This guideline was created to supplement the protection concept and contains the details of hygiene in and around the house and the temple.

Day visitors

Pilgrims must pre-register via the homepage. The number of pilgrims is limited. The maximum number corresponds to the current regulations of the BAG and the decisions of the Somaskanda foundation board.

The leaflet will be sent out with the registration confirmation.

Pilgrims who belong to a risk group and/or have symptoms of respiratory diseases are asked not to come or are asked to leave the Ashram.

Upon arrival, all pilgrims have to register in the list “Registration sheet for day pilgrims” for monitoring purposes. The list will be kept for 14 days and destroyed afterwards. We also warmly recommend using the Swiss Covid App (Apple store / Google store) for better tracing.

Overnight stays

Overnight stays are not allowed until further notice

Surplus, unregistered pilgrims

Unregistered or surplus pilgrims must follow the instructions of the temple team on site. They can enter the emptied temple at the end of the service to receive the blessings.

Common room

The use of the common room is only permitted to the monastics and serves max. 1 pilgrim as access to the WC.

Instead of the common room, a temporary annex to the house will be put up, in which the distances (max. 4 pilgrims per table, excluding families) can be complied with.

Toilet facilities

The toilets may only be used by 1 pilgrim (female or male). At the entrance of the house a sanitizer will be provided and a board will be hung up with “WC free” or “WC occupied”. The WC facilities are cleaned and sanitized by each user. Use disposable gloves and WC cleaning cloths! 
Please enter in the cleaning protocol vis à vis WC entrance. Hand soap is available in the WC, but no towel for drying hands

Catering

The basis for the kitchen team or the catering is the information leaflet from Gastrosuisse on Covid19. The kitchen is defined as a team of max. 2 people working with a hygiene mask. The meals are handed out from the common room through the window, as there is no possibility to separate the food with a plexiglass barrier. 
The food is served exclusively in plastic dishes, as there are no dishwashers for the washing up of 60c.

There is a cleaning agent in the kitchen, but no towels for drying hands, only kitchen paper. If cloth towels are used, they must be replaced twice a day and the cooking aprons must be changed daily.

Waste

Preferably waste bins with lids are used. Open waste bins are emptied several times a day, but are not compressed manually. The waste is only disposed of with gloves, which must be removed immediately after use.

Hygiene rules

Washing hands after arrival, etc.. All pilgrims who register as day pilgrims will be sent the information leaflet together with the registration confirmation. Upon arrival, the pilgrim will also be instructed/informed verbally by the monastery team about the regulations of the BAG and the leaflet.

Auxiliary materials

Disinfectants, masks, gloves, even if pilgrims may be asked to bring their own masks/gloves

Service/puja

The maximum number of pilgrims allowed in the temple is 15 (excluding the temple team). With the markings a distance of 2m is guaranteed between temple pilgrims as well as the Poojari and the monastic team.

As a rule, the temple door must be left for ensuring a regular and sufficient exchange of air. It is up to the temple team, depending on the situation, whether the door can be closed for a short time.

For reasons of hygiene, it is not allowed to use the microphone.

The Aarthi is placed centrally so that temple pilgrims can reach it with the necessary distance.

If desired, Vibhuti and Kumkum can be packed in portions and given with the Aarthi

Prasad will only be possible in the form of a meal

Papers with texts, Bhajan books, Every pilgrim has to bring his own.

Musical instruments will be cleaned and disinfected after use by the temple/seva team.

Offerings: The offerings are left outside the temple door and blessed outside by Swami. The temple team brings the food down after departure of the pilgrims. Open food is washed thoroughly before consuming or giving to pilgrims. Packaged food will be cleaned according to the regulations before supply. Handling of the Offerings with gloves (after puja). Offered cooked food is reheated to 60°.

Carpets and cushions cannot be used at the moment for reasons of hygiene. Only chairs and stools or the floor are available. Pilgrims can bring their own cushion/folding chair, but must take it back with them.

The temple floor as well as railings, door handles, chairs etc. must be cleaned and disinfected by the Seva/Temple Team after each Pooja.

Working in and around the house

Pilgrims use only their own personal working clothes. The work has to be done at a distance of 2m otherwise hygiene masks have to be worn, see note to the kitchen team

Protection concept

A protection concept has been issued by the foundation board especially for Somaskanda Ashram. For all regulations not included in the protection concept, the BAG guidelines apply.

The leaflet and the BAG information notice boards will be placed in relevant places in the house.

Guidelines

The information on the protection measures ” guidelines” is available on the Somaskanda homepage in German and English.

Transport

The BAG’s recommendations apply to the requirements for transport, in particular the use of public transport

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