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As you all know, Covid related cases along with the positivity rate of incidence in tested cases are at record high levels in Indiana. The current situation calls for continued vigilance on precautions to be taken for the safety & well being of all.
The HTCI Covid 19 Preparedness Team would like to refresh & share with you all a summary of safety guidelines we have in effect currently at our temple.
COVID-19 GUIDELINES - UPDATED 04-September-2020
Normal Temple Hours - 125 limit per session; 150 on special days with Covid Team approval
SMS principle in effect - Scheduling, Mask Wearing, Social Distancing
Zero touch principle in effect for all temple operations
Mask wearing and Social distancing (6’ by family) to be followed at all times in all areas inside the temple
Group singing and chanting is not allowed to prevent air borne spread of COVID virus.
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. 50 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
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.
On behalf of COVID 19 Preparedness Team
Anita Gupta, MBBS, MPH (Chairperson, BOT)
Nandi Nagaraj (President, EC)
Satya Thulasiraman (BOT); Reeta Bhargava, MD (BOT); Ramu Yeleti, MD (BOT); Kannan Natarajan, MD (BOT); Raghava Ayyagari (EC)