Covid-19 Updates

Please Note:

  • Registration is no longer required to come for darshan. Please feel free to visit the Temple for darshan!
  • New masking policy, effective April 1st, 2022 (please see below)
  • All eligible individuals (5 years+) will be asked to show proof of full vaccination status upon entering the Temple
  • Devotees must cooperate with Temple volunteers, for everyone’s safety.
  • Our policies may change anytime without notice, depending on need.

SVTS Masking Policy (effective April 1st, 2022)

SVTS`s new mask policy encourages the continued use of masks, but most individuals will now have the right to decide if and when they should wear a mask.

Masks are still required for:

  • Eligible individuals (5 years+) who are unvaccinated, including those who have received exemptions from vaccination.
  • Individuals who has tested positive following 5 days of isolation, must wear a mask on days 6-10.

Masks are strongly encouraged for:

  • Individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19; for 10 days following their exposure.
  • Individuals who are considered high risk.

31 Mar 2022

The Temple Administration continues to keep devotees’ and volunteers’ safety and well being our top priority.

Please be aware, the Sri Vidya Temple is requiring that all devotees must register to come for darshan of Sri Rajarajeswari. If you are experiencing any symptoms or have been exposed to anyone positive for Covid-19, please refrain from visiting the Temple for the recommended time frame (please see above).

We continue to follow all New York State Covid-19 guidelines. Preventing the spread of Covid-19 requires all of us to work together, and these restrictions will also help in protecting the entire community during this time of increased travel and gatherings.

Please read all our guidelines for Darshan detailed below before your visit to the Temple. Thank you!

Register for Darshan

Please select a time you’d like to visit the Temple to start the registration process. Please read all the guidelines for darshan listed below on the page.

**IMPORTANT** If you wish to visit the Temple from out of state, you must review the NY State travel restrictions for visitors from other states and make sure that you can comply with the travel restrictions: click here to review NYS travel restrictions.

Once you have read the Darshan Guidelines below, you may register to come for darshan. We thank you in advance for your cooperation with these safety guidelines.

Darshan Guidelines

PRECAUTIONS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF RISK

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has advised that certain groups of people may be at higher risk from Coronavirus. This includes: 1) people over 65 years of age, and 2) people with underlying conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or lung conditions. Please consult with your doctor for guidance on visiting any public places.

Although the Temple is taking all possible safety measures, it is impossible to guarantee that visitors will not be exposed to Coronavirus. Those who visit the Temple are doing so at their own risk, and the Temple cannot be held responsible for any potential exposures.

BEFORE ARRIVING AT THE TEMPLE

  • Devotees must register before visiting.
  • All eligible individuals (12 years +) will be asked to show proof of full vaccination status upon entering the temple.
  • Please make sure to follow our Temple Dress Code when you come, as we are not able to provide shawls, skirts, or veshtis “on loan.”
  • Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 must not enter the Temple. Those with fever, cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath should stay home and consult their doctor. Anyone who has had symptoms of Covid-19 should wait two weeks after the symptoms end, or consult their doctor as to when it is safe to leave the house.
  • A very limited number of people will be allowed in the Temple at any given time. This includes volunteers performing necessary tasks.
  • Devotees who have registered should wait in their cars until their selected time. All personal belongings should be left in the car.

UPON ENTERING THE TEMPLE

  • Visitors must wear a mask at all times while inside the Temple and maintain a distance of six feet from anyone outside their household.
  • All visitors must wash their hands as soon as they enter the Temple. This is a requirement.
  • Visitors should stay within the areas marked by signs and barriers. The Bookstore/Office will remain closed and the Kitchen is not open to the public.

Visitors may not request sankalpam in person. Devotees should continue to use the online form to request archana or other sankalpam.

UPON LEAVING THE TEMPLE

  • Please follow the signs guiding you out of the Temple.
  • Packed prasadam will be available in a designated location for pick-up on the way out.