TEMPLE CLOSED TO PUBLIC
TEMPLE IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO PUBLIC
In view of the Stay-at-home order issued by the Province of Ontario, and the rising COVID case numbers in Brampton area, The Board of Directors, out of abundance of caution, has decided to close the temple for visitors with immediate effect till further notice.
Poojas and rituals will be performed as usual at the temple. Devotees may book poojas and make payments remotely.
An emergency meeting of the Temple Board of Directors and the Medical Team was held to review the public health guidelines and temple’s operation once again.
It was decided that it is better to close the temple to public while the stay at home order is in effect. Although the government has allowed religious places to remain open, the guidelines also advise one to leave home only for emergencies such as groceries, medical needs, etc. Inter-zone travel is also not recommended. Taking all this into account, and out of abundance of caution, it was considered that it is safer to keep the temple closed to public.
The closure will be effective from Sunday, April 11 and will be in force till May 6. Those who have registered for temple visit during this period (including on the day of Vishu) will have their registrations cancelled automatically.
We know this is disappointing; however, in view of the alarming increase in cases and shortage of critical care beds availability in most places; it is important that we take extreme care and caution.
It is encouraging to know the Province has enhanced the vaccine roll out and we encourage everyone to take the vaccine as soon as it is offered. This will help us return to normal soon and open the temple. We will continue to monitor the situation and will make further announcements as soon as possible.
As during the last lock down, we will conduct all the poojas at the temple, and continue to accept pooja bookings online.
Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.
COVID Relief Fund
You will have heard about the Canadian Government’s pledge for donations to help Indian Government’s efforts to save lives affected by Covid. It has also requested all Canadians to help out. To support this initiative, we are thinking of a special campaign to collect donations exclusively or this purpose. Devotees can make this special donation either through the online booking tool [link above], or by calling the temple (905 799 0900).
The temple cannot make any donations outside the country directly as per the rules. Therefore, all amount collected will be processed through a local Canadian Government approved charity, such as Red Cross, who is involved in this initiative with India.
The situation is India is very alarming and your generous support will be greatly appreciated in this community support project.
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