Updated August 14, 2020
- Cloth face-coverings are required in shared indoor spaces
- 6′ physical distancing is required between guests
- Program lodging is limited to single occupancy, except for members of a household
- Hand sanitizer is available throughout campus
- Good hygiene is encouraged with reminder signage posted around campus
- Stringent housekeeping protocols and frequencies have been adopted
- Trail users are asked to wear masks when passing or traveling near others
- Group sizes are limited to ensure capacity for physically-distanced gathering and dining. At this time, no more than 10 people may gather in any indoor or outdoor space, including the meadows and gardens, Thomas Berry Hall, dining room, Sanctuary, and Farmhouse. This limitation applies to all programs until further notice.
- For more information, see the Governor’s Safe Start guide, updated August 20.
Meal service is buffet style, with these safety protocols in place:
- Diners must wear masks and sanitize hands before entering the meal line
- Food is protected by a plexiglass guard
- Kitchen follows stringent health department guidelines
- Tables are located in the dining hall, Thomas Berry Hall, and courtyard for distanced seating—you are also welcome to find a spot on the land to enjoy your meal
- Six foot distancing is required for diners except among household members.
The incubation period for COVID-19, which is the time between exposure to the virus (becoming infected) and symptom onset, is five to six days on average but can be up to 14 days. During this period, also known as the “pre- symptomatic” period, some infected persons can be contagious. (World Health Organization)
We ask that you come to the Whidbey Institute campus only if you have no COVID symptoms, no fever, and no known exposure to COVID-19 positive individuals within 14 days. Click here for more information on the timeline from exposure to feeling better.
Face shields are not substitutes for cloth face coverings. Face shields protect the wearer from droplets but do not sufficiently protect others. Coverings must provide “source protection” by covering the nose and mouth to prevent droplets from circulating. A face shield that includes a cloth extension that is attached to the entire edge of the face shield in conjunction with additional social distancing may substitute. (Washington State Economic Resiliency Team)
These guidelines apply to staff, visitors, program participants, volunteers, and program leaders. As always, common sense and courtesy are requested—if unwell, please stay home and rest!
To learn more, email Marta.