Following the easing of restrictions and the UK Government’s announcement that private prayer may take place in places of worship, the interim managing trustees and committee has reviewed the risk assessment of 14th June 2020 as updated 4th July 2020 and 5th August 2020.
Opening was initially limited and restricted to access for individual prayer, darshan, matha tek.
The premises were deep-cleaned on the weekend of 1st August 2020. This included Sachkhand, accommodation areas, disinfection of all darbar surfaces including all ceilings and walls, degreasing and disinfection of kitchen, common parts and toilets.
In Phase Two, there was some relaxation on the food or drink (‘consumables’) that could be shared. As of 5th August 2020, these were items essential to the act of worship i.e. Guru Ka Parshaad (either Degh or Sukaa Parshaad, both served pre-packed in bags) and pre-prepared snacks with tea. This is being monitored and reviewed to ascertain compliance and general conduct.
Specific consideration has been given to the demographic, location, building layout, usual processes and behaviours and the potential increased risks of cross-contamination to Croydon’s Sangat. This risk assessment has been made with utmost regard for the health, safety and wellbeing of the Granthis, Sangat and any other member of the public who visits Croydon Gurdwara.
In conclusion, the re-opening of this place of worship will continue to be undertaken in stages, in compliance with the law and with extreme caution. Covid-19 not only affects a disproportionate number of ethnic minorities but there are also known vulnerabilities such as age and pre-existing medical conditions.
Phase One re-opening of Croydon Gurdwara took place on Monday 15th June 2020 limited to private individual prayer (no congregational or communal prayer), and limiting the use of the Gurdwara facilities. Phase Two as of 5th August 2020 allows for lifecycle events and diwans attended by up to 30 people in the upper darbar and 30 people in the langar hall with the serving of pre-prepared light snacks. That remains the status as at today.
The overriding advice to the elderly and the vulnerable is to view the daily streamed services via YouTube and to remain in the safety of their own homes as a second wave of the virus is predicted.
ALL EVENTS MUST BE PRE-BOOKED IN ADVANCE AND ARE LIMITED TO THE RESTRICTIONS CONTAINED HEREIN.