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There has been significant increase in Delta variant cases in Indiana. About 80% of Covid cases reported now are for Delta variant, compared to only 10% attributed to Delta variant back in June. This Delta variant is highly contagious and spread more easily. Vaccinated people could also get and spread this variant. CDC and FDA are also looking into the effectiveness of vaccines since it has been 6-8 months since vaccines have been out.
Based on all of this, and the fact that CDC is recommending using masks even to people that have vaccines when indoors, COVID-19 preparedness team has revised the guidelines for our temple operations. Please see the community message from our Board Member Dr. Ram Yeleti for more details on Delta Variant.
COVID-19 GUIDELINES - UPDATED 4-August-2021
COVID-19 GUIDELINES - UPDATED 26-June-2021
COVID-19 GUIDELINES - UPDATED 13-June-2021
1. No need to register to come to the Temple. No daily limits on the capacity for darshan.
3. No masks required for any event outdoors (private or Temple conducted).
4. If you have been to India in the last 21 days, we request you to please avoid visiting the Temple. Please also avoid visiting Temple if you are not feeling well.
5. For basement, food will be provided in trays; food can be served & managed in individual buffet style.
6. Signing & chanting - one person at a time allowed with masks on.
7. Private Pooja at Temple or Home - regular facility limits on # of people; masks required.
COVID-19 GUIDELINES - UPDATED 12-April-2021, Revised 21-May-2021
COVID-19 GUIDELINES - UPDATED 02-November-2020, Revised 12-April-2021
Normal Temple Hours - Attendee limit assessed per session by Covid 19 Preparedness Team
SMS principle in effect - Scheduling, Mask Wearing, Social Distancing
Zero touch principle in effect for all temple operations
Mask wearing and Social distancing (6 feet by family) to be followed at all times in all areas inside the temple
NO chanting or singing (Shlokas, Mantras or Bhajans) by devotees is allowed (except by Priests). No Shankhanaada blowing is allowed. Devotees are requested to cooperate.
Pooja Related Guidelines
Temple is procuring all necessary Pooja related items needed for all Poojas
All devotee donation or sponsorship materials - Fruits, Flowers, Garlands, Vastrams, Navagraha Danam, Pooja Dravyam, Kitchen groceries, etc. are to be left on the designated table near the check-in area by the temple entrance
Donation or sponsorship materials (as above in b) for Temple sponsored poojas will need to be dropped off at least 24 hours prior to Pooja if it needs to be offered by the Priests for that pooja. This includes flowers/garlands ordered through temple Purchaser.
No active distribution of Prasadam, Fruits, Flowers, Vibhuti, Chandan, etc. inside the temple.
Fruits that have been offered to God will be left on the table outside the worship hall for devotees
Private Pooja inside and outside the temple have a max. 10 people limit
Private Pooja inside the temple (stage area) - attendees need to schedule visit using general sign-up; all Pooja related materials, Fruits, Flowers, Garlands, Vastrams, etc brought by the devotee will need to be taken back after the pooja services & not left behind in the temple; no distribution allowed; Priests can decline service if conditions of safety precautions are not taken by the devotees
Devotees particular of individual rendition of stotras & slokas should keep mask on at all times; shankha naadam blowing not allowed
Sub-committee members are primary volunteers for various activities along with Management members. General Volunteers (approved by Pooja Chair or Temple Manager allowed; should sign updated general release form & follow safety guidelines; please contact Pooja Chair.
Facility Related Guidelines
For basement rental max. 100 allowed, separate sign-up, no eating permitted in the basement or other parts inside the temple - to go boxed food permitted; 4 hour rental limit with chairs 6 ft apart; for main level stage area rental, max. 50 allowed.
Use of mics inside worship hall are not allowed unless approved by Covid team for special events
Kitchen Related Guidelines
Social distancing, Masks, Gloves, Aprons and Hairnets policy inside the kitchen to be followed by all at all times
Only to-go boxed food; no eating inside the temple
No coffee or Tea for the general public; any exceptions for coffee or Tea preparation for volunteers doing seva approved by Manager and in his absence either President/Vice President/Kitchen Chair/Chairman/Vice-Chairman.
Catering orders & other sales normal
Sub-committee members are primary volunteers for various activities along with Management members. General Volunteers (approved by Kitchen Chair or Temple Manager allowed; should sign updated general release form & follow safety guidelines; please contact Kitchen Chair.
Front Office Related Guidelines
Use of gloves and sanitizers when handling things
Sub-committee members are primary volunteers for various activities along with Management members. General Volunteers (approved by EC Chairs or Temple Manager allowed; should sign updated general release form & follow safety guidelines; please contact EC Chairs.
Note, due to the comprehensive nature of guidelines developed, not all of it has been summarized above.
The HTCI Covid 19 Preparedness Team will continue to provide guidance for special events and other requests on a case by case basis. These guidelines will be updated and communicated periodically.
Please be safe. God Bless.
Covid 19 Preparedness Team
Satya Thulasiraman (BOT); Kshitija Dubey (BOT), Reeta Bhargava, MD (BOT); Ramu Yeleti, MD (BOT); Kannan Natarajan, MD (BOT); Raghava Ayyagari (EC), Anita Gupta (BOT), Nandi Nagaraj (EC)