Covid 19

New approach to Covid 19 at Colchester Buddhist Centre from Thursday 27th January 2022

On 19th January the Government announced that England’s Plan B measures would come to an end on Thursday 26th January. These include the mandatory requirement to wear masks in public places.

In the light of that news we are happy to announce that we will be returning to the arrangements that we had in place prior to the Plan B arrangements coming into law.

With the ending of legal restrictions the Government has stressed the need for personal responsibility in protecting ourselves and others from Covid infection and so we would like you to consider the following before attending the Centre:

What should I consider before coming to the Centre for an in-person class?

  • If you have Covid symptoms please do not attend the Centre until you have taken a Covid test and had a negative result. (Covid symptoms include – a persistent new cough, a high temperature, loss of sense of taste/smell)
  • If you have been advised by Test & Trace to self-isolate due to close contact with someone who has tested positive please do not come to the Centre until your isolation period is over.
  • If you have been in recent contact with someone who has tested positive please do not come to the Centre until you have taken a test and have a negative result.

For further information on what to do if you have Covid symptoms, have been tested positive, or have been in contact with someone who has Covid please go to:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/how-long-to-self-isolate/

  • If you are in a high risk group please remember that the Centre cannot guarantee that you will not come into contact with someone who has Covid.
  • Please remember that although you may be comfortable with hugging and close contact, other people may not be.
  • Masks will be required to be worn whilst moving around the building
  • However while we are seated we can remove masks (i.e. when we arrive and sit down; at tea break; study and meditation).
  • If you feel comfortable wearing a mask then you are invited to continue to do so.
  • We will continue to have doors and windows open to encourage airflow.

What if I am not happy coming to the Centre at the moment?

We are aware that not everyone will feel comfortable with the idea of meeting others at this point, also a number of people do not live close enough to the Centre to get to “in person classes”, so it is our intention to continue with a mix of “in person” and “online”, activities. The details of these activities are on the classes and events page of this website. We hope that this mix of classes will ensure that no one is excluded from practising with us.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Centre and if we all bear in mind our responsibility to others and ourselves then that can be a safe and rewarding experience for all.

If you have any comments or suggestions regarding our classes please email us at contact@colchesterbuddhistcentre.com

Conclusion

All these arrangements will be reviewed by the trustees at the end of February and any changes communicated appropriately.