Having been operating in an online-only capcity since March, from the beginning of August the temple will once again be physically open, in addition to activities remaining accessible via Zoom. We know many people are really looking forward to visiting the temple again, and we have take a bit of extra time to make sure that we are taking all the necessary precautions to ensure everyone’s safety.
In accordance with government guidelines we cannot hold services with group chanting. We will therefore be offering silent meditation and Shakyo (sutra copying) sessions, as well as Dharma discussion, in addition to services streamed on Zoom.
*In order to ensure social distancing measures are adhered to, please contact the temple before attending scheduled activities, or to arrange a visit for individual prayer so that we can make sure the temple is not overcrowded.*
We ask that everyone visiting self-screen before entering the temple. Please do not come to the temple if you have a persistent cough or respiratory problems, a high temperature or signs of a fever or have had contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 or shown any of the above symptoms.
Upon arrival at the temple your temperature will be taken, and we ask that you use the hand sanitiser provided. A face covering must be worn at all times inside the temple; if you don’t have your own, a mask will be provided. The towel in the WC has been replaced with a paper-towel dispenser. In opening the temple again, the main thing is that everyone feels safe and can visit the temple in the knowledge that we are taking the safety of visitors to the temple very seriously. It is our responsibility to follow the government’s guidance in order to reduce the spread of Covid-19. We hope you understand, and appreciate your cooperation.
With all that said, we very much look forward to once again welcoming you to the temple, and practising together. We continue to pray for your happiness and security everyday.
*Please note: as the situation is ever-changing, the above arrangements are under constant review and are subject to change should new advice be issued by the government and health authorities.*