Health and safety

Our top priority for the September 13th Miracle is the health and safety of all participants. We are following Montreal Public Health recommendations on how to ensure a safe and contact-free process, maintain physical distancing and practice healthy hand hygiene every step of the way. We need 100% adherence to this safety strategy.

It is up to each individual to respect the COVID health measures.
If you are symptomatic, please stay indoors on September 13th, do not donate and do not volunteer.

Wash your hands

Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds; before and after handling donations; after coughing or sneezing; after touching a contaminated surface or objects. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer.

Keep your distance

Stay 2 meters away from anyone not living in your household.

Cover your face

Wear a mask, especially if distancing measures are not possible.

Don't touch your face

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

Cough

Cough into the crook of your arm, or into a cloth that is discarded immediately after use, then wash your hands as soon as possible.

Stay at home

Stay at home if you have symptom(s) suggestive of the disease (fever, cough or difficulty breathing), if you are sick with COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

If you donate

Leave the donation at the door that leads outside, in front of your home or in a place visible from the street;

Disinfection of food packaging is not indicated as a necessary step to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Currently, there is no evidence that food or food packaging is associated with the transmission of the virus;

Wash your hands before and after handling food donations;

Donations should not be passed from person to person. Donations must be placed on a surface for pick-up within 2 metres of the volunteers collecting the donations;

+ The general guidelines above apply.

If you are collecting donations

When collecting in front of homes, maintain a distance of 2m from residents at all times;

Donations are not to be handed out person-to-person. Donations must be placed on a surface for pick-up within the 2m distance;

Gloves are not necessary for proper hand hygiene. If gloves are used, they are not a substitute for hand washing or disinfection. Gloves must be removed before washing or disinfecting and a new pair must be put on afterwards.

+ The general guidelines above apply.

If you are sorting donations

If sorting is done indoors, limit the number of people in the facility at the same time;

Wear a mask;

Assign specific people to serve certain items. Then invite people to pick up these items one by one;

Disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched by volunteers (tables, doorknobs, pencils, etc.);

Volunteers handling food should avoid contact with anyone who has symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing;

If possible, change clothes upon leaving the organization.

+ The above general instructions apply.

If you are distributing donations

Limit the handling of objects, bags or food by volunteers and limit the time spent in groups (when not necessary);

Whenever possible, distribute donations without direct contact;

Keep a distance of 2m from the person receiving the donation at all times, and if possible, leave the donation in front of the door.

+ The above general instructions apply.