This page was last updated on Dec 31, 2021 at 8:00am ET.
Comprehensive health and safety protocols have been developed for all areas of Jamatkhana operations and practices that are anchored in the principles of physical distancing, personal hygiene, and personal responsibility—keeping in mind our top most priority of ensuring the health, safety, and wellbeing of the Jamat.
The Jamati Institutions are closely monitoring developments related to the Omicron variant. Given the spread of the Omicron variant in the U.S. and in our Jamat, and with the new CDC guidance, please note the following updates to our Jamati protocols to ensure the Jamat’s collective safety and wellbeing:
Jamatkhana Attendance Protocols Related to COVID-19:
- If you test positive for COVID-19, please do not attend Jamatkhana for ten days. Consider the day after testing as day one.
- If someone in your household tests positive or you are exposed to someone who has tested positive, do not attend Jamatkhana for ten days and consider the day after testing or exposure as day one. If you test negative with a PCR or rapid test on or after day five, then you may attend Jamatkhana thereafter.
- If you are feeling unwell or experiencing any symptoms, including congestion, runny nose, sore throat, cough, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle aches, headaches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, please do not attend Jamatkhana and get tested as soon as possible.
- If you are returning from international travel (except Canada), do not attend Jamatkhana for ten days. However, if you test negative with a PCR or rapid test five days after travel, then you can attend Jamatkhana thereafter.
Omicron Variant and Vaccinations/Booster Shots:
- All eligible Jamati members 16 years and older should take their booster vaccines as soon as possible. With vaccine effectiveness decreasing over time, booster shots are strongly recommended to increase immunity to prevent severe illness or hospitalization.
- Parents of children five and older are urged to get their children vaccinated as soon as possible, as cases among children are increasing.
- Preliminary studies indicate that cloth masks may not provide sufficient protection against Omicron.
- The Jamat should consider wearing at least a three-ply disposable mask instead of a cloth mask while attending Jamatkhana and in indoor public s/ettings.
Hand Hygiene and Physical Distance:
- Good hand hygiene remains critical. Please use hand sanitizer upon entering and departing Jamatkhana.
- Please maintain physical distance and avoid physical contact with other Jamati members.
- If you are experiencing symptoms, including congestion, runny nose, sore throat, cough, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle aches, headaches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, we urge the Jamat to seek care and get tested as soon as possible.
General COVID-19 Precautions Summary:
- Get vaccinated.
- Get your booster, when eligible.
- Consider wearing at least a tight-fitting three-ply mask instead of a cloth mask.
- Maintain physical distance.
- Practice good hand hygiene.
- Get tested.
As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic as a community, the Aga Khan Health Board is working with infectious disease and other experts to monitor the situation closely and will provide guidance as necessary. Please visit The.Ismaili/usa Health to explore vaccine availability and for updated information.