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preventcorona@htci.org

COVID-19 Guidelines

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COVID TEAM

(317) 414-4192

(317) 502-5053

Dear Devotees,

The COVID-19 preparedness team greatly appreciates all the precautions our Devotie's have taken to keep our a safe place during this pandemic. With the vaccines having been out for nearly 6 months, there's good data to show that the pandemic has been coming under much better control in Central Indiana.

The rates of hospitalizations and deaths are at the lowest level since the pandemic started. The Devotie's that are coming to our temple ate over 90% fully vaccinated. The India variant of COVID-19 has not taken hold in the US at this time.

Based on all of this, we feel we can gradually lift the restrictions in a very safe manner for all devotees.

For the CDC guidelines, it is safe not to wear a mask if you're fully vaccinated as the risk of you getting coronavirus or giving it to somebody else is very low.


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

    1. Masks/Social Distancing: Employees & Devotees MUST wear mask inside the Temple and follow social distancing.

    2. Puja Items: Devotees can clean and take any puja items (fruits, flowers, garlands, milk, and other materials) to the worship hall as normal. No more 24-hour rule.

    3. Singing & Chanting: One devotee at a time with mask is allowed; No group singing allowed at this time.

    4. Mics & Conch: Only priests are allowed to use Mics & Conch.

    5. Theertha Prasadam: Priests can give Theertha Prasadam (Devotees should NOT touch the Panchapatra - Uttarani or Priests’ plates)

    6. Prasadam: After a puja, all Prasadam will be distributed in the outside Prasad table. Homemade Prasadam SHOULD NOT BE distributed or left behind in Temple.


COVID-19 GUIDELINES - UPDATED 02-November-2020, Revised 12-April-2021

  1. General Guidelines

    1. Normal Temple Hours - Attendee limit assessed per session by Covid 19 Preparedness Team

    2. SMS principle in effect - Scheduling, Mask Wearing, Social Distancing

    3. Zero touch principle in effect for all temple operations

    4. Mask wearing and Social distancing (6 feet by family) to be followed at all times in all areas inside the temple

    5. 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.

  2. Pooja Related Guidelines

    1. Temple is procuring all necessary Pooja related items needed for all Poojas

    2. 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

    3. 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.

    4. No active distribution of Prasadam, Fruits, Flowers, Vibhuti, Chandan, etc. inside the temple.

    5. Fruits that have been offered to God will be left on the table outside the worship hall for devotees

    6. Private Pooja inside and outside the temple have a max. 10 people limit

    7. 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

    8. Devotees particular of individual rendition of stotras & slokas should keep mask on at all times; shankha naadam blowing not allowed

    9. 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.

  3. Facility Related Guidelines

    1. 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.

    2. Use of mics inside worship hall are not allowed unless approved by Covid team for special events

  4. Kitchen Related Guidelines

    1. Social distancing, Masks, Gloves, Aprons and Hairnets policy inside the kitchen to be followed by all at all times

    2. Only to-go boxed food; no eating inside the temple

    3. 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.

    4. Catering orders & other sales normal

    5. 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.

  5. Front Office Related Guidelines

    1. Use of gloves and sanitizers when handling things

    2. 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.

Regards


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)