COVID-19 -- New Measures at Dhammadicca
At Dhammadicca Vipassana meditation centre, various countermeasures are being taken to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection so that courses can be held safely. We evaluate the latest information provided by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, and implement countermeasures based on the standards recommended.
Limited Number of Participants
Until the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic at the beginning of 2020, most courses offered a maximum of 64 places for students. In order to reduce any potential chance of infection in the 3Cs (closed places, confined spaces and close-contact settings) we are currently limiting each course to 26 students. We will continue to adjust this limit depending on the circumstances.
Conditions of Participation
We are not accepting the participation of anyone who is infected with COVID, has a high chance of infection, or anyone who falls in the high risk category of becoming severely ill if infected.
Centre Facilities and Course Management
We have installed new equipment and operating methods to support our prevention measures. Please see the notes and images below.
Upon Arrival at the Centre
Disinfection matts for the soles of shoes and instructions for hand washing are now available at the entrance to the centre.
Arrival tents have been erected next to the dining rooms to prevent crowding at the registration desks.
Disinfection of the soles of shoes
Tent while waiting for registration
Course Registration — Day Zero
Limits to the number of people entering the room.
Interviews through a safety screen.
Temperature measurement using a non-contact thermometer and daily temperature checks.
Mask replacement and hand sanitization.
Registration forms completed and printed at home.
Sterilization of common items such as pens etc.
Registration desk and temperature measurement
Registration interviews through transparent stand
A covered porch where shoes can be removed before entering the room.
Students are required to bring slippers.
Sterilization of all surfaces, doorknobs, chairs and tables.
Hand washing sink at the entrances.
Food serving by course servers only.
Dining at designated seats with sufficient space.
Eating utensils and tableware are washed using disposable sponge and then dry sterilized at high temperature.
Individually packaged food
New entrances for men and women have been installed, as well as sinks next to the entrance for hand washing.
A high temperature sterilization unit for tableware and cooking utensils.
Stainless steel cupboards to maintain hygiene for all dishes and utensils
A new sink for washing vegetables and fruits.
Constant air circulation.
Stainless steel cupboards
High temperature sterilization storage
Toilet / Shower Building
Regular disinfectant and antibacterial cleaning for door knobs and switches.
Designated shower room to reduce sharing.
Toilets are allocated and sharing is reduced to a minimum
Alcohol spray is available in each toilet to allow disinfection after each use.
Sterilization floor matts when leaving the toilet building.
Sterilization and antibacterial of common items.
Designated private toilet room
Shower time allocation table is set up with magnets to avoid sharing pens.
Reduced capacity to provide safe distancing.
Frequent checks on air flow using CO2 monitoring, Good ventilation is maintained at all times through opening and closing windows to maintain 700ppm or less.
A new signature board for teacher interviews using a magnet system.
Seating in the Meditation Hall is reduced by half
Ventilation checks with CO2 monitor
Periodic sterilization and antibacterial of door knobs and switches.
Curtains at entrances to the corridor have been removed.
Building is closed for 3 days between courses. Covid viruses on bedding die within 3 days.
Accomodation in private rooms.
Ventilation at the entrance is adjusted by management as needed.
View of a private room from the corridor
Inside a private room
We will continue to monitor and improve the facilities at Dhammadicca to provide the best environment for everyone to meditate safely.
These operation methods have been implemented to manage the COVID-19 situation and will be adjusted as further information becomes known and with the opinions and feedback from course participants.
Japan Vipassana Association,