CHANGES TO TEMPLE SERVICES (updated April 8, 2021)
Thank you for visiting our update page. The temple is once again closed for in-person services but we continue to hold weekly virtual services through Zoom. Throughout this last year we have been constantly changing how we hold services, depending on the provincial and municipal requirements. We appreciate your flexibility and your support. Please keep referencing this site for the most up to date information.
Zoom has given our attendees an opportunity to see each other and have some interaction before and after services in a safe manner. You will be able to participate in the services with a computer (with a working microphone and speakers and a camera), a smart phone or a tablet. You can also watch and listen to the services if you do not have a camera on your computer. Let us know if you are having difficulties.
If you are interested in attending the virtual Zoom Services, please send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on the invitation list. Hope to “see” you there!
SOME HIGHLIGHTS of new Safety Protocols
● You will be required to register your attendance in advance
● Each attendee must complete and submit a health questionnaire for every service
● You will be required to wear a face covering at all times while on TBC property, sanitize your hands and observe physical distancing practices.
● The temple will be fully cleaned after each service with all high touch areas sanitized/ disinfected frequently.
● The office will not be accessible on Sunday. Please speak with a volunteer for your requests.
● The upper and lower levels are closed. Lower level washrooms are reserved for emergencies only.
SOME HIGHLIGHTS of Changes
● There will be no group singing or chanting out loud. Minister/leader only.
● There will be no books, nenju, headsets, or montoshikisho to borrow
● Please leave your offertory in the box as no baskets will be passed
● There will be no refreshments or socializing inside the temple after services.
● All services are live-streamed.
While we have taken every precaution to assure a safe and clean environment, please consider your own risk category and your willingness and ability to abide by our safety protocols prior to attending in-person services.
We hope you are well and we look forward to seeing you soon.
TBC Board of Directors
General Requirements/Protocols for Service Attendees
To help reduce and minimize exposure to and to control the spread of COVID-19, the following protocols will be implemented for those attending in-person services.
- Due to the restricted numbers permitted in the hondo, anyone who wishes to attend in-person services on Sunday, will be required to pre-register via email, our website or telephone, by Thursday at midnight. The preferred method is through email or our website so as not to overwhelm the office. Registration on the website is available for all services marked OPEN. All attendees (including children) must be registered. Please indicate if you wish to sit with others who are in your social circle. Registration after Thursday is by availability only – including seating arrangements.
- There are no in-person CHILDREN’S SERVICES or KIDS’ SANGHA at this time. Our virtual Kids’ Sangha takes place on the fourth Sunday of the month. Please email email@example.com to be placed on the invitation list.
- All individuals will be asked to sanitize their hands and submit a completed health questionnaire to a greeter as they enter the temple through the front door only. This information will be used for contact tracing purposes and will be destroyed after 30 days. Please arrive early to allow for physical distancing and entry protocols.
- Anyone who has travelled outside the country within the past 2 weeks, is not feeling well, is showing any of the signs listed in the health questionnaire, or suspects they have been exposed to COVID-19 should stay home and join our Zoom Service.
- Everyone will be required to wear a face covering for the entire time they are on TBC property (including the parking lot) as required by the City of Toronto By-Law 541-2020.
- TBC will have disposable non-surgical face masks or reusable cloth face masks available for purchase/donation for those who do not bring their own.
- Any individual who cannot or refuses to wear a face covering will be asked to leave, as we are concerned about the safety of everyone attending our services.
- Everyone will be immediately directed into the Hondo and assisted to find a seat. Please do not move the chairs.
- Everyone is asked to bring their own nenju, montoshikisho and service books, if you have them. There will be none to borrow. Headsets will not be available. You will be asked to hold your homyo cards in your lap.
- There will be no group singing or chanting out loud. Only the Minister/leader will chant.
- Offertory baskets will not be passed. Please leave your offertory in the box at the entrance to the hondo.
- At the end of the service, everyone will be escorted directly out of the building. Cleaning and disinfecting of the temple will take place.
- There will be no public access to the 2nd floor and lower level areas. Lower level washrooms are reserved for emergencies only.
- The elevator will be limited to one person unless you are in the same household.
To register for Services
Before registering, please fill out and bring this questionnaire with you to each service.
You can register for service by doing one of the following: