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“Covid - A Year After”
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COVID-19 FAQs
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COVID-19 Home Isolation Guidelines
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COVID Testing Protocol
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March 3, 2022

New Covid Guidelines dated 02.03.2022

Dear Community Friends,

The Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has issued a new press release on 2 March 2022.

The ban on social, cultural and political gatherings, which has been in effect so far, was lifted from 03.03.2022.

All other restrictions are also waived except for marriage that are allowed with a maximum limit of 500 people and funeral that are allowed with a maximum number of 250 people.

The official Tamil text of the press release of the Honourable Chief Minister and the English translation are available at this link [...]. We will update as and when there are new guidelines issued.

Please, remember to continue applying all due precautions of wearing masks and maintaining distance when interacting with others and in public spaces/facilities, and regularly washing hands or using sanitiser.

With best wishes to all,

~ The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali, Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


February 13, 2022

New COVID Guidelines dated 12.02.2022

Dear Community Friends,

The Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has issued a new press release on 12 February 2022 with the Covid Guidelines applicable up to 2 March.

The key points are:

  • Kindergarten and Primary Schools can reopen from February 16th
  • Exhibitions are now allowed to be held
  • Maximum attendance for marriages is now increased to 200 persons and for funerals 100 persons
  • Public events such as social, cultural and political gatherings will continue to be banned
  • All the other provisions and relaxations that were announced with the previous guidelines continue to be applied
  • The official Tamil text of the press release of the Honorable Chief Minister and the English translation are available at this link [...].
  • We will update as and when there are new guidelines issued.

Please, remember to continue applying all due precautions of wearing masks and maintaining distance when interacting with others and in public spaces/facilities, and regularly washing hands or using sanitiser.

With best wishes to all,

~ The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali, Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


February 11, 2022

WCom: Covid Update & New Guidelines for International Arrival

Dear Community friends,

We here inform you that the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare of the Government of India has issued new guidelines for international arrival that will be applicable after 14 February. The main points are that quarantine after arrival will not be required any more. Passengers, who are fully vaccinated and belong to countries that have a mutual recognition agreement of the vaccine with India, can travel without any test before departure. The full text of the guidelines is available at this link [...].

We are also sharing below a note of Santé Coordination regarding the Covid situation in Auroville, see below.

Kindly yours,

~ The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali, Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


Note from Santé Coordination

This is an update on the current Covid situation in Auroville. The new Covid variant spreads rapidly yet the intensity of symptoms is lower and the period of illness is shorter. The symptoms at times are mistaken as a common flu so people move around with it. There have been some cases in Auroville, but we have information only about those who contacted us and only their names were entered into the quarantine list. Other people have not informed us and managed on their own.

We recommend people who have even minor symptoms to take the necessary precautions and restrict their contacts with others in order to prevent the spread. If symptoms persists beyond 5-7 days, contact doctors at Santé or the Health Centre over the phone and get a consultation. The doctors will advise you about next steps and if tests are required, the coordination team will facilitate the test based on the need and advice of the doctors. Currently, health experts feel doing RTPCR tests for symptoms doesn't add much value as the rate of positivity is very high and the incubation period is short.

We do have rapid test kits that could be given based on a doctor's advice or if you contact the Santé Coordination team. These tests are just to assess if people are positive, mostly for the aged and people with other health problems. Situations when a PCR test is necessary are given below.

If you need to leave India and fly abroad, or you would want to have RTPCR for any reason, you can do it at your will. For a home collection, you can contact Santé Coordination for a reference or do it at a lab of your choice. The cost for home collection is fixed at Rs 1500 with a barcode report within 24 hours.

(Please note that if the test is prescribed for medical and therapeutic reasons by a doctor in Santé or the Health Center, the cost of the test may be refunded at the discretion of the Auroville Health Fund and BCC.)

Address of Government Facility:

Kiliyanur Community Health Centre– Near Bypass Road Thailapuram, 4147-235255: Timing 9 am- 1.00 pm. Location : (https://goo.gl/maps/)

If you have any questions or need clarification, please write to santecoordination (at) auroville.org.in or WhatsAPP 801205151

With regards,
Santé Coordination Group


Regarding Vaccination Camp in Auroville

Dear Community,

We have received only 30 requests for a vaccination camp where the minimum to call for a camp is 70 people.

Due to this reason, we won't be able to request the health officials to organise a vaccination camp in Auroville.

According to the information we have received, all the health centres in our surrounding villages are vaccinating people from Monday to Friday. At the same villages, Saturday and Sunday camps are being set up, including Alankuppam.

You can carry your Aadhar card as ID proof. In areas under Tamil Nadu, both Covi-shield and Co-vaccine are given. Areas that come under Pondicherry are mostly providing Covi-Shield.

If you have any questions regarding this, please contact Hari - 6374157365 (the local Health Inspector).

With regards,

~ The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali, Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


January 28, 2022

New Covid Guidelines - press release dated 27.01.2022

Dear Community Friends,

The Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has issued a new press release on 27 January 2022 with new Covid Guidelines.

The key points are:

  • There will no longer be Sunday and night curfews.
  • Schools and colleges may open from 1 February following standard guidelines.
  • Kindergarten and nursery schools remain closed.
  • Theatres, cinemas, gyms, spas, beauty salons, yoga centers, restaurants, jewelry shops, clothing shops are allowed to function with 50 per cent capacity.
  • Indoor stadiums will be allowed to hold sports events with 50 percent of spectators.
  • Events such as seminars, music and drama performances held in indoor venues will be allowed with a maximum of 50 percent capacity following standard operating procedures.
  • Public events such as social, cultural and political gatherings will continue to be banned.
  • Exhibitions and art festivals are not allowed to be held.
  • Maximum attendance for marriages will be 100 persons and for funerals 50 persons.
  • The official Tamil text of the press release of the Honourable Chief Minister and the English translation are available at this link. We will update as and when there are new guidelines issued.

We would also like to inform you that we had many cases in the last two weeks, but since the new protocol indicates only seven days of quarantine most of them have completed their isolation period. The quarantine list is regularly updated and can be consulted at this link [...].

We request all Aurovilians, Newcomers, Volunteers and Guests who have arrived from abroad to inform santecoordination (at) auroville.org.in about their arrival, respect a 7-days quarantine and do a test on the 8th day in coordination with Sante, as per current government requirements. Unit holders employing volunteers, guest house managers and people who are receiving guests at their homes are kindly asked to cooperate.

Please, remember to continue applying all due precautions of wearing masks and maintaining distance when interacting with others and in public spaces/facilities, and regularly washing hands or using sanitizer.

With best wishes to all,

~ The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali, Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


January 12, 2022

Update about COVID cases in our Community

Dear Community Friends,

Here is an update about the situation of Covid cases inside our community: in the last three days we have registered 18 new cases, 5 are Aurovilians, 11 are volunteers and 2 are guests.

For the time being most of the cases are with mild or no symptoms. It is possible that the number may increase in the coming days.

The list of Covid cases that includes only Aurovilians and Newcomers who have contacted Santé will be updated soon and will be available at this link [...].

People who show symptoms can contact Santé reception or Health Center for phone consultation or write to santecoordination (at) auroville.org.in.

We remind unit holders and guest house managers that they are responsible for helping to support and take care of non-Aurovilian Covid positive patients who are working or staying with them.

Covid guidelines of the Central and State Government must be respected and we advise avoiding large gatherings and large social events in the coming days.

Please, remember to continue applying all due precautions of wearing masks and maintaining distance when interacting with others and in public spaces/facilities, and regularly washing hands or using sanitizer.


With best wishes to all.

~ The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali, Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


January 11, 2022

New Covid Guidelines - Press Release dt. 10.01.2022

Dear Community Friends,

The Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has issued a new press release on 10 January 2022 with new Covid Guidelines.

The key points are:

  • There will be a full curfew on Sunday 16th January.
  • Night curfew is extended until 31st January.
  • Special Buses for the Pongal festival are allowed to function with only 75 percent of the passenger capacity.
  • Public is not allowed in places of worship from 14th to 18th January.
  • Other activities currently prohibited and permitted during lockdown will continue.

The official Tamil text of the press release of the Honorable Chief Minister and the English translation are available at this link. We will update as and when there are new guidelines issued.

We would also like to inform everyone that there are some new cases in Auroville, especially in Mitra Hostel where 10 volunteers have tested positive. They are isolated on one floor and are being taken care of by a doctor from Santé. The local Block Medical Officer has also been informed.

We would like to request all Aurovilians, Newcomers, Volunteers and Guests who have arrived from abroad to inform santecoordination (at) auroville.org.in about their arrival, respect a 7-days quarantine and do a test on the 8th day in coordination with Santé, as per current government requirements. Unit holders employing volunteers, guest house managers and people who are receiving guests at their homes are kindly asked to cooperate.

Please, remember to continue applying all due precautions of wearing masks and maintaining distance when interacting with others and in public spaces/facilities, and regularly washing hands or using sanitizer.

With best wishes to all,

~ The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali, Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


January 6, 2022

Follow-up on the vaccination camp

Dear Residents of Auroville,

In September 2021 a vaccination camp was organised in Udavi school in collaboration with the local health authority. We are receiving now some inquiries if another camp can be organised. We would like to remind you that Aurovilians can individually get vaccinated in the government sub-health centers of Alankuppam, Kalapet and Kottakuppam.

However, if there is a relevant demand, another camp can be organised in Auroville. We would like to know who is still waiting for the second dose as it has been more than 90 days. We need a minimum of 70 members to organise a camp in or near Auroville.

A simple reply with NEED SECOND DOSE would be enough to collect the number of people.

Those who want to take their first dose can reply with FIRST DOSE.

Please reply to this email ID: wcoffice (at) auroville.org.in


With regards,

~ The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali (TOS), Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


January 5, 2022

Lockdown on Sunday and Night Curfews

Dear Community,

The Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has issued a press release on 5 January 2022 announcing a Lockdown on Sunday 9 January and night curfews from 6 January onwards from 10pm to 5am and a new set of restrictions in addition to those announced on 31 December.

  • During the curfew of 9 January only parcel service will be allowed in restaurants from 7.00am to 10.00pm
  • During night curfew only essential items including medicine, milk, journalism are allowed to operate
  • Kindergarten and School from grade 1 to 9 are not permitted to operate except for creches
  • Direct class will be held for students from 10th to 12th grade
  • Training and Coaching Center should not operate
  • Exhibitions and book fairs are postponed
  • Pongal Festivals held by govt and private are to be postponed
  • The current ban on public gatherings will continue
  • Places of worship are not open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays

The following activities, which are already permitted, are allowed to operate subject to the following lockdown restrictions:

  1. Only 50% of customers will be allowed to sit and dine in restaurants, hotels, bakeries, hostels and lodges.
  2. Wedding and wedding-related events will be allowed to be held only with a maximum of 100 persons.
  3. Only 50 persons will be allowed for funerals.
  4. Owners of clothing stores and jewellery stores are requested to ensure that they do not exceed 50% of the customers at a time.
  5. Gymnasiums, sports‌, restaurants in clubs will be allowed to operate with up to 50% of customers at a time.
  6. Gymnasiums and yoga training centers will be allowed to operate with up to 50% of customers at a time.
  7. All multiples/cinema theatres will be allowed to operate with a maximum of 50% of the audience with the total seats capacity.
  8. Sports competitions will be allowed to be held in open outdoor playgrounds by following standard guidelines.
  9. Training and playing sports will be allowed in indoor stadiums following by following standard guidelines.
  10. Events such as seminars, music, drama, etc. held in all indoor venues will be allowed to be conducted with a maximum of 50% of the audience by following standard guidelines.
  11. Beauty parlours, salons, and spas will be allowed to operate with 50% of the customers at a time.

The official Tamil text of the press release of the Honorable Chief Minister and the English translation are available at this link [...]. We will update as and when there are new guidelines issued.

Please remember to continue to apply all due precautions of wearing masks and maintaining distance when interacting with others and in public spaces/facilities, and regularly washing hands or using sanitizer.

With best wishes to all,

~The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali (TOS), Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


Janaury 2, 2022

New Covid guidelines as per 31/12/21

Dear Community,

The Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has issued on 31 December a new set of Covid lockdown guidelines. These are the key indications:

  • School physical classes cannot be held for students of Std. I-VIII, and play schools and kindergartens will be closed until 10th January
  • Only 50% of customers will be allowed to dine in at a given point of time at restaurants, hotels and bakeries
  • Cinema, theater are allowed to function with 50% capacity
  • Gyms, yoga center, salons, beauty parlors, clubs, textiles and jewelry are have to ensure only 50% capacity
  • Only a maximum of 100 people is allowed to attend wedding
  • Only a maximum of 50 people is allowed to attend funerals
  • Sports events in open ground are allowed following norms
  • Indoor stadium can allow only 50% of the audience
  • No standee passengers will be allowed in public transport buses
  • Public events such as social, cultural and political gatherings will continue to be banned.

The official Tamil text of the press release of the Honorable Chief Minister is available at this link. The English translation will be uploaded asap.

Please remember to continue to apply all due precautions of wearing masks and maintaining distance when interacting with others and in public spaces/facilities, and regularly washing hands or using sanitizer.

With best wishes to all,

~ The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali (TOS), Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


December 31, 2021

Collector Press release on New Year Celebrations

Dear Community members,

We are sharing the information that the Villupuram District Collector has issued a press release banning all New Year celebrations in coastal areas including Marakkanam, Vanur and Auroville.

It was also informed that crowds should not be allowed in public places and on the night of 31.12.2021 the police will conduct an intensive vehicle search.

Violation will result in disciplinary action.

The original text of the press release and the English translation are available at this link [...].

~ With regards,
The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali (TOS), Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


December 26, 2021

New guidelines for international arrival

Dear community,

We here inform everyone coming from abroad that the Tamil Nadu govt has issued new guidelines for international arrival and currently a period of quarantine of seven days followed by a test on 8th day is required for every country of departure and not only for those considered at risk.

Aurovilians and Newcomers are requested to register immediately after their arrival by email with the Resident Service and inform Aurosugan at SanteCoordination (at) auroville.org.in or WA 80123 05151 with regard to the documentation concerning their quarantine exit test.

Guests and Volunteers are required to do the same through their guest house or the Guest Registration Service.

We also inform people whose quarantine is ending on 27 and 28 December that our local Health Department is organising a collection of swab tests tomorrow Monday 27 December in Santé at 10.00 am. Please contact Santé Coordination for further details.

Other visitors, who have come to Auroville after 1 December, are required to go to Santé to show the results of their post quarantine test or take a test there if they have not yet done it.


~ The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali (TOS), Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


December 21, 2021

To the attention of people who have just arrived in Auroville from abroad

Every person who has come to Auroville from Europe, Brazil, South Africa, China, Singapore, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Botswana and Mauritius after 1 December is kindly requested to urgently contact Aurosugan by email at santecoordination (at) auroville.org.in or WA 80123 05151 in relation to the documentation concerning their quarantine exit test.

Please treat the matter as urgent and important.

We take the occasion to remind that everyone who will reach Auroville from the above countries in the coming days, is kindly requested to immediately report their arrival at the Resident Service and Sante Coordination by email only.

With regards,

~ The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali (TOS), Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


December 16, 2021

New set of Covid lockdown guidelines valid until 31 December

Dear Community,

The Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has issued a new set of Covid lockdown guidelines valid until 31st December. These are the key indications:

  • Schools from 6th to 12th class will be operating normally from January 3rd without a rotation system
  • All colleges and technical colleges will operate as per usual procedure without rotation.
  • Meeting halls will be allowed to be used for all the permitted activities.
  • People should avoid gathering during the festive season considering the spread of omicron.
  • No public access to Tamil Nadu beaches on 31st December and January 1st.
  • Public events such as social, cultural and political gatherings will continue to be banned.
  • All swimming pools will be allowed to operate.

The translation of the text of the press release of the Honorable Chief Minister is available at this link [...].

Please remember to continue to apply all due precautions of wearing masks and maintaining distance when interacting with others and in public spaces/facilities, and regularly washing hands or using sanitizer.

With best wishes to all,

~ The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali (TOS), Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


December 13, 2021

Information about POST QUARANTINE TEST

Dear Friends,

We remind to everyone coming in Auroville from Europe (Including UK), Brazil, South Africa, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe and Singapore that there is a home quarantine for 7 days after the arrival to be followed by an RT-PCR Test on the 8th day. Kindly contact santecoordination (at) auroville.org.in before arranging the test as due to the omicron variant there might be some special requirement. Please remember to inform the Resident Service immediately upon your arrival by email only.

We wish also to inform you that after some time there is again a positive case in Auroville. Contact investigation has been done. The quarantine list at this link [...] is regularly updated by Santé Coordination. Please remember to refer to this link every time you want to inquire if there are positive cases in Auroville or people in quarantine because they had contacts. We will not be in a position to send covid bulletin each and every time that there is a case. This link lists only the people who are tested positive or are in high risk contact with a positive person. It does not include the list of people in quarantine after traveling.

~ With regards,
The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali (TOS), Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


December 1, 2021

Updated guidelines for International arrival

Dear Friends,

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has updated the guidelines for international arrival that are effective from 1st December and supersede the previous guidelines of 11th November.

The key changes are the following:

  1. All passengers travelling from countries at risk such as Europe including The United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong, Israel will have to undergo COVID-19 RT-PCR test on arrival and will have to wait the result before leaving the airport or take a connecting flight. If the test is negative, they will have to stay in home quarantine for 7 days and make one more test on the 8th day.
  2. Random PCR-TEST will be made on over 5 percent of the passengers coming from other countries whereas the remaining are allowed to leave the airport. No quarantine is required but only a period of self-monitoring of one’s own health for 14 days. Self-monitoring of health in the Auroville context means to inform immediately santecoordination (at) auroville.org.in if any symptoms develop.
  3. For the road transport from the Airport to Auroville it is required to obtain an e-pass at this link https://eregister.tnega.org/#/user/pass.

Please read the files at this link [...] for other details and the full text of the new guidelines.

Be aware that rules for travels may changes with short notice and we advise to consult your travel agent before departure for any update and local regulations that may concern your countries of origin.

~ With regards,
The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali (TOS), Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


November 17, 2021

Updated guidelines for international arrival

Dear Friends,

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has updated the guidelines for international arrival. There is now a list of 99 countries for which quarantine is not required if travellers are fully vaccinated with two doses. The list of the countries, defined as category A is available at page 2 and 3 of this link [...] which includes also the new text of the guidelines.

All other formalities before departure will remain the same as indicated in our Covid mass bulletin of 21 October:

  1. Before departure passengers should continue to submit a self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) and upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report made within 72 hours before the scheduled flight with a declaration about its authenticity. They should also give an undertaking on the portal or otherwise to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, through the concerned airlines that they would abide by the decision of the appropriate government authority to undergo home quarantine/ self-health monitoring.
  2. At the arrival there will be a health screening and one more test, to be followed by a period of home quarantine for 7 days. Then a new RT-PCR test should be done on the 8th day. If negative, the quarantine is over but a further period of 7 days of self-monitoring of one’s own health is required. Self-monitoring of health in the Auroville context means to inform immediately santecoordination (at) auroville.org.in if any symptoms develop.

These guidelines apply even to vaccinated people except for the exceptions indicated in the next point: Passengers originating from the 99 countries included in the category A list do not need to do a post covid test on arrival and undertake quarantine if fully vaccinated. The vaccination certificate should be uploaded in the Air Suvidha portal before departure.

~ With regards,
The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali (TOS), Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


November 7, 2021

Lockdown Press Release dated 23.10.2021

Dear Community,

The Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has issued a new set of Covid lockdown relaxations, effective from 1 November.

As far as Auroville is concerned, please note that schools, including classes 1 through 8, are now allowed to function on rotation. Theaters, cinemas and meeting halls hosting cultural events are now allowed to work at full capacity while following SOPs.

The translation of the text of the press release of the Honorable Chief Minister is available at this link [...].

Please remember to continue to apply all due precautions of wearing masks and maintaining distance when interacting with others and in public spaces/facilities, and regularly washing hands or using sanitizer.

With best wishes to all,

~The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali, Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


October 21, 2021

New Guidelines For International Arrival dt 20 October '21

Dear Friends,

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued on 20th October new guidelines on international arrival that are replacing those issued in February 2021.

1) Before departure passengers should continue to submit a self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal (www.newdelhiairport.in) and upload a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report made within 72 hours before the scheduled flight with a declaration about its authenticity. They should also give an undertaking on the portal or otherwise to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India, through the concerned airlines that they would abide by the decision of the appropriate government authority to undergo home quarantine/ self-health monitoring.

2) For travellers from Europe, UK, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe there will be health screening and one more test on arrival, to be followed by a period of home quarantine for 7 days. Then a new RT-PCR test should be done on the 8th day. If negative, the quarantine is over but a further period of 7 days of self monitoring of its own health is required. Self monitoring of health in the Auroville context means to inform immediately santecoordination (at) auroville.org.in if any symptoms are developed. These guidelines apply even to vaccinated people except for the exceptions indicated at the next point

3) Travellers from the following countries with which India has reciprocal arrangements for mutual acceptance of WHO approved Covid 19 vaccines can leave the airports and simply self-monitor their health for a period of 14 days after the arrival if they are fully vaccinated with two doses since at least 15 days before the travel. The list of eligible countries include the UK, France, Germany, Nepal, Belarus, Lebanon, Armenia, Ukraine, Belgium, Hungary and Serbia. The list can be updated from time to time. Passengers from these countries who have received only one dose of vaccine or are not vaccinated should follow the same procedure indicated at the previous point 2.

4) Travellers which are not coming from the countries listed at point 2 are allowed to leave the airport and self monitor their health for 14 days.

The full text of the new guidelines is available here:

Guidelines for International Arrivals - 20th Oct 2021

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PDF (3 pages)


~ With regards,
The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali (TOS), Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


October 15, 2021

Lockdown Press Release dt 14.10.21 & cancellation note from Bharat Nivas

Dear Community,

The Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has issued a press release on 14th October with guidelines for the upcoming festive season and some new relaxation for the public. The translation of the text of the press release is available at this link. [...]

Please remember to continue to apply all due precautions of wearing masks and maintaining distance when interacting with others and in public spaces/facilities, and regularly washing hands or using sanitizer.

With best wishes to all,

~ The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali, Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)

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Reminder: Bharat Nivas reminds the community that the Garba Event of 15 & 16 October has been canceled due to covid.


October 12, 2021

COVID update

Dear Community,

Although the number of cases is declining in Tamil Nadu and in Villupuram, in recent days we have had new positive cases in Auroville after some time.

While the case investigation and contact tracing is going on we would like to invite the community to take conscious precautions and it is advised to cancel public functions and large gatherings at least until Monday 18 October 2021. This will enable us to properly assess the situation in the community and will help to prevent community chain transmission. In view of the upcoming festival season please be extra vigilant.

Distribution outlets, eateries and offices should function with the standard procedure in place.

Please, remember to continue applying all due precautions of wearing masks and maintaining distance when interacting with others and in public spaces/facilities, and regularly washing hands or using sanitizer.

It is advised that people with symptoms should contact Santé or the Health Center on phone only for consultation and medical advice. Even people who are fully vaccinated should be aware that they may get infected and act as a carrier of the virus, and inform Santé or the Health Center if they develop symptoms and take precautions.

Please contact the ambulance service only in case of emergency.

For testing or any logistical advice, please contact santecoordination (at) auroville.org.in (cell 80123 05151). Help of volunteers is needed for contact tracing, data entry, medical delivery, and food organization for persons who are in quarantine. Those ready to help can contact Santé coordination.

The list of quarantine remain available at this link [...]

If you had contact with a positive tested person in quarantine, please contact Santé Coordination for further follow up.

~ The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali (TOS), Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


October 9, 2021

New Covid+ cases in Auroville

Dear Community members,

This is to inform you that after some time we had 3 new Covid positive cases in Auroville.

The case investigation has been conducted by Santé Coordination Team and the list of quarantines at this link [...] is getting updated.

Please, remember that the link to the quarantine list is always active and it will be updated when needed. Those who are interested to know if there are Covid cases in Auroville, or not, can consult the list at any time.

Please, remember to continue applying all due precautions of wearing masks and maintaining distance when interacting with others and in public spaces/facilities, and regularly washing hands or using sanitizer.

~ The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali, Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


September 29, 2021

Lockdown Press Release dated 28.09.2021

Dear Community,

This is to inform you that the Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has issued a press release on 28 September extending the lockdown until 31 October 2021 at 6.00 am, and announcing that schools may reopen for 1st to 8th grades from the 1st of November. The translation of the text of the press release is available at this link.

Please remember to continue to apply all due precautions of wearing masks and maintaining distance when interacting with others and in public spaces/facilities, and regularly washing hands or using sanitizer.

With best wishes to all,

~ The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali, Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


September 11, 2021

Vaccination Camp at Udavi Campus tomorrow 12th

Dear Residents, Volunteers, Guests and Employees of Auroville,

The venue for the government vaccination camp will be the Udavi campus in Edayanchavadi. The timing will be from 9 am to 5 pm this Sunday (12.09.21). Please remember to bring your Aadhar card as ID proof and that there will be a 30 minute observation period after the shot is given. Both Covaxin and Covishield will be available and there will be no charge. For those who plan to travel abroad, it is important to check which vaccines are recognised by the destination country.

If you are planning to get vaccinated at this camp, please inform us by writing to wcoffice (at) auroville.org.in or sending an SMS or WhatsApp message to Arun at 76398 10621 or Partha at 94877 63394, so the vaccination team can be given an idea of how many doses will be needed.

With best wishes,

~The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali, Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


September 9, 2021

Regarding vaccination camps in the Auroville area

To all Auroville Residents, Volunteers, Guests, Employees,

We have been informed by the District Collector's office that the Tamil Nadu government is launching a vaccination drive in the state. The Collector and the Office of the Secretary, Auroville Foundation, have requested a collaboration to organise vaccination camps in the Auroville area. The first of these camps is planned for this Sunday, from 7 am to 7 pm and will be open for all residents over 18 who hold an Aadhar card. (Another camp will be organised at a later date and will include those who do not yet have an Aadhar card but can show another form of official identification.) Details of the location will be shared soon.

If you are planning to attend the vaccination camp, please inform us by writing to wcoffice (at) auroville.org.in, or by sending an SMS or WhatsApp message to Arun at 76398 10621 or Partha at 94877 63394, so the vaccination team can be given an idea of how many doses will be needed.

Thank you for your attention and consideration.

~The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali, Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


August 22, 2021

Lockdown Press Release dated 21.08.2021

Dear Community,

This is to inform you that the Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has issued a press release extending the lockdown until 6 September 2021 at 6.00 am with some additional relaxations. Some excerpts of the additional relaxations are given below. The translation of the text of the press release is available at this link.

Please remember to continue to apply all due precautions of wearing masks and maintaining distance when interacting with others and in public spaces/facilities, and regularly washing hands or using sanitizer.

With best wishes to all,

~ The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali, Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


Summary of additional relaxations:

  • Schools for grades 9th through 12th, colleges, diploma courses and employment training/skill development programs can operate in Tamil Nadu from September 1
  • The opening of classes 1 to 8 will be discussed after September 15th.
  • Public access to beach shores shall be permitted.
  • Creche shall be allowed to function
  • Swimming pools can open only for practice sessions with 50 per cent occupancy
  • Zoos, botanical gardens and boat houses will be operational from the 23rd August.
  • Shops and businesses can be open till 10 pm.
  • Permission to open theaters with 50% seats.

Note: The Tamil Nadu and Central governments are strongly encouraging everyone working in the above fields to be vaccinated. However, it is still a personal choice and not a legal requirement.


August 8, 2021

Lockdown extended till 23 August

Dear Community,

This is to inform you that the Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has issued a press release extending the lockdown until 23rd August 2021 at 6.00am without any further relaxations. All activities that were already allowed will continue unchanged.

Few new restrictions have been put in place for place of worship and markets.

The TN Government has announced also the reopening of schools from 9th to 12th grade from 1st September. The translation of the text of the press release is available at this link.

Please remember to continue to apply all due precautions of wearing masks and maintaining distance when interacting with others and in public spaces/facilities, and regularly washing hands or using sanitizer.

With best wishes to all.

~ The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali, Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


July 31, 2021

Lockdown Press Release dated 30.07.2021

Dear Community,

This is to inform you that the Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has issued a press release extending the lockdown until 9th August 2021 at 6.00 am without any further relaxations. All activities that were already allowed will continue unchanged. The translation of the text of the press release is available at this link.

Please remember to continue to apply all due precautions of wearing masks and maintaining distance when interacting with others and in public spaces/facilities, and regularly washing hands or using sanitizer.

With best wishes to all.

~ The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali, Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


July 19, 2021

T.N Press Release dt. 16.07.21

Dear Community,

This is to inform you that the Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has issued a press release extending the lockdown until 31-07-2021 at 6-00 am. All activities that were already allowed will continue unchanged.

However, cultural events and large gatherings/meetings are still not allowed. Schools and colleges remain closed but teachers are allowed to attend school and engage in administrative work, in lesson and curriculum preparation. Industrial and Vocational Training Institutes can function with 50 percent capacity on rotation and following SOP's. Below are some other key features of the new guidelines. The translation of the text of the press release is available at this link.

Please remember to continue to apply all due precautions of wearing masks and maintaining distance when interacting with others and in public spaces/facilities, and regularly washing hands or using sanitizer.

With best wishes to all.

~ The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali, Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


Key features of new guidelines:

  • Private and government bus transport between states (excluding Puducherry) is still banned
  • Ban on swimming pools continues
  • Prohibition of public, community, and political meetings continues
  • Extension of ban on entertainment, sports and cultural events (with spectators; rehearsals and practice are allowed following SOP's)
  • Only 50 people allowed on auspicious events including weddings
  • Only 20 people allowed to attend funerals


July 11, 2021

Lockdown Press Release dated 10.07.21

Dear Community,

This is to inform you that the Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has issued a press release extending the lockdown until 19-07-2021 at 6-00 am. A key relaxation is the extension of the opening time of restaurants and eateries till 9 p.m. Schools and colleges remain closed and cultural events and large gatherings/meetings are still not allowed. Below are some key features of the new guidelines. The translation of the text of the press release is available at this link [...].

Please remember to continue to apply all due precautions of wearing masks and maintaining distance when interacting with others and in public spaces/facilities, and regularly washing hands or using sanitizer.

With best wishes to all.

~ The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali, Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


Key features of the current lockdown:

  • Ban on opening theaters for another 1 week;
  • Ban on political meetings and community meetings continues;
  • Entertainment, sports and cultural events are still not allowed;
  • Schools and colleges will not be open;
  • Government of Tamil Nadu allows restaurants, tea shops, sidewalk shops, sweet shops to operate till 9 pm subject to conditions;
  • Permission to conduct written test on Central and State Government Employment following Government Guidelines;
  • Permission to conduct job placement guidelines on behalf of Central and State Governments;
  • Permission to continue to hold weddings with 50 people and funerals with 20 people.


July 4, 2021

TN Lockdown Press Release dt. 02.07.21

Dear Community,

This is to inform you that the Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has issued a press release extending the full lockdown until 12-07-2021 at 6-00 am. There are, however, with effect from 5th June, some new relaxations all over the State, including extending the opening time of shops until 8 pm, allowing restaurants and eateries to function with 50 percent of seating capacity up to 8 pm, and guest houses, lodges and hotels to open. Below are some key features of the new guidelines. The translation of the text of the press release is available at this link.

Please remember to continue to apply all due precautions of wearing masks and maintaining distance when interacting with others and in public spaces/facilities, and regularly washing hands or using sanitizer.

With best wishes to all.

~ The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali, Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


Summary of key features:

  • Shops and activities that were allowed till 7 pm, may operate till 8 pm. This now includes clothing and jewelry stores.
  • Hotels and tea shops can function with 50% of customers.
  • Restaurants, bakeries and cafes are now allowed to serve dine-in customers at 50% capacity and while adhering to Covid-19 norms.
  • Amusement parks can re-open; however, a cap of 50% capacity would apply.
  • IT Offices can now operate with 50% attendance.
  • Hotels, lodges, guest houses and dormitories may function. Dormitory style accommodation may function with 50% occupancy.
  • Gyms, yoga centres and indoor physical activities are allowed to function with sufficient ventilation and with only 50% of venue capacity.
  • Cinema halls and theaters to stay shut.
  • Schools and colleges will continue to remain closed.
  • Inter-state private bus transport and international air travel except the ones allowed by the Centre remain prohibited.
  • Buses can operate within districts and between districts with the number of passengers capped at 50% of seat capacity. The TN government has removed the requirement of e-passes for inter-district travel.
  • Swimming pools, social and political meetings, entertainment, sports and cultural events are not allowed.
  • Weddings and funerals can take place in all districts. A maximum of 50 guests is allowed for a wedding function and not more than 20 people can take part in a funeral.


June 26, 2021

TN lockdown extended until 5 July

Dear Community,

This is to inform you that the Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has issued a press release extending the full lockdown until 05-07-2021 at 6:00 am. There are no new relaxations except for public transport that is now allowed between districts with 50 per cent capacity. The translation of the full text of the press release is available at this link.

Please remember to continue to apply all due precautions of wearing masks and maintaining distance when interacting with others and in public spaces/facilities, and regularly washing hands or using sanitizer.

With best wishes to all.

~ The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali, Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


June 24, 2021

Vaccination Camp Friday 25 June

Dear Auroville Residents,

We have just been informed by Village Action that the BMO has organized a vaccination camp tomorrow, Friday (25 June) from 10 to 1 at the Gandhi Middle School in Koot Road. Any Indian Citizen who is interested in getting the Covidshield vaccine for Covid-19 and is over 18 years of age may go with your Aadhar card as ID proof.

Vaccines will be given for 500 people so tokens will be issued on a first come, first serve basis. Please be aware that there will be an observation period of 30 minutes post-vaccine and make sure to check the timing and process for getting the second of the two doses.

Workers may also be informed of this vaccination camp in our area.

Best wishes,

~ The Working Committee


2 additional locations for vaccination camps tomorrow

Dear Auroville Residents,

We have just been informed by Village Action that in addition to the previously announced free vaccination camp in Koot Road, the BMO has also organized vaccination camps tomorrow, Friday (25th June) from 10 to 1 at the Government Primary School in Kuilapalayam and at the Government Middle School in Periyamudaliarchavadi.

Any Indian Citizen who is interested in getting the Covidshield vaccine for Covid-19 and is over 18 years of age may go with your Aadhar card as ID proof. Vaccines will be given for 100 people in each of the above 2 villages (500 at the Koot Road location) so tokens will be issued on a first come, first serve basis. Please be aware that there will be an observation period of 30 minutes post-vaccine and make sure to check the timing and process for getting the second of the two doses.

Workers may also be informed of this vaccination camp in our area.

Best wishes,

~ The Working Committee


June 21, 2021

Lockdown press release dated 20.06.21

Dear Community,

This is to inform you that the Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has issued a press release extending the full lockdown until 28-06-2021 at 6-00 am (see link). There are no particular changes regarding how our internal distribution outlets can function; parcel service from eateries can now operate from 6 am to 9 pm.

There are, however, a few general relaxations that are listed below:

  • Separate/standalone grocery, vegetable, meat and fish shops will be allowed to operate from 6.00 am to 7.00 pm.
  • Pedestrian stalls selling vegetables, fruits and flowers will be allowed to operate from 6.00 am to 7.00 pm.
  • In hotels, restaurants and bakeries, only parcel service is allowed from 6.00 am to 9.00 pm. All E-commerce companies that distribute food through E-commerce will be allowed to operate only at the above times.
  • All other E-commerce service companies can operate from 06.00 am to 09.00 pm.
  • Shops selling sweets and snacks items will be allowed to operate from 6.00 am to 9.00 pm.
  • All other shops and stores, including those selling vehicles, are allowed to open from 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Travel to Nilgiris, Kodaikanal, Yercaud, Yelagiri, Courtallam areas will be allowed with an e-pass for emergency reasons.
  • Travel for weddings will be allowed with an e-pass between 27 districts.
  • All essential government departments will be allowed to operate with 100% staff.
  • Other government offices will be allowed to operate with 50% staff.
  • Sub-Registrar's Offices will be allowed to function fully.
  • All private companies will be allowed to operate with 33% employees.
  • Export companies, input manufacturing companies for export companies are allowed to continue to operate with 100% staff. Other factories will be allowed to operate with 33% employees. Relevant SOP's must be followed.
  • Shops selling electrical goods, bulbs, cables, switches and wires are allowed to operate from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
  • All types of construction will be allowed, while following relevant SOP's.
  • Administrative work related to student admission will be allowed in schools, colleges, universities and training centers.
  • Permission to operate sports training boards from 6.00 am to 5.00 pm.
  • From 6.00 am to 5.00 pm, open air games will be allowed without spectators.

Please remember to continue to apply all due precautions of wearing masks and maintaining distance when interacting with others and in public spaces/facilities, and regularly washing hands or using sanitizer.

With best wishes to all.

~ The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali, Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


June 12, 2021

Lockdown press release 11.06.21

Dear Community,

This is to inform you that the Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has issued a press release extending the full lockdown until 21-06-2021 at 6-00 am (see link). There are no particular changes regarding how our internal distribution outlets or eateries can function. They will continue to function in the same manner as this week.

There are, however, a few general relaxations that are listed below:

  • Beauty parlours, saloons and spas will be allowed to operate from 6.00 am to 5.00 pm on condition that only 50 per cent of the customers are allowed at a time without air conditioning.
  • Government Parks, the parks and playgrounds under the control of local authorities will be allowed only for walking exercise and only from 6.00 am to 9.00 am.
  • Agricultural equipment, pump set repair shops (not sales outlets) will be allowed to operate from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
  • Spectacle sales and repair shops will be allowed to operate from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm.
  • Manufacture and sale of pottery and handicrafts will be allowed to operate from 6.00 am to 5.00 pm.
  • Repair shops for home appliances such as mixers, grinders and televisions will be allowed to operate from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm.
  • Shops selling mobile phones and related products will be allowed to operate from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm.
  • Shops selling construction materials will be allowed to operate from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm.
  • Home appliance stores, including mixer, grinder, fridge and TV, will be allowed to operate from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm.
  • Administrative work related to student admission will be allowed in schools, colleges and universities.
  • Export companies, companies that manufacture and deliver goods to export companies, will be allowed to operate with 50% of employees by following standard operating procedures.
  • At present, other factories will be allowed to work with 33% of employees by following standard operating procedures.
  • Workers working in factories were already allowed to go to work in four-wheelers. At present, they will be allowed to go to work on their two-wheelers with e-registration and factory-issued ID card.
  • Only 20% of employees or 10 people will be allowed to work in IT / IT service companies.
  • Housing Financial Company (HFCs) Non-Bank Financial Companies (NBFCs) and all Insurance Companies will be allowed to operate with 33 percent employees.

Please remember to continue to apply all due precautions of wearing masks and maintaining distance when interacting with others and in public spaces/facilities, and regularly washing hands or using sanitizer.

With best wishes to all.

~ The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali, Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


June 9, 2021

PCR test reimbursement information

Dear Friends,

Given the effect of CoVid on so many members of our community and the need for CoVid tests to be done by private labs, the BCC has allocated funds towards the reimbursement for a PCR test for tests either recommended by an Auroville doctor or the Santé Coordination team for symptomatic patients and primary contacts from 1st of May 2021.

Please note that certain conditions apply for the refund and the final assessment for reimbursement will be determined based on established criteria. Criteria include:

  • Doctor prescription OR
  • Santé Coordination team recommendation OR
  • Maximum refund of Rs.1600 only for 1 test per patient
  • Refund for tests done post-01/05/2021 only
  • No refund for testing done for other reasons (travel etc.)

Please open the link to this request form: CoVid test reimbursement [...] and fill in the required details and submit for assessment. If you have difficulties opening the link, please write to adminsante (at) auroville.org.in so we may help you.

Once the Santé Coordination team receives the submitted form with your information, and has processed your request based on the given criteria, you will be refunded the amount of Rs.1600 to your FS account. Please note that the refund is only available for 1 PCR test per patient.

It may take a short while for the refund to be processed and we request your patience and understanding.

Stay well. And be safe.

~ The Santé Coordination team


June 5, 2021

Update on lockdown (press release of today)

Dear Community Members,

The Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has announced in a press release of the 5th June (see at this link [...]) extension of lock down in Tamil Nadu until 14 June at 6 a.m while allowing certain relaxations in parts of the State that include our district of Villupuram.

Under the new guidelines, from the 7th of June (Monday) it will be possible for our food outlets to function as per their normal timings:

PTPS will be open from 9 am to 4 pm, Hers from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and PTDC will send a separate announcement to its participants. Eateries can continue to function for take away or delivery only, as per previous timings of 6 a.m to 9 a.m, 12 noon to 3.00 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm.

We request everyone not to rush all at once to the food outlets so that large crowds don't gather at these places. Unless you have urgent needs to fill, please try to give some space and time for a steady flow of shoppers to take place.

Below are some of the key changes in the overall guidelines:

  • Vehicle repair shops can operate from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Stand-alone vegetable/fruit, grocery, fish and meat shops can operate from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Florists and sidewalk shops can open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Government offices are allowed to operate with 30 percent of the staff.
  • Pharmacies and petrol bunks continue to operate.
  • Self-employed workers such Electricians, Plumbers and Computer Technicians can work from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. with E-Registration.
  • Auto parts stores, hardware stores, and bookstores selling textbooks and stationery are allowed to operate from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Two-wheeler dealerships are not allowed.
  • Two passengers in autos and three passengers in taxis are allowed.
  • Travel to Nilgiris, Kodaikanal, Yercaud and Kutralam only allowed for essential needs (E-PASS compulsory).

Please remember to continue to apply all due precautions of wearing masks and maintaining distance when interacting with others and in public spaces/facilities, and regularly washing hands or using sanitizer.

We would like to take this opportunity to extend a big and heartfelt 'thank you' to all those who have worked so hard in the last 2 weeks to ensure that food and other essential supplies were still available during the full lockdown!

With best wishes to all,

~ The Working Committee
(Anu, Arun, Chali, Hemant, Partha, Sauro, Srimoyi)


June 2, 2021

Update on vaccinations

Dear Community,

In response to the many emails we have received sharing experiences of trying to get vaccinated and asking for clarifications, we would like to share the following:

  • It seems it is no longer possible for Tamil Nadu residents below the age of 45 to be vaccinated in Pondicherry centers. Even if you have registered and received an appointment online, if you don't have proof of residency in Pondicherry and you are below the age of 45, when you go to the vaccination site you will most likely be turned away.
  • The closest vaccination points in Tamil Nadu are in Vanur and in Kilianur for 45+ only. Those between 18 and 45 will have to wait until the TN government changes the current age threshold. For our elderly and those who need special care, please contact santecoordination (at) auroville.org.in for help with logistics such as transport and registration.
  • Please note that we have just been informed by the BMO that there is currently a shortage of vaccine in Tamil Nadu that may last until at least the 7th of June.
  • In both Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, the waiting time for the 2nd vaccination is around 3 months.
  • The local health authorities are organizing camps in the neighboring villages on a regular basis and we are in discussion with them to plan camps in locations that are easily accessible and with enough advance notice that the community can be informed.
  • Please be aware that, if you are intending to travel, it is advised that you check that the vaccine you receive here is approved by the country to which you will be traveling.

As we have said before, we realise that there are different points of view about whether or not to get the vaccines and we respect the right to have those different views. Therefore, this is a personal choice that each individual makes, hopefully after having informed themselves of pros and cons, and making a conscious decision one way or another.

With best wishes,

~ Santé Coordination Team and the Working Committee


May 31, 2021

A. Jothi - passing

Dear Community,

Just now the information came that A. Jothi, Aurovilian, passed away at JIPMER hospital on the 28th of May at 4.45 pm.

Jothi joined Auroville in 2005 after marrying Ganesh. A happy spirit, she worked at Farm Fresh for 5 years, then at PTDC for 5 years and the past one and a half years at Sunship. Since 2018 she had been suffering from an auto-immune disease. Two weeks ago she contracted Covid-19 and was admitted to JIPMER. Her body was cremated on the 29th afternoon, in Karuvadikuppam.

Our condolences go out to her husband Ganesh, her daughter Sagarika, and her son Avinesh.


May 29, 2021

Full lockdown extended

Dear Community,

This is to inform you that the Tamil Nadu government has extended the full lockdown for another week, until 6 am on 07.06.21, as per a government press release of yesterday evening.

Please note that "with the aim of meeting the needs of the public, the sale of mobile vegetables / fruits will continue to take place in all the districts through the relevant departments. In addition, groceries are allowed to be sold in residential areas by vehicles or push-carts by grocery stores in the respective areas, to residential areas and to deliver items requested by the customer online and by phone from 7-00 am to 6-00 pm."

PTDC has organized a basket service for PTDC members and has communicated the process through emails to its mailing list. Food Link also offers a basket service so please contact them for more information. In addition, MGEcoduties is offering delivery of its products - they will post a separate announcement on Auronet and in the News and Notes. Also, many eateries are offering food for takeaway and delivery. We have been informed by HERS that they are ready to organize home delivery. Requests can be sent via Whatsapp to either 7598553406 or 9486009555 or via email to hers (at) auroville.org.in. Please indicate in your requests your name, financial service account number, community and your contact phone number so that HERS can coordinate with you for the delivery.

With best wishes to all,

~ The Working Committee


May 26, 2021

Update on cases in Auroville

Dear Community,

In response to requests we have received, we would like to share an update about Covid positive cases in Auroville.

Since March 2021 there have been a total of 86 positive cases. Out of those, 63 have recovered, 21 are currently active and there have been 2 deaths due to Covid related complications. Out of the 21 currently active cases, 6 are asymptomatic and 15 have symptoms to some degree, requiring medical monitoring and treatment as decided between a doctor and the patient.

We will try to post a weekly update about cases but we will not be posting new bulletins for every new case so please check the quarantine list (updated daily) regularly. Link to the quarantine sheet - [...]

We take this opportunity to remind everyone of the symptoms of Covid (as per WHO website and cross checked with mygov.in and CDC website):

The common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

Fever, Dry cough, Fatigue, Loss of taste or smell, Nasal congestion, Conjunctivitis (also known as red eyes), Sore throat, Headache, Muscle or joint pain, Different types of skin rash, Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhoea, Chills or dizziness.

Additional symptoms may include:

Irritability, Confusion, Brain fog, Anxiety, Depression, Sleep disorders

Symptoms of severe COVID‐19 disease include:

Shortness of breath, Loss of appetite, Persistent pain or pressure in the chest, High temperature (above 38 °C).

If you are experiencing these symptoms, please isolate yourself and call Santé or the Health Center during normal working hours for a tele-consultation with a doctor, and follow his/her advice for testing and/or treatment.

If a Covid test is advised and prescribed by a doctor, Santé Coordination team should be contacted (santecoordination (at) auroville.org.in) to organize the test through a private lab that will collect the sample in Auroville. Aurovilians and Newcomers can have their tests reimbursed by BCC if needed and on request, up to an amount of INR 1600, if they are being tested due to symptoms or as primary contacts of someone who tested positive, as advised by the coordination team. Testing for travel is not reimbursed.

Please continue to respect all precautions to reduce the spread of the virus in and around Auroville: wear masks in all public places and when in proximity to others, maintain a physical distance of at least 2 m, and wash or sanitize hands frequently.

Thank you for your patience and support in these challenging times!

With best wishes,
~ The Working Committee and Santé Coordination Team


May 24, 2021

Update re Renzo's cremation

Dear Community,

We wish to inform you that contrary to our earlier announcement, the body of Renzo Pezzato has not yet been cremated.

When Renzo passed away, the Aurovilian who had been attending him in the hospital for various days made the identification in the night and was told that the cremation would be done straight away the next morning itself at 9.00 am without the possibility of being near the body. On the basis of the report of the Aurovilian friend that took care of Renzo and the information given to him at the hospital, we informed the community that the body had already been cremated.

However, it turned out to be a misunderstanding as some administrative work needed to be done and we came to know a few days later that the cremation had not yet happened. We are now working in coordination with the Farewell team and the local authorities of our district to complete the various tasks necessary for the cremation.

It's important to be aware that there is a special procedure to arrange for the last rite of people deceased due to complications from Covid and the situation is more complex when a resident in Tamil Nadu passes away in Pondicherry as it involves the authorities of different states.

Although this chain of events has been a shocking surprise to all of us, we feel inside that something in Renzo's soul has been guided by Mother's indication to conserve the body as long as possible before cremation or burial.

We will inform you when we have more details about the cremation.

Sincerely,

~ The Working Committee


Clarification re workers

Dear Community,

We have had some questions about whether or not domestic workers, gardeners and other labor are allowed to work.

The government guidelines do not make specific mention of these so as indicated already by the Working Committee two weeks ago, workers may come as per our internal advice, but if they are stopped by the police then they should get paid leave.

If workers are prevented from coming to work by the police and they are urgently needed for valid reasons, such as caregivers for the sick and elderly and other essential needs, a pass can be requested from the Working Committee and see if it works.

Please ensure that any workers who come to work are respecting all precautionary measures of wearing masks, maintaining distance (such as at tea and lunch times) and frequently washing or sanitizing hands, and if anyone has symptoms they should be asked to stay home.

Stay safe!

With best wishes,

~ The Working Committee


Re cremation of Renzo

Dear Community,

We have just received word from the Farewell team that Renzo's cremation will take place shortly in Karuvadikupam, Pondicherry. Members of the Farewell team are present and taking care that his cremation takes place with dignity.

Please hold him up to the Light.

Sincerely,

~ The Working Committee


May 22, 2021

Urgent - new restrictions!

Dear Community members,

The Tamil Nadu Govt has just announced, through an official press release, an extension of the lockdown for one more week starting from 24th May 2021. Please note that from the 24th through the 31st even food shops will be closed and fruit and vegetables will be distributed through vehicles.

However, tomorrow, Sunday, 23rd May, food shops can be open the full day.

Pour Tous Purchasing Service will be open from 9 am to 5 pm and Hers from 8 am to 5 pm. PTDC will communicate its timing directly to its members.

We will have to see whether next week it will be possible to organize an internal basket system for food distribution. It will be important to care especially for the elderly and people that are in quarantine.

Please note that the restaurants can continue to be open for delivery next week at the usual timing of 6 am to 10 am, 12 noon to 3 pm and 6pm to 9 pm. We kindly request the Auroville eateries to make an effort to stay open and facilitate a continuing food supply to residents.

Below are the key features of the announcement from the Tamil Nadu Govt -
only the following activities will be allowed during this entire curfew:

  • Pharmacies, country drug stores, veterinary pharmacies;
  • Milk supply, drinking water and daily newspaper distribution ; vegetables, fruits and horticulture for the general public will be provided by vehicles in the city of Chennai in collaboration with the concerned local bodies in all district Headquarters and Districts, only essential departments;
  • Employees in private companies, banks, insurance companies, IT companies, etc. are asked to work from home.
  • Electronic service (E-commerce) can be operated from 08.00 am to 06.00 pm.
  • Only parcel service is allowed in restaurants from 6.00 am to 10.00 pm, from 12.00 noon to 3.00 pm and from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm. Companies that distribute food through e-commerce such as Swiggy and Zomato will only be allowed at the above times;
  • Petrol and diesel bunks will run as usual;
  • ATM and services for them will be allowed;
  • Trucks will be allowed to move and carry essential items agricultural produce and inputs;
  • People will be allowed to leave the district with e-registration only for relevant medical reasons and deaths;
  • No e-registration required to travel within the district for medical reasons;
  • News and media companies can operate as usual;
  • Continuous / Process Industries, Essential Commodities and Medical Equipment Industries (industries manufacturing essential commodities and medical) equipment will be allowed to operate without interruption as per the guidelines previously issued.

General:

  • In the interest of the public, all shops will be allowed to open today (22.05.2021) to 09.00 pm and tomorrow 23.05.2021 (Sunday) for one day only from 06.00 am to 09.00 pm. - Malls are not allowed to open;
  • In the interest of outbound passengers, private and government buses will be allowed to travel outstation today (22.05.2021) and tomorrow (23.05.2021). In order to control the corona epidemic, a complete curfew has been imposed in Tamil Nadu in the interest of the general public and the public should avoid coming out of the house and meetings unnecessarily.
  • Furthermore, as stated in the National Guidelines for Corona Management, wearing a face mask in public, adhering to physical distancing, and washing hands frequently with soap / disinfectant are mandatory.
  • In addition, if symptoms of infection appear, please isolate and seek medical advice through a tele-consultation without delay.

We would like to express our gratitude to all those working in our food outlets for making the extra effort to be open tomorrow to allow us to be somewhat prepared for the next week. Please respect the guidelines when going to the outlets and extend special respect, patience and appreciation to those who are working there.

With best wishes,

~ The Working Committee


May 17, 2021

Renzo of Vikas passes away

This is to inform the community that Aurovilian Renzo Pezzato left his body at JIPMER yesterday evening, May 16th, at 9.47pm, after a struggle with Covid-19. He was 67 years old.

Italian Renzo came here in 2019, joined in 2020 and worked mainly with Luigi’s Auroservice.

The body will be cremated by Jipmer today. Further info may follow on Auronet.

OM~


Nolly leaves her body

This is to inform the community that today, 17 May, at around 3pm, Dutch Aurovilian Nolly Senden, passed away in Jipmer at the age of 85 due to a stroke caused by a blood clot originated through Covid.

Nolly joined Auroville in 1992 and was instrumental in getting the Pitanga building up, thus initiating the hatha yoga world into Auroville. She later also served many years as executive of SEWA.

Nolly’s remains will be cremated by Jipmer today. Further info will be posted on Auronet in due time.

OM~


Clarification re Renzo and Nolly

Dear Community,

As you may be aware, our Auroville family has now experienced the passing of two of its members due to complications from Covid that came on top of pre-existing health conditions. We are writing in response to several requests we have received for more information about what happened.

Both Renzo and Nolly had tested positive after experiencing some symptoms and becoming unwell. They were supported at home for several days by doctors, nurses, the Ambulance Team and other volunteers. Due to their ages, the pre-existing conditions and borderline oxygen levels, they were advised to agree to be admitted into a hospital, which they were reluctant to do, but when their oxygen levels started dropping even lower they finally agreed and were taken to JIPMER. Renzo had been there since the evening of 12th of May and Nolly since the evening of 15th. They were being monitored and getting oxygen and medication regularly; however, their respective conditions deteriorated and they passed in spite of the care they received at home and then in the hospital.

Renzo's remains were cremated this morning at the Karuvadikupam crematorium, as per government protocols for Covid-related deaths. We don't yet have information about the timing for Nolly's cremation, but we will try to inform you all when we know so that a moment of silence and remembrance can be observed for her at that time.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who were part of Nolly's and Renzo's lives, and we wish them peace on their journey.

Let's all take this to heart and take all necessary precautions, as advised by the government and medical personnel, to reduce the spread of the virus and try to make sure we don't lose any more of our family in this way.

Sincerely,

~ Santé Coordination & Core Teams, Ambulance Team and the Working Committee


May 16, 2021

Timings for food outlets

Dear Community,

As communicated earlier, you may find at this link [...] the full press release of the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu with the English translation listing all the new restrictions applicable from 15th May 2021.

Following the issuing of these guidelines HERS will be open from 6 am to 10 am and PTPS from 7 am to 10 am.

PTDC will directly communicate its timing and other modalities to its members.

We understand that these restrictions are affecting everyone and we kindly request patience and cooperation.

We would like to thank all those who are working in our food outlets to have agreed to adjust the opening times in order to reduce the unavoidable inconvenience for all.

The list of restrictions does not include eateries so therefore they can continue to function according to the existing guidelines for delivery and takeaway only (6 am to 10 am, 12 pm to 3 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm).


With best wishes to all,

~ The Working Committee


May 15, 2021



New restrictions in Tamil Nadu

Dear Community,

The Tamil Nadu government has announced that new restrictions will be implemented in Tamil Nadu from today, May 15th. The announcement came in the night through an official press release of the state government. We will upload the full text at the earliest.

The key change is that grocery shops may be open from 6 am to 10.00 am only. However, we request you not to overcrowd PTDC, PTPS and HERS today because we are trying to make an arrangement with the concerned authorities to remain open at least today with the existing timings in order to have time to transition to a new system.

Restaurants for delivery will continue as per the usual timings and pharmacies may remain open as usual.

Please see below more details of the new guidelines:

  • Shops selling groceries, vegetables, meat and fish are allowed to operate only till 10.00 am. Only 50% of customers allowed at a time.
  • Tea shops will not be allowed to operate.
  • All shops except grocery, vegetable, meat and fish shops are prohibited from opening.
  • E-pass is compulsory to travel between districts from May 17 in Tamil Nadu; E-registration system is mandatory for travel within and between districts.
  • ATMs, petrol stocks, medical, country drug stores are allowed to open as usual.
  • Pedestrian stalls selling vegetables, flowers and fruits will not be allowed to operate.
  • Distribution through e-commerce companies such as Dunzo is allowed only until 10.00 am.
  • Other E-commerce companies will be allowed to operate from 02.00 pm to 06.00 pm.

We will update further as and when needed.

With best wishes to all,

~ The Working Committee

May 14, 2021

Working Committee without secretarial staff / closed till further notice

Dear Community,

This is to inform you that V., one of the Working Committee secretaries (name mentioned with her permission) has tested positive today for Covid 19 with a Rapid Antigen Test. Since the 3 secretaries work very closely together, they will all have to quarantine so the Working Committee office will be closed for at least one week.

Although we have tried to make arrangements for urgent ongoing work, we request everyone to please be patient with what will be unavoidable delays in follow up with topics that are brought to our attention.

Thank you for your understanding.

With best wishes,

~ The Working Committee


May 10, 2021

Clarifications concerning the lockdown

Dear Community,

We have received several questions about which we would like to share some clarifications concerning the lockdown.

  1. Units: Some of the Auroville units may fall under the categories of industries manufacturing essential commodities such as food industries, export units with exports commitments and export orders, manufacturers of sanitation materials, medical textile, etc. The Unit holders are advised to check the detailed list in the Government Order of Tamil Nadu number 348 of 20th April available at this link to see if they are eligible. Units that are allowed to operate are requested to follow the Standard Operation Procedure indicated in the same document. Units that can operate are requested to provide their workers with their own ID badges.
  2. Guest houses: Guesthouses are not allowed to take new guests until further notice but existing guests can continue to stay. Change of guest house from one Auroville Guest House to another is discouraged but possible with the permission of the Working Committee. Guesthouses can provide their workers with their own ID badges.
  3. Domestic workers/gardeners: Based on the information we have at the moment there are no restrictions on such workers, but things may change and if so we will inform. Please make sure to take all necessary health and safety precautions at home and to give paid leave if a worker or you have symptoms or if they are unable to get to work due to police checks.
  4. Construction: According to the latest government regulations, in house and ongoing construction may continue while following all SOP's and precautions. No new workers from outside of the area should be taken on at this time.

Please note that there is an even stricter lockdown in Pondicherry until 24th May. Shops and restaurants for delivery/takeaway are open until noon only. There may be controls on the street to check on the genuine reason for movements. For the time being the border with Pondicherry is not closed but we will inform if there is any change.

Stay safe and well and keep the faith!

With best wishes,

~ The Working Committee


May 8, 2021

Shops to remain open today (Saturday) and tomorrow (Sunday) until 9 pm

Dear Community,

Today the Tamil Nadu government announced new restrictions and a full lockdown from 10th to 24th May; details to follow soon. In the meantime, in order to facilitate preparations by the public for the lockdown starting on Monday, the TN Govt has decided to allow shops to remain open today (Saturday) and tomorrow (Sunday) until 9 pm.

Best wishes to all,

~ The Working Committee


The Tamil Nadu government has announced a further lockdown

Dear Community,

This is to inform you that the Tamil Nadu government has announced a further lockdown from 4.00 am of Monday 10 May until 4.00 am of Monday 24th.

During this period the following activities may continue to function in Auroville during previously announced timings: Financial Services, Working Committee, Residents' Service, Graphic Section at Town Hall, Santé and Health Center, PTPS, PTDC, HERS, eateries for delivery or takeaway only, essential utilities (waste, electricity, water, telephone, internet), ongoing construction, security, farming.

The key features and the main changes/additions to the existing restrictions are:

  • Office and Industry should remain closed except for maintenance work.
  • Private and government bus transport, and rental taxis and autos are prohibited within and between districts. Travelers will be allowed to travel to the hospital and for purposes such as marriage, death of a key relative, interview / employment, etc, with documents to support the reason for travel.
  • E-commerce services are allowed only for supplying food, groceries, vegetables, meat and fish and not for other items.
  • On the days of the lockdown, grocery shops are allowed to function until 12 pm and restaurants only for delivery from 6 am to 10 am, 12 pm to 3 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm.
  • Hotels and Lodges are not allowed to operate. They will only be allowed to operate for clients staying for business reasons and for medical purposes.

Please, see the full press release of the Government, specifying all details of the new and ongoing restrictions at this link [...].

We would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to please inform santecoordination (at) auroville.org.in if you have been tested on your own, either due to symptoms or suspected contact with someone who tested positive or simply as a precaution. If you have symptoms of Covid 19, please isolate yourself and call Santé during their regular opening times for a teleconsultation.

Stay safe and well!

With best wishes,

~ The Working Committee and Santé Coordination Team


May 6, 2021

Informative note from Santé health practitioners

Dear friends,

The Santé health practitioners have aimed to provide some information / recommendations / advice and tools regarding the prevention and management of CoVid from an integral health perspective.

There are contributions from Ayurveda, Acupuncture, Allopathy, Homeopathy, NLP and Psychotherapy.


Integral Health Recommendations to
maintain Wellbeing during CoVid

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PDF (10 pages)


We hope you will find this helpful to dispel fear and to restore faith and trust in your body.

"Remain quiet within, concentrated only on receiving strength and health, confident that we are with you all the time, and you will...be all right."


~ Santé health practitioners


May 5, 2021

New government covid guidelines

Dear Community,

This is to inform you that the Pondicherry government has extended the lockdown there until Monday, 10 May, and the Tamil Nadu government has announced that there will be further restrictions from 6 May until 20 May at 4.00 am. The latest GO from TN Government is available at this link [...], and here is the link [...] to the Pondicherry Govt Go.

A summary of the new restrictions is as follows, as extracted from the government orders:

  • All government offices and private offices are allowed to operate with a maximum of 50 per cent staff.
  • Only 50 per cent of seats in passenger trains, metro trains, private buses, government buses and rental taxis are allowed for the general public.
  • Large shops with a floor area of 3000 sq.ft. and above (big format shops), shopping complexes & malls have already been banned from 26.04.2021. Currently, vegetable stores and grocery stores operating in shopping malls are not permitted. Apart from these, only separate grocery shops and vegetable stalls are allowed to operate till 12.00 noon without air-condition.
Of these, only 50 per cent of customers should be allowed in at a time. Except for the aforementioned grocery and vegetable stores, all other stores are prohibited from opening. Essential functions such as pharmacies and milk supply are allowed to function as usual without any hindrance.
  • Only Parcel service/Take away service will be allowed in all Restaurants/Hotels/Mess. Tea shops will be allowed to operate until 12 noon. Sitting and eating in restaurants and tea shops is not allowed. Customers staying in hotels and lodges should be served food in the rooms where they are staying. It is not allowed to sit and eat in restaurants.
  • It is prohibited for community, political, sports, entertainment, educational, cultural events and other events in indoor auditoriums and in open spaces. Theaters cannot function.
  • At present, only 25 persons are allowed to attend funerals and ceremonies, but now not more than 20 persons are allowed to attend funerals and related ceremonies. Not more than 50 persons are allowed to attend marriages.
  • While beauty salons (Spas) are already banned from operating in the Corporation & Municipal areas, beauty salons (Spas) are now also banned from operating in all containment zones in rural areas.


The night curfews and weekend curfews are still in place as previously announced (Saturday and Sunday in Pondicherry, Sunday in Tamil Nadu).

Since our last bulletin, 4 Aurovilians and 1 Newcomer have tested positive and several guests in Serendipity (ex-Joy guesthouse) have also tested positive.

A point of concern is that we have received reports of some people who are in the quarantine list having been seen moving around in Auroville. We request all those who have tested positive, even if asymptomatic, and all those who are primary contacts of someone who has tested positive, to please respect the quarantine requirements. This is one of the most important measures to be taken to break the chain of spread of the virus. If any help is needed while in quarantine, whether medical or for food and other supplies, please contact santecoordination (at) auroville.org.in.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who responded to the call for volunteers. It has been heartening for all involved to feel this support.


With best wishes,

~ The Working Committee and Santé Coordination Team


April 30, 2021

To give some perspective and call...

Dear Community,

In the last 3 days, including today, we have 16 new positive cases (including 2 children) in Auroville, bringing the current total to 31.

To give some perspective, since March 11th of this year, in a period of a little more than 6 weeks, we have had 43 positive cases (including the 16 new ones) while in all the months of the first wave we only had about 20 cases in total. Almost all the cases in the first wave were asymptomatic while most of the cases this time have symptoms to varying degrees. Out of the 43 cases in this wave, 5 have recovered to date and others are on the way to recovery. All cases have had medical consultations and several have required medical intervention by the Ambulance Team.

It is very important to note that most of the 39 positive cases have been infected through contact with another positive case within Auroville, with only a relatively small proportion having a travel history that could account for the infection. This observation makes the process and speed of contact tracing extremely important! TRACK – TRACE – TREAT is the only way to break the chain of the spread of Covid-19. And therefore “Contact Tracing” of a Covid-19 positive person should be carried out as soon as possible. We request everyone to cooperate fully and provide information that is as accurate as possible if you receive a call or an email from a volunteer from Santé Coordination Team who could be doing the contact tracing for a positive case. Having early knowledge of a high-risk contact and isolating oneself, particularly if experiencing symptoms, is essential.

Due to the drastically increased workload that is directly connected to this surge in cases, the strain on those who are managing all levels of the work is reaching a breaking point. There is an urgent need for more people to help. We ask anyone who can help with tasks such as making phone calls and sending out emails for contact tracing, helping with data entry, helping with delivery of instruments and other materials, etc, to please write to santecoordination (at) auroville.org.in.

With all of the above in mind, it is extremely important to break the chain of the spread of Covid-19 in Auroville. In order to do this the following measures must be implemented for at least the next 10 days:

  • Minimize interactions/gatherings with others, even in private houses.
  • Close all public buildings and spaces, including playgrounds and sports grounds where group sports and games are taking place.
  • Units function at 50% capacity.
  • Guesthouses to not take new guests during this time period and moving from one guesthouse to another is kept to a minimum.
  • Construction sites to pause work.
  • Work from home and have meetings online.
  • Avoid travel unless absolutely necessary, including to Pondy.
  • Essential services such as food/grocery outlets, eateries for delivery/takeaway only, financial services, health services, etc, will stay open while ensuring all precautions.
  • Services such as Electrical, Telephone, Aurinoco will maintain a level of functioning required to address repairs and other urgent tasks.

Let us all take a conscious break from everything that we are doing currently, and at the same time collectively call for Her protection.

Let's stand together to expel this virus from our community and our surroundings.

With best wishes,

~ The Working Committee and Santé Coordination Team


Dear Community,
Please note that we have revised our instructions regarding construction sites as follows:
Construction sites may function to continue urgent works that are ongoing at the site. All precautions of wearing masks, maintaining distance, especially during lunch and tea breaks, and provision of sanitizer or hand washing facilities at the entrance to the site need to be ensured, as well as SOP's for construction sites that can be found here. Anyone with symptoms should stay at home.
Stay safe and healthy!
Best wishes,
~ The Working Committee


April 28, 2021

Update - more new cases

Dear Community,

Here we are again to inform you of new cases. Yesterday we were informed that 4 more residents have tested positive. They all have mild to moderate symptoms and are in home isolation in the communities of Humility, Kamataru Forest, Alchemy and Forecomers; contact tracing has been done.

The total number of active cases in Auroville is now 15, including the guest in Isaiambalam Guesthouse.

We appreciate that individuals who feel there is reason to be tested are taking the initiative to do so, and trust that all precautions are being taken while getting the tests done. We request those who decide to get tested to inform the Santé Coordination team (santecoordination (at) auroville.org.in) when the test has been taken and of the results.

Although we will continue to update you regularly, in order to try to reduce the frequency of bulletins, we encourage everyone to inform themselves of new cases and contacts by checking the list of those in quarantine here. (Note that access to the list is given only to people with an Auroville email id, hence we request you to use that email as far as possible to access the sheet. Residents who do not have an Auroville email id would need to request access to view the file and we will try our best to accommodate these requests.)

We request everyone to avoid gatherings of any kind, including private parties, to work from home as much as possible, organize needed meetings online rather than in person, and take all due precautions of wearing masks and maintaining distance of 1-2 meters when out in public, both inside and outside of Auroville.

With best wishes,

~ The Working Committee and Santé Coordination team


April 26, 2021

Message from Mr. Srinivasamurty, Secretary In-Charge of the Auroville Foundation

Dear friends,

Please find here below a message of Mr. Srinivasamurty, Secretary In-Charge of the Auroville Foundation, regarding the Covid circumstances.

With regards,

The Working Committee


Dear Members,
In view of the serious situation arising out of the current wave of covid spread, all meetings scheduled or unscheduled with groups or individuals will not happen until further notice.
Office of the Secretary will function with very limited staff for emergency purposes. No visitors will be allowed.
You can contact us through phone or email.
All residents may be advised to stay home safely and follow strictly all precautions of wearing a mask properly, maintain social distancing of 2 meters and hand hygiene if they have to go out for essential services.
The Working Committee may please ensure that no events or gatherings be allowed on Auroville campus or premises and absolutely no parties specially after 10pm, which will be viewed seriously. Restrictions as per the TN government notification will have to adhered to without any relaxation or compromise.
The Working Committee may kindly inform all other relevant committees & groups for compliance. Our concerned department & section in the Ministry of Education are also marked for kind information.
Sincerely,
Srinivasmurty
Secretary I/C


Covid-19: FAQs For Auroville Residents (from Santé)

COVID-19 FAQs for Auroville Residents

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PDF (4 pages)


All important phone numbers and working hours are given at the end of this document

All major hospitals that are designated for treating Covid-19 patients in and around Auroville/Pondicherry are overloaded and are concentrating their attention and resources on handling very critical cases of Covid-19 ONLY.

Our own internal resources for dealing with Covid-19 are very limited, both physically and medically. However, we are trying to help you to the best of our ability.

Q. I have Covid-19 like symptoms such as fever, cough, cold, body-ache, loss of smell, loss of taste.

Please call Santé Reception during working hours (see below for hours and numbers) and share your information with the receptionist. The Santé Receptionist will schedule a call back for you from the doctor on duty as soon as possible.

Due to the highly contagious nature of Covid-19 and limited medical staff, a doctor or nurse will probably not be able to visit you in person, and neither should you visit Santé.

Q. I am very sick with Covid-19 like high fever above 39.0 °C (or 102.2 °F), persistent cough, breathlessness , feeling very restless, tired/exhausted, low on energy.

Please call the Ambulance Dispatch. The ambulance duty person will evaluate your symptoms and organise a priority call back from a Doctor or if needed, and based on resources available, organise a priority visit to your location if stabilisation or admission is required.

Q. I don't feel well at all.

Please call the Ambulance Dispatch. The ambulance duty person will evaluate your symptoms and organise a priority call back from a Doctor or if needed, and based on resources available, organise a priority visit to your location if stabilisation or admission is required.

Q. I am in quarantine/isolation and I need non-medical help at home.

Please call the Santé Covid-19 Coordination number. Please let the Coordinator know if you can’t isolate at home.

For groceries - here are the details for the Basket service. Check out the guidelines for delivery link

PTPS:
Contact Person: Kala
Email: ptpservice (at) auroivlle.org.in
landline: 0413- 2622152
Web: https://consciously.auroville.org.in
Hers:
Contact Person: Thulasi
Email: hers (at) auroville.org.in
Phone: +91-7598553406
Web: https://consciously.auroville.org.in
Delivery to be organised by family or friends till they get volunteers.
PTDC:
Contact Person: Arul
Email: ptdcbasketservice (at) auroville.org.in
Whatsapp: +91-9659626618
Web: https://consciously.auroville.org.in


Q. I tested positive. Or I had close contact with a person who has tested positive.

Please call the Santé Covid-19 Coordination number.

Please also let the Santé Covid-19 Coordinator know if you can’t isolate at home or need help with delivering groceries, food or other essential items.

If you have tested positive, the Santé Covid-19 Coordinator will:

  • Schedule a tele consultation with a doctor
  • Schedule a call with a volunteer to trace any close contacts you may have had over the past 7 days
  • And provide you with
    • A printed copy or email/WhatsApp the guidelines on isolation including dos and don'ts & contact numbers. These guidelines can be viewed (or downloaded) here https://bit.ly/2S3tLEX
    • A vitals monitoring kit that includes a Pulse Oxymeter, Blood Pressure meter and thermometer along with a monitoring sheet.
    • Links to online material to learn how to self-monitor your vitals and other useful information on Covid-19
  • You will be requested to self-monitor your vitals and report them regularly to a volunteer who will tabulate them and escalate to a doctor if there is any cause for concern

Q. I want to get a RT-PCR test done

Please see guidelines on testing here https://bit.ly/2S4IJdN

Q. I want to get vaccinated

Please see information on vaccination here https://bit.ly/3xq5pVQ


Contacts Directory

1) Santé Reception

Working Hours:
From 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM, Mon to Sat
Tuesday Afternoon Closed
Telephone No: 0413- 2622803

2) Auroville Health Centre

Working Hours:
9.00 AM- 4.30 PM, Mon to Sat
Telephone No: 0413-2622123

3) Santé Covid Coordination (Aurosugan)

Working Hours:
8.00 AM- 8:00 PM, Mon to Sat
Outside these hours only for emergencies
Telephone Nos:
Mob: 80123 05151: 87786 14902
WhatsApp: 80123 05151

4) Ambulance Dispatch

Working Hours:
24 x 7
Telephone No: 9442224680


Notes

  • As per Government Rules, your information will be shared with the Block Medical Officer and the key health monitoring team.
  • The public health system in our region and in Auroville itself is under severe stress at the moment due to the spike in the number of cases. It is very hard to find available beds and the health professionals & facilities are under strain.
  • Santé, along with the Ambulance Team and volunteers from the community are attempting to close the gap and provide community members with a service that assists with home isolation and seeking medical attention if required.
  • While we do try to assist you to the best of our ability, our internal resources are very limited and it can take us some time to serve your needs.
  • You can help us by reading this document carefully and following the guidelines and suggestions.


Thanks & Regards,

~ Santé Medical Team, Santé Covid Coordination and Auroville Ambulance team


Update - three more cases

Dear Community,

This is to inform you that there are now 3 more residents of Auroville who have tested Covid positive, all 3 living in Grace community as neighbours. Two of the three are primary contacts of the guest staying in Isaiambalam GH, announced earlier. They all have mild to moderate symptoms, are isolating at home with the support of the Santé Coordination team, the community has been informed and contact tracing has been done.

This brings the total number of Covid positive cases in Auroville to 11. Please see the list of people in quarantine here [...].

If anyone is experiencing symptoms of Covid infection (headaches, fever, body aches, congestion, cough, loss of taste and smell, diarrhea and stomach cramps, extreme tiredness, difficulty breathing), please isolate yourself immediately and call Santé for a medical tele-conference and inform Santé Coordination (santecoordination (at) auroville.org.in). For more information, please refer to this FAQ link [see PDF above].

We strongly recommend that people work from home and all meetings happen online, as much as possible. Avoid large gatherings and travel only when necessary, even to Pondy.

It is more important than ever for all of us to take all due precautions of wearing masks and maintaining distance of at least 2 meters when in public, and regularly washing hands or using hand sanitizer!

With best wishes,

~ The Working Committee and Santé Coordination team


April 25, 2021

Availability of Covid-19 vaccination centres in our area

Dear Community,

We and Santé are still receiving regular inquiries about the availability in our area of vaccines against Covid-19 of which we covid/massmailed you the full contact details on 12 March of this year.

This is to inform you that the vaccine now is available, on a purely voluntary basis, to anyone, Indian and foreigner, above 18 years of age.

There are a number of hospitals and centers around Auroville that are offering a vaccine:

Private Hospitals (INR 250)

1) Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute (MGMCRI)
Pillaiyarkuppam, Pondicherry 607402
Contact Number: 8300020077: Email: dyms (at) mgmcri.ac.in
Vaccine: Covidshield
2) East Coast Hospital
Moolakulam
Contact: 0413-2297800 Email:admin (at) eastcosthospitals.com
Vaccine: Covidshield

Government Hospitals (at no cost)

1) JIPMER (Public Health Building)
Vaccine: Covidshield
2) Kiliyanur Community Health Center
Contact Number :4147-235255
Vaccine: Covidshield
3) Primary Care Center in Chinnakalapet
Contact: 0413-2655134
Vaccine: Covidshield
9 am to 1 pm

Individuals who choose to get vaccinated, can register directly online though the following link https://selfregistration.cowin.gov.in/ and select the location of the facility or directly call the facility for spot registration in the case of a private hospital. A passport or some form of Indian identification such as an Aadhar card or Indian drivers' license will need to be shown when you go for the vaccination. Also, there is an observation period of 30 minutes after receiving the vaccine, so this needs to be planned for.

In addition, both vaccines in India, Covidshield and Covaxin are 2 dose vaccines, so people should inquire about the date when they should return for the second shot.

Please be aware that you may be asked to sign a self-declaration form with a disclaimer.

For those of you, especially senior citizens, who would like to get the vaccine but need help with logistics such as transport and registration, please write to santecoordination (at) auroville.org.in.

Moreover, even if you decide to organise your vaccination individually, we request you to inform Santé Coordination via the same email address.

We realise that there are different points of view about whether or not to get the vaccines and we respect the right to have those different views. Therefore, this is a personal choice that each individual makes, hopefully after having informed themselves of pros and cons, and making a conscious decision one way or another.

With best wishes,

~ The Working Committee & Santé Coordination Team


New government restrictions effective tomorrow

Dear Community,

The Tamil Nadu government, through an official press release, has announced new restrictions due to the growing numbers of Covid Cases in the state and in the country. The number of new daily positive cases in India is 3.49 lakh in the last 24-hour period. This is the highest daily cases any country has had since the beginning of the pandemic.

In Tamil Nadu the number of active cases has just crossed 100,000, and yesterday there were 14,842 new cases. In our district of Villupuram there are more than 1000 active cases and yesterday 205 new cases were added. And finally, in Vanur Block we have about 80 active cases, with active positive cases in these villages: Koot Road, Therkunam, Konthamur, Pillamudaliar Chavadi, Thailapuram, Kottakarai, Morattandi, Pattanur, and Kadakampattu.

In Pondicherry there are 6,767 active cases and yesterday the city added 702 new positive cases, which amount has been steadily on the rise over the last one week.

A Government Order is expected today and it will be uploaded in Auronet as soon as we receive it. The main implications for Auroville are that restaurants can function only for takeaway and delivery, and gatherings in large numbers in auditoriums (such as Bharat Nivas, Cinema Paradiso) meeting halls and gymnasiums is not allowed any more. For more details, please see below the list of restrictions as announced in the official press release.

  • All theaters, gymnasiums, amusement parks, all recreation clubs, bars, large halls and meeting halls are not allowed where public gather in big numbers.
  • Large shops, shopping malls are not allowed to operate. Grocery stores, vegetable stores and all other stores are allowed to operate as usual following the appropriate instructions. However, grocery stores and vegetable stores operating in shopping malls are also not allowed. Large stores (grocery stores) that sell groceries and vegetables, including stand-alone groceries, are allowed to operate without air-condition. Of these, only 50% customers at a time should be allowed.
  • Beauty parlours and salons are not allowed to operate in all Corporations and all Municipalities including Chennai.
  • Only parcel service will be allowed in all restaurants and tea shops. Restaurants and tea shops are not allowed to sit and eat. Customers staying in hotels should be served food in the rooms where they are staying. It is not allowed to sit and eat in restaurants.
  • All e-commerce services can operate with limited time constraints.
  • Public worship is not allowed in all places of worship. However, daily pujas/prayers/ rituals are not prohibited to do by the staff of the worship places.
  • In view of the increasing incidence of corona infection, religious festivals and gatherings have been banned from 10.04.2021 with the permission of the District Collector/ Commissioner of the Department of Hindu Religious Affairs concerned if the festival is to be held or if arrangements have been made to fix the date of the ‘Kudamuzhukku’ with the participation of 50 persons. At present, this practice has been changed and only temple staffs are allowed to attend the ceremony without the participation of the public. New Kudamuzhukku /Festival are not allowed.
  • No more than 50 persons should participate in marriage and marriage related functions.
  • No more than 25 persons attend funerals and related ceremonies.
  • At least 50 per cent of employees in IT and IT service providers must work from home.
  • All Sports Coaching Associations / Groups including Golf and Tennis Club are not allowed to operate. However, only training for international and national level competitions will be allowed.
  • Persons coming to Tamil Nadu from all states except Pondicherry, including Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala will be allowed to enter Tamil Nadu only after showing the details registered (e-registration) on the website http://eregister.tnega.org.
  • All travelers coming to Tamil Nadu by air/ship from abroad will be allowed only after showing the details registered (e-registration) on the website http://eregister.tnega.org when entering Tamil Nadu.
  • As already ordered, in private and government buses, passengers will be allowed to travel in seats only. Standing on buses is not allowed.
  • In rental and taxi vehicles only three passengers are allowed to travel except for driver and in autos only two passengers are allowed to travel except driver. Violators will be prosecuted.
  • Night curfew every day and full curfew on Sundays will continue in Tamil Nadu.

Also, please remember that in Pondy there is a night curfew every day and a full curfew on Saturdays and Sundays, and that most shops are only open until 2 pm on weekdays.

It is recommended that meetings happen online as much as possible, and we have informed the Town Hall that only essential services (such as Financial Service, Residents' Service, Housing Service) should be open.

We will post new information as and when it becomes available.

With best wishes,

~ The Working Committee


April 24, 2021

Covid case update

Dear Community,

Please find below the latest update about cases in Auroville.

Three of the cases in Sharnga and the case in Gaia that were announced earlier have now mostly recovered and have tested negative. However, 2 more Council members, Suryan (living in Isaiambalam Guest House) and Claudine (living in Inspiration) -names shared with their permission- have tested positive after experiencing symptoms. In addition, a guest staying in Isaiambalam GH has tested positive so the guesthouse is now in self-imposed lockdown since there are shared spaces there. The total number of active cases in Auroville is now 8.

Contact tracing has been done but if anyone has had direct and close contact with Suryan or Claudine since the 14th of this month (the time of onset of symptoms) and has not been contacted by someone from the Santé Coordination team, please write to santecoordination (at) auroville.org.in.

We urge everyone to take all due precautions to reduce the risk of continuing a spread of new cases: Wear a mask when in public (inside and outside of Auroville), wash hands or use sanitizer frequently, and maintain a distance from others of at least 2 meters.

With best wishes,

~The Working Committee and Santé Coordination Team


A concerned letter to all

Dear Community,

As you are aware, over the past 4 weeks India has been experiencing a 2nd Wave of Covid-19.

The 2nd Wave has intensified very rapidly and is characterised by virus strains that have been observed to be more contagious and virulent and -according to medical professionals- also may be partially resistant to antibodies developed by symptomatic and asymptomatic infections during the 1st wave. In Auroville it has been observed that most of the cases this time do have symptoms and some have been/are very unwell, whereas in the initial wave almost all cases were asymptomatic.

As a result, total cases and active cases reported on a daily basis are currently triple the peak of the 1st wave. On Friday, April 23rd nationwide it was at 3.46 lakh positive cases in the 24-hour period.

This has led to medical facilities being overwhelmed in many places in India. There is a shortage of beds as well as many drugs, oxygen, and medical supplies.

All major hospitals that are designated for treating Covid-19 patients in and around Auroville/Pondicherry are overloaded and are concentrating their attention and resources on handling very critical cases of Covid-19 only.

Our own internal resources for dealing with Covid-19 are very limited, both physically and medically. We simply don’t have the human and physical resources to deal with many more cases, especially if they are in a critical condition.

We are already challenged by assisting cases who have tested positive and are unwell, and by tracing their contacts to limit further spread from them into the community.

And we do not have the medical resources in Auroville to manage Covid-19 cases who cannot be managed at home due to a deterioration in their condition.

If cases increase in Auroville in the coming weeks, it may prove very difficult to obtain the needed medical attention and support.

Hence, we strongly recommend that maximum precautions be taken in the coming few weeks to reduce the risk of contagion.

The only way to stop the surge in cases in Auroville and to stay safe, as a community and individually, is to reduce activities that are not essential plus very high-risk activities such as indoor sports facilities and sports activities with body contact, movie theatres, choir and other cultural practice and performance in groups, meetings in closed spaces, contact dance, schools, etc, with immediate effect.

Also please wear masks, practise good hand hygiene and keep a safe distance of at least 2 metres from others as far as possible.

We hope for your understanding of these new and more serious challenges that are being faced and look forward to your collaboration in a spirit of fraternity and community.

With best wishes,

~ Santé medical staff, Santé Coordination team, Auroville Ambulance team and the Working Committee


April 23, 2021

Council member tested positive

Dear Community,

Here we are again with another update. Please bear with the sudden increase in massbulletins but we want to do our best to keep everyone informed as things develop and as new information comes in.

S., member of the Auroville Council living in Newlands, has tested positive after experiencing symptoms (this is shared with her consent). As she has interacted with many people in the last few days, we are informing you of her test result and requesting anyone who has had direct and close contact with her since Friday, 16th of April, to inform Santé Coordination (santecoordination (at) auroville.org.in) as soon as possible.

Five other Council members are also experiencing symptoms and all members will be tested today. The results and more details will be shared as soon as they are known. In the meantime, anyone who has had direct and close contact with any Council member since the 16th is requested to please limit your contact with others until all test results have come in and contact tracing can be carried out accordingly.

Due to the sudden increase in cases in Auroville (now up to 8), members of the previous Covid Task Force are helping Santé Coordination in order to be able to effectively handle the work involved in contact tracing, testing, and care and support for our fellow Aurovilians who may need it. More on this will be communicated soon.

We appeal to all to please increase your vigilance and precautions at this time so that our human and physical resources are not overwhelmed and so that we reduce the risk of spread among each other and our neighbours in the surrounding area. In this regard, we strongly recommend that larger gatherings, meetings and events are cancelled for the time being and that work is done from home as much as possible.

In response to feedback from a few residents, it is important to share with you that the communications we send out are not motivated by fear. It is our belief that we all must do what we can with all our human limitations, while at the same time having faith that all is in Her hands.

With best wishes to all,

~The Working Committee and Santé Coordination Team


April 22, 2021

Further update on Covid situation

Dear Community,

There are now three new positive cases in Auroville, in Isaiambalam staff quarters, an Aurovilian working at Stem Land and now staying in Sanjeevinagar, and Surrender. They are in home quarantine. One of the existing cases in Gaia Forest is now negative so the total number of active cases in Auroville is 7, the highest so far.

We are aware of one positive case also in the Edeyenchavadi village.

A few members of the previous Covid Task Force as well as the Ambulance Service Team are now actively supporting the Santé Coordination team. In addition, regular coordination of all the health services has been re-established. For positive Covid cases, a system of round the clock medical care availability on a shift basis has been put in place. A plan is also under consideration to upgrade the facility of Sharanam in order to take care of more serious cases as local hospitals in the Pondicherry region have limited or no availability of beds.

A major difference that has been observed between the previous wave and the current one is that most of the existing cases in Auroville are now experiencing stronger symptoms. Therefore, it is more important than ever to work on prevention of contracting the virus by wearing masks and maintaining physical distance, especially in public or crowded places, avoiding unnecessary travel and avoiding large gatherings.

Presently there are more than 5400 active cases in Pondicherry so it is advised to go there only if strictly necessary. From the next weekend, there will be a full lockdown in Pondicherry from 10 pm on Fridays until 5.00 am on Mondays. During the rest of the week (Monday to Friday), starting from 26th April, shops and other establishments will be open only from 5.00 am to 2.00 pm.

We understand that there are different views about the pandemic and the precautions to take in order to avoid infection, but we appeal to everyone to please set aside personal opinions and do what is necessary to help those around you to feel safe, including our neighbours in the surrounding villages.

With best wishes to all,

~The Working Committee and Santé Coordination Team


Due to feedback received, we here send two clarifications:
  • In our previous mail we mentioned that one of the new positive cases is in Isaiambalam staff quarters. Please know that this refers to the SCHOOL staff quarters and not to the Isaiambalam Guesthouse.
  • Also, the Pondy weekend lockdown starts this coming weekend: i.e. from 10pm tomorrow Friday 23 April until 5am Monday 26th.


April 19, 2021

Covid - new restrictions

Dear Community,

The Tamil Nadu government has issued a Government Order today announcing new restrictions at least until the end of this month due to the growing number of Covid cases in the state and in the country. Below we have summarised some of the key restrictions:

Curfew: Effective from 20 April there will be a curfew every night from 10 pm to 4 am and a full day curfew on Sundays. On Sundays only essential services are allowed to operate such as milk distribution, daily newspaper distribution, hospitals, medical laboratories, pharmacies, ambulance services, all freight vehicles, farmers' produce vehicles, fuel transport vehicles (petrol, diesel and LPG).

Meat shops, fish markets, vegetable shops, cinema theaters, shopping malls, and all other shops will not be allowed to operate on Sundays.

Shops Groceries and Restaurants: They can operate all days of the week except Sundays with 50% of their capacity but must close by 9 pm. On Sundays restaurants are allowed to function for delivery only, from 6 am to 10 am, 12 noon to 3 pm and from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Transport services: Transport services, including interstate buses or from one district to another are not allowed to operate during the curfew days/hours. However, for emergency medical needs and to go to the airport/train station, rental auto, taxi and private vehicle use will be allowed. In addition, essential services such as milk distribution, daily newspaper distribution, hospitals, medical laboratories, pharmacies and ambulance services, lorries and fuel vehicles (petrol, diesel and LPG) will be allowed during the night curfew.

Theatres: They must ensure standard operating procedures and all precautions are followed, such as wearing a mask, washing hands with soap or using hand sanitizer, and adhering to physical distances. Only 50% of the venue capacity is allowed.

Marriage and Funerals: They are allowed any day, including Sundays, with a limit of 100 people for marriages and 50 people for funerals.

Colleges and Universities: they are required to function only on line.

Other educational activities/entities such as schools, institutes, etc, must remain closed.

General:

  • Local and foreign tourists are not allowed to visit tourist destinations in the Nilgiris, Kodaikanal and Yercaud on all days.
  • In all coastal areas of Tamil Nadu, on all days, the public is not allowed.
  • Parks, zoos and archeological monuments, excavations and museums are not open to the public.

We would like to take this opportunity to emphasise that the public health system in our region and in Auroville itself is under severe stress at the moment due to the spike in the number of cases. It is very important to work on prevention of contracting the virus by wearing masks, especially in public or crowded places, avoiding unnecessary travel and avoiding large gatherings. We would like to advise organisers of events in Auroville to consider postponing them even if the TN government guidelines allow events up to a certain number of people and/or 50% capacity of the venue. If it's not possible to postpone, then organisers must ensure that the Standard Operation Procedures and all other precautions are followed, including wearing masks, providing means to wash or sanitize hands and ensuring physical distance within the venue with respect to the limits.

We realise that there is a weariness with this pandemic and the precautions and restrictions that we have all been functioning with for so long now, but we appeal to everyone to please do what is necessary, and required by law, to reduce the risk of spread of the virus, for the safety of Auroville residents and our neighbors in the surrounding villages.

Thank you for your continuing attention, understanding and patience.

With best wishes to all,

~The Working Committee and Santé Coordination Team


April 17, 2021

Update on the Covid situation, new cases

Dear Community Members,

Here is a further update to the information shared on the 14 April about new Covid cases in Auroville.

Presently there are 5 active cases in Auroville: one in Adventure, one in Gaia and three in Sharnga (a family member of one of the existing cases has tested positive).

Contact tracing is going on for the new cases.

According to information recently received from the Block Medical Officer (BMO) for our area, there are no cases in the villages immediately surrounding Auroville, but there are 4 cases in Koot Road and a couple of cases each in Pattanur, Putharai, Thailapuram (north of Kodur) and several more in Kottakuppam. The number of cases in Pondicherry is high, with more than 3000 active cases.

Most of the recent cases in Auroville have either a travel history or contacts with workers from the Pondicherry region. We strongly recommend:

  • to travel only if strictly necessary;
  • to take precautions when meeting and interacting with external contacts;
  • to give paid leave to any employees who have symptoms and ask them to stay at home.

In addition, we ask that Auroville residents, including registered guests and volunteers, DO NOT go in person to Santé or the Health Center if symptoms are noticed. Instead, please call during normal working hours to get appropriate advice. We are in the process of reviving a 24-hour doctor-on-call system and will share those details soon.

We will try our best to give regular updates on the number of cases in and around Auroville and any changes in Government orders. Please keep an eye out for Covid bulletins.

Let's all do our best to reduce the risk of spread of the virus during this time of increasing cases.

With best wishes to all,

~ The Working Committee and Santé Coordination Team


April 14, 2021

COVID - new update

Dear Community Members,

We would like to update you all that there are two new positive cases in Auroville. Although they are both residents of Sharnga, they are not related and have a different history. Contact tracing has been done for one of the cases and is currently ongoing for the second one.

The other case in Udumbu that was previously announced has in the meantime recovered and the quarantine period is over.

The list of people in quarantine will be updated shortly, after test confirmations have been received.

We would like to remind everyone that a night curfew from 11 pm to 5 am has been imposed in Pondicherry and the police in Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu are strictly monitoring the use of masks and imposing a fine for non-compliance.

At the national level, yesterday (13 April) there was a new peak of 184,372 new cases and 1072 deaths, the highest since the beginning of the pandemic.

Please, continue to take all due precautions of using masks, maintaining physical distance and regularly washing/sanitising hands, particularly in public places. It is advised to avoid large gatherings as much as possible.

With best wishes to all,

~ The Working Committee and Santé Coordination Team


April 12, 2021

COVID- New lockdown guidelines & updates

Dear Community Members,

On April 8th, the Tamil Nadu government announced new lockdown guidelines that will be enforced from Saturday April 10th.

The impacts for Auroville are as follows:

  • Large gatherings are now restricted to a maximum of 200 people, duly following the Standard Operating Procedure. We request the organisers of all large gatherings to which people from outside are invited to contact the Working Committee and inform in advance.
  • Restaurants and eateries, shops and boutiques, theaters and auditoriums are expected to function with 50 percent of the capacity of the customer service areas.
  • Swimming Pools shall be permitted for sports training while following the relevant Special Operating Procedures.

The full text of the new guidelines is here:

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The number of positive cases in India is rapidly going up (currently over 1.32 lakh new cases per day, more than any other time during the pandemic), they are also on the rise in Tamil Nadu (currently over 6600 new cases), and there are more than 350 cases in our Villupuram district.

Presently there is only one active case in Auroville, in Udumbu. The person concerned is in home quarantine with her family. Contact tracing has been done, the primary contacts have been tested and all of them tested negative. Those previously detected in March have since recovered.

In this regard we remind all international travelers coming from, UK, South Africa, Brazil, that even if they have tested negative before departure and at the arrival at the airport, the guidelines of the Govt of India still require them to undertake one week of home quarantine and one more test at the end of this period.

For passengers coming from Europe, the health authorities of our district advise a period of 7 days home isolation followed by a test. This is to ensure that they did not contract the virus at airports or on the flights.

Domestic travelers coming from Maharashtra and Kerala are also required to be in quarantine for 7 days upon arrival in Tamil Nadu unless it concerns a short business trip (less than 48 hours). All travelers coming into Tamil Nadu should E-register themselves at https://eregister.tnega.org

We request you to take all the necessary precautions, don't let your guard down and to travel only when absolutely necessary.

Thank you for your attention and we wish you all good health!

Sincerely,

~ The Working Committee and Santé Coordination Team


March 19, 2021

Covid update

After the recent positive cases in Auroville (both symptomatic) and our request to cancel or postpone events, we have received a number of communications asking for clarifications about this.

Events and programs may continue at this time. However, being conscious of the rising number of COVID cases in and around Auroville, as well as in the country, please abide by the following:

  • The number of people at any event must be no more than 50% of the venue capacity and not more than 600, according to current Tamil Nadu State guidelines.
  • The organizers are responsible for ensuring that masks are worn, physical distance maintained, hand sanitizer or hand washing facilities are available and used often, and a log of participants is kept.
  • If the event is open to the non-Auroville public the Working Committee must be informed at least one week in advance so the relevant authorities are informed.

Please be aware that the State Government has issued a new press release (see here in Tamil and English) after having carried out a review of the current situation in the state.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who, in spite of the inconvenience caused, chose to respect the call to cancel or postpone planned events or gatherings in order to allow time for the contact tracing to happen and to minimize the risk of further spread of the virus. In the event that there are any new positive cases in Auroville we will inform the community.

Please be safe, and if you develop any symptoms, get a phone consultation with a doctor to advise you. For any support, please contact santecoordination (at) auroville.org.in.

~ The Working Committee and Santé Coordination Team




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July 16, 2020

Paolo Tommasi left his body

This is to inform the community that our dear friend and brother Paolo Tommasi passed away in JIPMER on 16 July at around 11.15am due to complications of the Covid19 virus. He was just 92 years old.

[...] Always a searcher, he was in his thirties called to India, where he met Mother at the age of 38 and felt he had found what he had been seeking. This was just before Auroville’s inauguration in ’68, and a few years before the concept of Matrimandir would emerge. In this very process Paolo would, in his reserved and reflective manner, play an obtrusive but significant role. He later would also propose elaborate designs for the twelve gardens around Matrimandir.

[...] At the end of June, Paolo was tested positive for the Corona virus and has been treated for the same, remaining stable for the first weeks on mask ventilation. Yesterday intubation was needed as his condition rapidly deteriorated. May he be in peace.

We profoundly and lovingly thank Paolo for his creative vision and the support extended by him for the Soul of the City.

Jay MA~


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