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Revised operating guidelines

New entry restrictions

COVID-19 continues to evolve quickly and the Delta variant is exhibiting higher viral loads with increasing transmissibility and severity of disease. The spectrum of disease is shifting rapidly, affecting unvaccinated individuals and now even children. We have opened the temple for the convenience of our devotees with restricted entry following recent Public Health Recommendations and the advice of the temple’s medical advisory committee to ensure the safety of the devotees, staff, volunteers and the priests. Given the changing COVID situation, it has unfortunately become necessary to adopt more stringent entry requirements so that we can safely continue providing services that are currently available at the temple.

Therefore, effective Saturday, 14th August 2021, only fully vaccinated persons will be allowed inside the temple. Children, under 12, who are not vaccinated will not be permitted inside the temple for now; in view of the increasing risk for these children to contact the delta variant of COVID 19.

Self declaration form

It has become increasingly difficult to obtain volunteers to conduct in person screening before entering the temple. Hence, we are implementing a “self declaration” to screen devotees before entering the temple. We request your sincere cooperation in completing this questionnaire 24-48 hours before entering the temple to ensure that the most recent information is being provided. A printed copy of this questionnaire [download, sign, bring to temple] signed by the devotee who has registered online should be brought to the temple and handed to the personnel at the entrance of the temple. We are actively discouraging walk-in’s at this time.

We are planning to engage personnel from a human resources company until the volunteer shortage is resolved. They will be responsible to collect the forms at the door and ensure that the guidelines are being adhered to. [Fillable PDF form link below].

Visiting hours

Weekdays – 7 am to 9 am and 6 pm to 8 pm

Weekends and Statutory Holidays – 8 am to 11.00 am and 5 pm to 8 pm

Prior registration

All devotees planning to visit the temple must register online. The link for registration is:
https://www.guruvayur.ca/visit-registration/

Walk-ins are being discouraged at the present time and will only be permitted if there are available spots; devotees may have to wait till spots are available and run the risk of not being able to enter the temple should a vacant spot not arise. They will have to complete the self declaration form at the registration counter, and meet the criteria for entry to the temple.
If you are booking poojas online, and wish to visit the temple at that time, you should still pre-register for the visit separately and fill the screening questionnaire.

Guidelines to follow inside the temple

  • Always sanitize your hands on arrival, wear a mask and maintain social distancing inside the temple.
  • Do not congregate or have group gatherings within the temple or on the temple premises.
  • All poojas will be held at the temple, including Choroon, weddings, and Udayasthamana Pooja. However, adults and children above the age of 12 who are not vaccinated as well as children under the age of 12 who are not eligible to be vaccinated will not allowed to attend. Infant for the chorion will be allowed inside. Please check the screening questionnaire before booking such poojas.
  • If you have booked a Ganapathy Homam, you will be allowed entry by the priest at an earlier hour than the cited regular temple opening times provided the screening guidelines are met and a filled and signed screening questionnaire is submitted. Please call the temple phone number when you reach the temple and the temple door will be unlocked.
  • No food or prasadam should be consumed inside the temple.
  • We are not currently allowing any items from outside to be brought into the temple (flowers, garlands, or other offerings of any kind).
  • The basement area will remain closed, and available for use only for emergency washroom requirements.

Pooja bookings

  • Temple will continue to conduct all poojas.
    Online pooja bookings are still encouraged to avoid personal contact using the following link or on website. https://www.guruvayur.ca/pooja-booking-payments/. If you plan attending the pooja, the screening requirements must be strictly met.
  • If you are required to book poojas at the counter, please maintain a safe distance of 6 feet and all payments should be by credit or debit cards only. Cash payment should be avoided as much as possible and if this is inevitable, then an exact amount should be tendered as the staff will be unable to provide change.
  • Copies of the receipts for poojas and donations will be emailed if requested.

Outcalls

Outcalls are permitted.

  1. Please ensure that the COVID screening questionnaire is filled and should include the information for all members of the family. In this case children under 12 years of age from the family are exempt from the vaccination requirement but should meet the remaining criteria.
  2. Masks should be worn at all times and social distancing and hand sanitization be strictly adhered to
  3. It is preferable at this time to avoid inviting friends to attend these poojas.
  4. If it is unavoidable to have other people attend, it is important to make sure that the public health guidelines for indoor gatherings are adhered to and the Temple COVID questionnaire is filled and signed by each of these attendees. If they do not meet the screening criteria, they should not be allowed to attend.
  5. Children under the age of 12 and unvaccinated individuals from other families should not be attending these poojas. The health and safety of the priests and the temple devotees is paramount.

Request

We request devotees to cooperate with the temple management, volunteers and staff by strictly adhering to these guidelines so that we can continue to keep the temple open to visitors while ensuring the safety of all. May Guruvayurappan grant us all the strength and the patience to live with the limitations and guide us through these difficult times.

We are sorry for the trouble and inconvenience caused by these changes. The Board will continue to review the provincial guidelines very closely and make changes as needed as the situation improves.

Temple Management

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