The Office of the Bishop has initiated a series of memos to district, temple, and affiliated organization leaders to provide guidance in making decisions about temple activities and procedures during the COVID-19 virus outbreak.
- 03/24/2020: HHMH COVID-19 Memo 4
Updates to directives and recommendations in light of stay-at-home and emergency orders for Oahu, Maui, and the state of Hawaii. Covers bedside and funeral services and minimum basic operations.
- 03/17/2020: HHMH COVID-19 Memo 3
New directives and recommendations from headquarters (a condensed, website version of what was sent to Hongwanji leaders and staff). See also a message from Bishop Matsumoto to accompany Memo 3.
- 03/16/2020: April 5 HBC Buddha Day Service CANCELED. As a precautionary measure related to the COVID-19 virus, the Hawaii Buddhist Council has canceled the HBC Buddha Day Service on Sunday, April 5. Neither an in-person nor an online HBC Buddha Day Service will be offered. (Note that the Hongwanji State Ministers Association intends to present a simple online service at 10 a.m. on April 5.) This item was updated to reflect the cancellation of the online service as well.
- 03/11/2020: HHMH COVID-19 Memo 2
Suggestions for temples to consider for possible implementation and action.
- 03/03/2020: HHMH COVID-19 Memo 1
Introductory memo with best practices for limiting transmission of respiratory illnesses, links to agency resources, being prepared.
Excerpt on guidelines for individuals:
- Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Washing hands before eating and after using the bathroom
- Covering coughs or sneezes (with sleeve rather than hands)
- Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
- Staying home when sick and seeing a doctor if experiencing a fever above 100°
- Getting an updated flu vaccine