COVID-19 GURDWARA UPDATE

NATIONAL LOCKDOWN 5TH NOVEMBER – 2ND DECEMBER 2020

  • The morning and evening Nitnem will continue to be broadcasted live, daily at 4.00am and 4.00pm for viewing via the website and social media channels.

  • The Gurdwara will be open for Darshan of Siri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and individual prayer all day. “Individual prayer” means a person coming to the Gurdwara, doing Matha Tek,  personally doing Simran, Paath and Ardaas. 

  • The Sangat’s safety and wellbeing are paramount; therefore, the following rules must be adhered to at all times:

    • wear face coverings in all parts of the Gurdwara

    • keep a safe distance from others

    • have temperature checked on arrival

    • follow the one-way system throughout the Gurdwara

    • use only the front entrance doors for entering and leaving. 

  • We advise that you check whether the Gurdwara is busy through the live occupancy counter on the Gurdwara’s website and GNDG App, and try to come at less busy times.

  • Requests for Ardaas and online donations are unaffected and will continue via the website. www.gurunanakdarbar.org.

  • Gurdwara Communual Prayers will not be conducted, i.e.  Anand Karaj, family-booked Akhand Paath or Sukhmani Sahib Paath during this period.

  • Sangat with bookings during the lockdown period will be contacted and offered cancellation or alternative dates as per the availability.

  • Funeral services can be held with the Antim Ardaas at the Gurdwara, with a maximum of 30 persons attending. Families will need to check with Crematoria about their maximum numbers, which may be lower in some cases. 

  • The Sports Hall will be closed for all sports activities during the lockdown period. All GNG sports activities, indoor and outdoor, are suspended until further notice. Further information will be available on Facebook pages of GNG Sports Club and GNG Football Club. 

  • The Punjabi School will be open on Saturdays as normal, until further notice.

  • The Gurdwara Health and Wellbeing Team will continue to provide support for physical and mental health issues. Contact them on 07398 704481 Monday – Friday, 10.00am -  4.00pm. “Sikh Your Mind” also provide mental health support for Sikhs and can be contacted on Freephone 0333 2101021 daily from 7.00pm to 10.00pm.

Whilst we continue to monitor developments about the Covid-19 pandemic (Coronavirus), we kindly suggest you follow the official advice published by governing bodies. For ease, we have supplied the links below.

If the Coronavirus is to impact the schedule of the Gurdwara Sahib's programmes, it will be published here and on our social media pages.

What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus is a virus that causes an illness called COVID-19. It affects your lungs and airways. For most people, it causes mild symptoms while for others it can be more serious and require hospital treatment.

It’s a new illness, so there’s a lot we don’t know for sure yet, but the Government is making lots of preparations to help contain coronavirus as much as possible.

There are simple, effective things we can all do to reduce our risk of catching COVID-19 or transmitting the virus to other people.

 

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

The symptoms are:

  • a cough

  • a high temperature

  • shortness of breath.  

These symptoms are similar to lots of other illnesses, like common colds and flu. If someone has these symptoms it doesn’t necessarily mean they have coronavirus.

 

How can I reduce my risk of getting coronavirus?

One of the most important things you can do to reduce the risk of infection for yourself and the people around you is to wash your hands, frequently and thoroughly, with soap and hot water. You should wash your hands more often than you would normally.

You should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or for two rounds of the song ‘Happy Birthday’, especially when you get home after going out, before eating or handling food, and after sneezing or blowing your nose.  

Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. You should also make sure you catch coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve – not your hands – and put used tissues in the bin. Then wash your hands. 

If you have a new, continuous cough or a high temperature the Government has advised that you stay at home for 7 days. 

 
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Coronavirus Advice Videos Kindly Provided by World Sikh Parliament
 
What is CORONAVIRUS and it's impact to the elderly?
What is Social Distancing?
Why are Gurdwara's cancelling events?
A Chardi Kala response
Tips on how we can help our community with this crisis
Different approaches by different countries in tackling the crisis
How to Self-Isolate
Advice to Sikh parents during the CORONAVIRUS crisis