your teen has a special circumstance regarding their vaccination status, please communicate this through our medical exemption form. All requests will be reviewed by BBYO’s medical advisors.  For all other questions, please reach out to your local staff or area director.


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.

  • 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.

NOTE: As of April 15, 2021, only participants who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are eligible to attend BBYO trips to Israel. For those teens who cannot be fully vaccinated by their departure date, we are happy to help you explore alternative arrangements for this summer or add you to our list for Summer 2022 travel.


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.


  • 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 COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of the coronavirus, contact your healthcare professional or local health department

Please visit the Center for Disease Control website for the most up-to-date COVID-19 information and recommendations.