Covid-19 Policies for The 2021 Program Season

In order to ensure the safety of participants and our staff during the 2021 season, the following COVID-19 policies apply when you are visiting or participating in a program at Dorje Denma Ling:

Guests and Teachers

All guests (including teachers) are encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccination when it becomes available. Whether or not you have been vaccinated, we ask that all guests comply with the restrictions that are in place at Dorje Denma Ling.

On arrival, all guests must sign a statement that they are not experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, particularly fever and cough, and have not experienced those symptoms for at least 7 days prior to arrival. If symptoms occur while attending the program, we will require that the guest take a COVID-19 test and make arrangements to leave Dorje Denma Ling immediately. Dorje Denma Ling will not be able to support the guest or provide transportation.

Dorje Denma Ling Staff

 All our staff are expected to receive the COVID-19 vaccination when it becomes available. Until that time, staff will abide by all the guidelines for guests as outlined in the text below, except  when they  are in their own quarters or in the staff lounge.

Guidelines for Different Areas of the Facility

Events in the Shrine Room

Before your arrival, the staff will thoroughly clean all common areas, and specify the rooms that visitors can and cannot enter. It is your responsibility to follow these health and safety guidelines:

  • Wear a mask at all times when entering and moving around in all indoor common areas.
  • Use hand sanitizer upon entering and leaving.
  • Maintain the physical distance of 2 meters between you and others in common areas whenever possible.
  • Limit your presence to those rooms into which you have been invited; don’t stray out of bounds.
  • During the practice event, you will find your seat is socially distanced according to regulations. You may remove your mask when practising, or leave it on if that feels safer to you.
  • When you leave your “socially distanced practice spot” for any reason, you must use your mask and sanitize or wash your hands again.

Staying in Gyatso Lodge

Before your arrival, the staff will thoroughly clean all common areas, as well as the bathroom and room to which you have been assigned. You will be expected to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Wear a mask at all times when entering and moving around in hallways and common areas.
  • Use hand sanitizer or wash hands frequently.
  • Maintain the physical distance of 2 meters between you and others in common areas.
  • Limit your presence to those rooms to which you have been assigned.
  • Limit shared use of bathrooms to others in your immediate household or solo use. (Do not enter the shower area if occupied by others).
  • Keep personal items in the room to which you have been assigned. Nothing should be left in the shower area.

Dining at Dorje Denma Ling

  • Wear a mask at all times when entering and moving around in common areas.
  • Use hand sanitizer upon entering the dining area.
  • Maintain the physical distance of 2 meters between you and others in common areas.
  • Collect your food plate and move to seating areas located outdoors, or at indoor tables in case of rain. Seating will be socially distanced. Maintain this distance unless you are attending with family or friends in your “personal bubble.”
  • Limit your presence to those rooms into which you have been invited; don’t stray out of bounds. Signs will be posted.
  • Do not enter the kitchen, unless invited.
  • Report for your kitchen ROTA duties on-time and with a mask. Make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before handling any food items.

Outdoor Activities at Dorje Denma Ling

  • A mask is not required outdoors where social distancing is possible.
  • Wear a mask at all times when entering a building, or when instructed to do so for specific events, such as an outdoor lhasang or when chanting occurs.
  • Use hand sanitizer upon entering a building.
  • Maintain the physical distance of 2 meters between you and others who are not in your household when outside.
  • Enjoy the beauty of the land!