The safety and well-being of our community is of foremost importance to the Temple of Witchcraft and our leadership. Given recent public health concerns, particularly involving COVID-19 or Coronavirus, the Temple wishes to make clear the following guidelines with regard to our public and community events:
Hygiene: First and foremost, we encourage all attendees at public events to maintain proper hygiene, particularly washing your hands regularly, for at least 20–30 seconds using soap, and drying them thoroughly afterwards. Hand-sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content is also helpful but should not be considered a substitute for hand-washing. All public Temple events provide water and soap for hand-washing and hygiene.
Touching: Please do not presume that you have consent to touch other people at a public event. More than hygiene and safety, this is just a matter of politeness and proper boundaries. Always ask permission before touching someone, even a statement as simple as “Hug?” or “May I?” before initiating a touch. Honor any refusal immediately and completely. When looking out for public health, consider not touching unnecessarily, greeting others with a polite bow, for example. Likewise, if you wish not to be touched during ritual, please cross your arms over your body to indicate this.
Food & Beverage: For safety, do not share beverages, food, or eating or drinking utensils with anyone, and ensure any that you use are clean before use. If there is a shared sacrament of drink or food in ritual, you are welcome to simply take in the energy or spirit of the offering without consuming or even touching it.
Consideration: If you feel unwell, especially if you have cold- or flu-like symptoms, please show consideration for others by not attending public events. This is particularly true if you have been diagnosed with any communicable illness, or are currently being tested for one.
We hope that by following these simple guidelines we will be able to help keep our community healthy and ensure its safety.