COVID-19 Safety at LAI
Policies and Procedures to Maintain the Health of Our Interns, Faculty, and Local Community
Banyan’s mission as an Ayurvedic wellness company is to help people achieve and maintain optimal health and well-being. As a comprehensive approach to health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have implemented the following measures as they relate to the Living Ayurveda Internship:
- Adherence to CDC and Oregon state guidelines.
Banyan regularly consults with on-staff MDs and Ayurvedic practitioners, and closely monitors the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and state guidelines from the Oregon Department of Health for updates and recommendations.
- Require incoming interns to self-isolate before traveling and practice additional sanitary measures while traveling.
Interns are asked to observe shelter-in-place guidelines for 14 days prior to arriving at the Banyan Farm for the in-residence internship. In some cases a COVID-19 test may be required, showing negative results prior to travel.
While traveling, interns are asked to practice extra sanitary precautions, including frequent hand washing and sanitizing.
- Conduct a symptom pre-screening of interns and incoming faculty prior to arrival.
- Conduct a symptom screening and quarantine upon arrival.
Interns are screened for symptoms and complete a 14 day quarantine on the farm out of respect for the local community.
- Practice physical distancing, environmental sanitizing, and mask-wearing during internship classes and when engaging with the local community.
- Adjust session duration and number of participants.
Internship sessions have been shortened to accomodate optimal travel times, and the maximum number of participants per session has been reduced.