Public Message #1

Coronavirus Update for the Centre for Mindfulness Studies Community 

March 12, 2020 – The Centre for Mindfulness Studies is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. The Centre takes its lead from public health authorities specifically the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Currently, the risk of transmission in Canada and the Greater Toronto Area remains low. The Centre will continue to monitor the situation, keep you informed, and make provisions as necessary to address any changes to ensure the safety of our community.  

When thinking about attending a program at the Centre we would ask our clients and community to follow The Public Health Agency of Canada guidelines: 

If you have travelled to Hubei province, China, Italy or Iran in the last 14 days, limit your contact with others for 14 days, starting the day you began your journey to Canada. This means self-isolate and stay at home. Contact the public health authority in your province or territory within 24 hours of arriving in Canada for advice.  

Travellers returning from other affected areas should monitor for symptoms.  Those who develop symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) or any other symptoms within 14 days after returning to Canada, are advised to avoid contact with others and contact Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000), your health-care provider, or local health authority.  Inform them about your symptoms and travel history. 

Please note that as the situation is unfolding the Centre has a contingency plan in place to provide uninterrupted delivery of our programs should this become necessary. 

We recommend that you follow these prevention measures: 

  • Stay home when you are ill 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 15 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands 
  • If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces 

Other Resources:  

Public Health Agency of Canada 

Toronto Public Health 

Public Health Ontario 

BC Centre for Disease Control 

World Health Organization WHO 


Below are some of the preventative measures we are taking at the Centre to keep our facilities clean and our community safe. You can also find answers to your questions if you are considering signing up for a program or you are currently registered for one.

Q1. What type of cleaning products do you use to disinfect yoga mats and props?

We are using Lysol Disinfecting Wipes on all surfaces that could be touched. They will also be made available to participants who wish to disinfect their yoga mat/props. We have ample amounts of hand sanitizer that kills 99.9% of germs and has an Ethyl Alcohol content of 70%.

Q2. What extra measures are you taking to ensure our safety during a program?

We are increasing the frequency of our daily Centre maintenance, which includes disinfecting all surfaces (i.e. doorknobs, handles, table surfaces) twice daily and ensuring hand soap and sanitizer is readily available for use at all times.

Q3. Can I bring my own mat to class?

We encourage you to bring your own mat/props from home and we do also have them available if needed.

Q4. Should I still attend class if I have any flu-like symptoms?

We would ask that if you are exhibiting any symptoms (i.e. fever, cough, difficulty breathing), to refrain from attending class. If you have to miss a class, we encourage you to read the participant handout and complete the weekly home practice.

Q5. If I’m currently enrolled in a program and the situation becomes more serious, is there a plan in place for program delivery?

The Centre has a contingency plan in place to provide uninterrupted delivery of our programs should this become necessary. This may include moving some of our in-person programs to an online learning platform so you can participate from the safety and comfort of your home.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please email us at or give us a call at 888-637-9186.