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Covid-19 AZC Response

Update 8 October 2020

New Zealand is at COVID-19 Alert Level 1

The Centre is open and all sittings have resumed. No bookings are required. Please do continue to scan in or sign in, and continue with good Covid-19 hygiene.

At Alert Level 2 the Centre is open. 
However, are still restrictions on religious gatherings (e.g. that 1 metre physical distancing is required at meetings). These restrictions are in place because religious gatherings are considered to have a high risk of transmitting COVID-19. This means we need to change how we come together for sittings and ceremonies at the Centre. 

Basic guidelines for staff, customers and members using or visiting the Centre at Level 2 :

  • You shouldn’t visit the Centre if you have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • You shouldn’t visit the Centre if you need to be in isolation for any reason.
  • When at the Centre try to keep at least 1 metre apart from each other.
  • Wash hands thoroughly and often and practice good COVID hygiene
    • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or cover your mouth with a tissue
    • Put any used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately. Then wash or disinfect your hands.
    • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

At Alert Level 2 the Centre will ensure that:

  • Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected.
  • Soap and paper towels provided in the bathrooms and kitchen for hand washing and drying.
  • Hand sanitiser is provided in the foyer for people coming in.
  • Up-to-date health advice is provided around the Centre.
  • Contact-tracing details are recorded for everyone using the Centre.

Additional measures in place for sitting together during Level 2:

Physical distancing:

  • Cushions in the zendo and dokusan room placed 1 m apart.

Reducing transmission risk: 

  • Use of robes discontinued.

  • Standing bows only (no prostrations).

Sharing food and drinks:

  • No reuse of water cups -- all used cups washed daily  
  • Tea after sittings OK but only served food (no shared food)

  • No shared meals (breakfast and lunches are BYO)


At Alert Level 2.5 the Centre may open, but bookings are needed to ensure we meet restrictions on the size of gatherings. 
The general hygiene guidelines for Level 2 apply (see above). 

At Alert Levels 3 and 4, the Centre is closed, in line with Government requirements.

The focus for staff and Trustees at Alert Levels 3 and 4 is on providing ongoing support for Sangha through on-line content, Facebook, regular email updates and individual contact by phone or Skype.

Streamed sittings: Sensei and Sangha members continue to hold all scheduled formal sittings (separately, each at home) and will be streaming all formal sittings on Mixlr. Anyone with internet access can click on the Mixlr link at the scheduled time to hear the sitting.

Skype dokusan: Sensei offers weekly dokusan for any Auckland members. This is in addition to the regular Wednesday Skype dokusan for out-of-Auckland Sangha, which will continue. Members can email Sensei to request a dokusan time.

Zoom discussion times: Regular Zoom discussion times are announced in the email update each week. 

At all Alert Levels we closely follow the Government guidelines and especially the guidelines for religious communities.