At its meeting on Wednesday, May 5th, the Governing Body Commission (GBC) of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) discussed the urgent need for stricter implementation of health safety protocols at its international headquarters in Mayapur, India. At the meeting, GBC members expressed their exasperation and worry that videos and other reports from Mayapur showed that some devotees were disregarding ISKCON's health policies regarding the Covid crisis, and were thus placing themselves and others at risk. 

A committee was formed of GBC members BB Govinda Swami, Radhanath Swami, Anuttama das, and Radha Krishna das to compile specific recommendations. A special GBC meeting was held on Friday, May 7th, to finalize new directives for Mayapur. 

On May 5th, the same day the GBC held their meeting, the Government of West Bengal established a new protocol of its own, including strict limits on the size of family events like marriages and funerals, the closing of shops, restaurants, etc.

The May 7th GBC Directive has three parts: 1) To strictly follow the new West Bengal government mandates; 2) To strictly follow additional practices provided by a team of medical experts affiliated with ISKCON, and 3) To strictly follow the ISKCON Deity Ministry Covid health policies for temple worship. Regular reporting to the GBC is required to ensure the standards are strictly implemented.

Read more: https://iskconnews.org/gbc-mandates-improved-covid-health-protocols-at-mayapur,7796/

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