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COVID-19
PRECAUTIONS & PREPARATIONS

OUR FOUR PILLARS OF HEALTH

RIGOROUS CLEANING • GENEROUS SPACE PROPER PPE • REGULAR SCREENING

 

At the Dharmakaya Center we have always maintained the highest levels of cleanliness—after all, we are a center dedicated to fostering wellbeing.  With the onset of COVID-19, we have expanded our precautions, assiduously researching health and safety protocols to develop our operational blueprint.

We believe that our small size and spacious grounds enable us to follow best practices for safety while continuing to provide programs that feel more essential than ever.

To be present on property, one needs to be a guest, a volunteer or a staff member. With only private rooms, each designed to promote seclusion, and a spacious, light- and air-filled Meditation Hall, set on our 90-plus-acre campus, we are ideally suited to allow for more space, naturally.

Still, many people are—quite reasonably—concerned about any travel these days. We have compiled this page to share our strategies and protocols; we will be updating our protocols as recommendations evolve, so please check back periodically. We also encourage you to speak with us directly if you have any questions or concerns about our policies at the Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing.

 

 

NAVIGATING THE VIRUS

We are helping combat the spread of COVID-19 by lowering staff and guest counts, expanding social distancing, eliminating potential threats where possible, mitigating them through controls where not, and ensuring Personal Protective Equipment usage where appropriate.

 

These FAQs address our retreatants' most common concerns; please scroll down for more detail.

CAN ANYONE VISIT THE CENTER?

We welcome visitors from around the world. However, if you are visiting from outside New York State, we ask that you check the New York State travel guidelines to understand any government-mandated travel restrictions: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory

IS THERE A PRE-ARRIVAL HEALTH SCREENING?

Yes, all guests receive a standard health survey 1 day before arrival; they also receive a temperature screening as part of check in.

DO STAFF MEMBERS UNDERGO DAILY SCREENING?

Yes, staff do a daily self-assessment and temperature check. They are also following strict hygiene protocols.

WHAT IS YOUR MASK POLICY?

Retreatants are asked to wear masks on arrival, when standing in line in the Dining Hall, when moving around the Meditation Hall, in the shared bathrooms, and any time it is not possible to keep 6 feet of distance from others. You may remove your mask when seated in socially distanced spots in the Meditation Hall. Mask usage during yoga is at the discretion of the teacher. We ask that everyone bring their own masks.

IS THERE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE OPEN WINDOWS?

All our meeting rooms, bedrooms and our Dining Hall have windows and doors that open to the outside, so we can supplement our circulating air with fresh air.

WHAT ARE YOUR CLEANING PROTOCOLS?

We have enhanced our already detailed cleaning process with an additional 40-point protocol for meetings rooms, guest rooms, the Dining Hall and bathrooms, paying special attention to high-touch areas. Please see ENHANCED CLEANING PROTOCOLS below for additional detail. 

HOW ARE YOU HANDLING FOOD SERVICE?

We have temporarily suspended our beloved buffet, and we are serving the same delicious farm-to-table food in individual boxes. While beverages are still self serve, we have implemented precautions to avoid multi-touch contact. The Dining Room is set up for social distancing, the patio is available for dining, and, when necessary, we are dividing retreatants into two meal shifts to ensure proper social distancing. Please see ENHANCED SAFETY PRECAUTIONS: FOOD & BEVERAGE below for more detail.

WHAT HAPPENS IF SOMEONE FALLS ILL?

If a retreatant begins to feel ill while on campus, they should immediately notify our staff. We will help them seek immediate local medical care or make their way home. We will also keep fellow retreatants apprised of the situation as it develops. 

FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

In establishing our protocols we have broadly:

  • Adopted all measures recommended by New York State, the Centers for Disease Control and the WHO
  • Followed New York State gathering guidelines
  • Adopted Safe Stay Guidelines, developed by the American Hotel and Lodging Association and Best Practices for Reopening Retail Food Establishments During the COVID-19 Pandemic from the US Food and Drug Administration
  • Adopted best practices developed by other centers

While on campus, please adhere to social distancing regulations, wear masks when you can't social distance, and use hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes—not because we don’t love you, but because we do!

ENHANCED CLEANING PROTOCOLS

  • Use of hospital-grade disinfectants throughout the campus, including all public spaces and bedrooms
  • Team members dedicated to continual cleaning of high-touch areas
  • Disinfectant wipes and/or hand sanitizer available in all bathrooms and in key areas around campus
  • Rooms cleaned immediately after departure; during a stay, housekeeping will not enter a room unless specifically requested by a guest

ENHANCED SAFETY PRECAUTIONS: GUESTS

  • Masks worn in all public areas whenever strict social distancing is not possible
  • Guests spaced 6 or more feet apart in the Mediation Hall
  • Limited class time within the hall, with many activities moved outdoors
  • Online health survey completed before arrival
  • Stay rescheduled or cancelled with no penalty if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, including cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of taste or smell, or fever
  • Temperature screening at arrival
  • Health and hygiene reminders placed around campus

ENHANCED SAFETY PRECAUTIONS:

STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS

  • All team members receive COVID-19 safety and facility sanitation protocol training per CDC recommendations
  • All team members pledge to stay home when sick, frequently wash hands, hand sanitize, maintain social distancing guidelines, and abide by the protocols established to combat COVID-19
  • Wear masks in all public areas and use gloves as appropriate
  • Wash hands or hand sanitize every time you enter a building
  • Daily temperature screening

ENHANCED SAFETY PRECAUTIONS:

FOOD & BEVERAGE

  • Tables are spaced at least 6 feet apart, with outdoor dining options available
  • Two meal seatings if necessary to minimize number of people served at one time with strict table- and chair-sanitation protocols between seatings
  • All buffets and communal beverage services are suspended
  • All food service items are handled according to FDA Food Code requirements
  • Kitchen and Dining room doors to outside remain open (weather dependent) to promote fresh air circulation
  • US Food and Drug Administration’s Best Practices for Reopening Retail Food Establishments During the COVID-19 Pandemic Food Safety Checklist clearly posted

In addition to the precautions listed above, we have implemented a number of “behind the scenes” safeguards to help maximize safety.

ADDRESSING HEALTH CONCERNS

  • Guests, staff and volunteers who are or suspect they may be sick should remain at home until 14-days from the time they are symptom-free
  • Anyone with a confirmed case of coronavirus should immediately notify the Dharmakaya Center team; we will alert any guests who may have been exposed
Dharmakaya Center For Wellbeing
191 Cragsmoor Road

Cragsmoor, New York 12566
845.640.4593

© 2019 Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing. All rights reserved

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Dharmakaya Center For Wellbeing
191 Cragsmoor Road Cragsmoor, New York 12566
845.640.4593

Privacy Policy

© 2019 Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing. All rights reserved