Visiting for the Day
COVID-19 (updated on 30 April)
Similar to last summer and early autumn, starting on 1 May the monastery will be open to visitors from 10.30am until 1.30pm. The midday meal offering is at 11.30am. Visitors will be allowed to enter and remain in the Dhamma Hall during these opening hours. Apart from toilet facilities, no other buildings will be accessible to visitors.
We are as yet unable to share the meal with visitors. However, if you wish to bring your own picnic lunch, please feel free to find a comfortable place outdoors in our gardens to enjoy your meal.
If you wish to drop something off at other times, there is a contact phone number posted at the front drive. Please ring us and we'll come and meet you to receive your offerings.
Although 'places of worship' are legally allowed to remain open, due to the configuration of our buildings we have concerns for the safety and physical wellbeing for both visitors and residents, so apart from the Dhamma Hall, all indoor spaces are closed to the public.
We have recently increased our presence on the Internet by the live-streaming events. The monastery will be offering Guided Meditation live streams every Wednesday from 7.30-8.30pm. We also intend to live-stream the Lunar Observance Night Dhamma talk, on the full and new moons. Please visit the monastery YouTube channel to link to this weekly live stream event and/or subscribe.
If you do come to the monastery to make an offering, in order to safeguard both the resident community and visitors against COVID-19, we ask everyone to please do the following:
If you are feeling unwell, do not come to the monastery.
Practise ‘social distancing’ of at least 2 meters between members of different households at all times.
Use hand gel as provided.
Do not enter any building apart from the designated toilets.
Wear a face covering while standing near anyone outside of your household or bubble.
If you have offerings you wish to make, please take them to the tent outside the kitchen, where they will be gratefully received.
Do not wander out of the designated areas.
It may become necessary to make adjustments to our COVID-19 safety protocols, therefore we suggest that people keep up-to-date by checking this website frequently.
We greatly appreciate your understanding during these difficult times, and send all of our best wishes for your health and wellbeing.
With gratitude and very good wishes,
Abbot – Cittaviveka Monastery