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Information for the Tibetan Buddhist Society Community: Coronavirus-2019

  1. Introduction
  2. Visiting the centre
  3. Personal hygiene
  4. Food preparation, serving and consumption
  5. Communication of incidents 

1. Introduction

The Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is causing worldwide concern with increasing numbers of cases now occurring in many countries, including Australia. It is a challenging time, with the situation changing on a daily basis. 

The Tibetan Buddhist Society is keeping abreast of advice provided by the Australian Government, the Victorian Government’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the World Health Organisation.

It is important that those in the Tibetan Buddhist Society community also follow current Australian Government advice, in order to reduce the risk of virus transmission. Click here for further details.  

Classes and events at the Tibetan Buddhist Society are now on hold as explained in the email and pending further advice.

2. Visiting the Centre

While the centre is closed for classes and events for those who may need to visit the centre on occasion please be advised of the following. Consistent with Australian Government advice and in order to protect everyone in our community, please do not come to the centre for any reason if:

  • You have flu-like symptoms – fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath.
  • You are unwell with general cold symptoms.
  • You have been in close or casual contact with someone with suspected or confirmed Coronavirus disease in the last two weeks.
  • You have left a moderate or higher risk country in the last two weeks – Mainland China, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, or Mongolia. Please note that this list is regularly updated on the Federal Health Website.

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3. Personal hygiene

For the protection of ourselves and each other in community settings such as the Tibetan Buddhist Society, it is advised we follow these protocols:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water, for 20 seconds, and dry with a paper towel, or rub your hands thoroughly with an alcohol-based hand sanitiser until dry. All bathrooms have liquid soap and paper towels available, and bins to dispose of paper towels. Hand sanitiser may not be available, so you can choose to bring your own. Hand cleaning posters will be located in the kitchen and bathrooms to assist good hand hygiene.
  • Use a tissue and cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze or use your bent elbow to cough or sneeze into if you don’t have a tissue. Discard tissue in a closed bin and wash hands immediately.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Avoid close contact with others including personal greetings such as touching, handshakes, kisses, and hugs.
  • Maintain at least 1 metre distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

4. Food preparation, serving and consumption at the Tibetan Buddhist Society

It is very important that we maintain strong hygiene standards when preparing, serving and consuming food at the Tibetan Buddhist Society, or preparing food at home for consumption at the Tibetan Buddhist Society.

This includes, but is not limited to,

  • Do not prepare or serve food for other people if you have symptoms of respiratory illness.
  • Ensure surfaces are well cleaned and disinfected prior to and after preparation, serving and consumption of food. 
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water, or sanitise thoroughly with alcohol-based rub, regularly, and prior to and after preparing or serving food. 
  • Wash hands thoroughly after eating or drinking; after cleaning; after blowing nose, sneezing or coughing; after using the toilet; and after handling money.
  • Clean all cutlery, crockery and kitchen equipment in a dishwasher at high temperature.
  • Wash tea towels regularly in a washing machine at high temperature.

Cleaning of surfaces

All frequently touched hard surfaces (including kitchen and bathrooms) at the Tibetan Buddhist Society will be cleaned and disinfected regularly to ensure good hygiene standards are maintained. Cleaning and disinfecting agents and written instructions will be provided.

5. Communication of incidents

If there is a suspected COVID-19 infection at the centre, we will advise all possible contacts as soon as possible, and respond according to the most up-to-date Government advice. 

If you have visited the centre or Banksia Gardens Community Services and experience flu-like symptoms within two weeks of the visit, in addition to seeking medical advice, please advise us as soon as possible, so we can advise all potential contacts.  

b. If you become unwell while at the centre

In the event of a resident or visitor developing symptoms suggestive of Coronavirus disease while at the centre, we have a plan in place to assist the person, and to minimise risk of spread. This will include isolation of the person, provision of masks, organising transport to a Dr/clinic for testing and medical assistance, and thorough cleaning and disinfection of all relevant surfaces and linen. It is important that any visitor to the centre alerts someone to flu-like symptoms immediately.

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Wendy, Sox, Anna or Cathy at the centre on 9333 1770 or via contact@tushita.org.