CHANGES TO TEMPLE SERVICES (updated August 6, 2021)
Thank you for visiting our update page. We are pleased to once again announce our plan to reopen the Toronto Buddhist Church (TBC) for services on Sunday, September 12, 2021.
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.
In Stage 3 of Ontario’s reopening, the capacity in the hondo is limited to the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres. However, the capacity of all social events is limited to 25 persons, which is not enough to allow us to socialize after the service. The safety of all our temple members and guests continues to be our utmost concern and we must remain vigilant in the continuing battle with COVID-19.
We will continue to hold weekly virtual services through Zoom. Zoom has given our attendees an opportunity to see each other and have some interaction before and after services in a safe manner. If you are interested in attending the virtual Zoom Services, please send an email request to email@example.com to be put on the invitation list. Hope to “see” you there!
SOME HIGHLIGHTS of new Safety Protocols
Please read “General Protocols for Service Attendees” for details.
- You will be required to pre-register your attendance as capacity is limited
- Each attendee (including children) must self-screen and sign in or have their attendance recorded
- You will be required to wear a face mask indoors, sanitize your hands and observe physical distancing practices.
- The temple will be fully cleaned after each service with all high touch areas sanitized/disinfected.
- Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be available.
If an attendee chooses not to abide by TBC’s protocols they will be asked to leave for the safety of others. You will be able to attend our live-streamed services on Zoom.
SOME HIGHLIGHTS of Changes
- The on-line Zoom services will continue.
- There will be no group singing or chanting out loud in the hondo
- There will be no books, nenju, headsets, or montoshikisho to borrow.
- Please leave your offertory in the offertory box as baskets will not be passed.
- There will be no refreshments or socializing inside the temple.
Even a carefully measured reopening carries the risk of contagion, so please carefully consider your own risk category and your ability to abide by our carefully considered safety protocols.
Please let us know if you have any questions. 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.
- Anyone who wishes to attend a service on Sunday, will be required to pre-register through email, our website or telephone, before Friday at noon. The preferred method is through email or our website so as not to overwhelm the office. All attendees (including children) must be registered.
- Walk-ins will be allowed as space allows. It is highly recommended that you pre-register.
- Each individual will be required to sanitize their hands and sign in with contact information. 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, including self-screening.
- Anyone who is not feeling well, suspects they have been exposed to COVID-19, or is not vaccinated and has travelled outside the country within the previous 2 weeks should stay home. Services will be live-streamed via Zoom.
- Everyone will be required to wear a proper face covering while they are inside the temple. Any individual who cannot or refuses to wear a face covering will be asked to leave. Please consider not only your own personal safety but the safety of those who are more vulnerable.
- Please do not congregate in the foyer. Everyone will be asked to go directly into the Hondo and 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 no longer be available.
- There will be no group singing or chanting out loud. Only the Minister/leader will chant.
- No offertory baskets will be passed. Please leave your offering in the offertory box.
- At the end of the service, everyone will be directed to leave the building as there will be no refreshments in the social hall until restrictions are lifted. Please do not congregate in the foyer.
- Cleaning and disinfecting of the temple will take place.
- 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: