In June, ISKCON’s GBC SPT Strategic Planning Support Unit released a Temple Re-opening Guide along with a decision-making toolkit to help leaders assess the right time to re-open their temple during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In August, the Strategic Planning Support Unit (SPS) has followed up with a set of Safe Re-opening Guidelines containing safe practices for ISKCON leaders and devotees to use while visiting or doing devotional service at the temple, as well as while doing day-to-day activities such as going to work or the grocery store: https://gbcstrategicplanningteam.com/2020/08/guidelines-for-a-safe-re-opening-of-temples/
The set includes a comprehensive Safe Re-opening Handbook for all, to be distributed to your social media, WhatsApp and email contact list; a one-page Leaders’ Quick Guide on how leaders should prepare their temple for re-opening; and a Visitors’ Poster providing safe practices for visitors to follow when they come to the temple. The SPS recommends that this poster be printed and displayed at the temple entrance and at other strategic areas in and around the temple.
“The current pandemic has infected more than 24 million people globally and claimed the lives of close to 900,000 people,” says Subhananda Das, convener of the SPS. “No one knows for sure when a vaccine will be available and implemented globally, although many are in development. We are here to assist ISKCON leaders to make proactive strategic decisions in uncertain times.”