Updated September 8, 2021
In light of our current public health crisis and our collective responsibility for mutual care, we recommend vaccinating, masking, and physical distancing for all gatherings, at all times.
We require that guests bring either proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test result obtained within 72 hours of arrival.
Rapid onsite testing will be performed for every guest in multi-day programming, using supplies provided by the Whidbey Institute. We welcome support to offset the cost of the testing materials; these costs will be included on group contracts but will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis if needed to ensure that groups aren’t turned away due to the cost of testing.
Masks are required indoors and for high-density gatherings outdoors, except in the case of private gatherings in which all program participants have been vaccinated and have tested negative upon arrival.
More stringent vaccination requirements may be put in place on a program-by-program basis in collaboration with program leaders.
We coordinate specific needs with each group leader according to the activities of their particular gathering. As a baseline for all groups, the following applies:
- Cloth face-coverings are required in the food and beverage service lines and bathrooms inside Thomas Berry Hall
- Program lodging is limited to single occupancy, with exception of household members or by specific choice of participants
- Hand sanitizer is available throughout campus
- Good hygiene is encouraged with reminder signage posted around campus
- Stringent housekeeping protocols and frequencies have been adopted
- Meal service is buffet style, with these safety protocols in place:
- Diners must wear masks and sanitize hands before entering the meal line
- A sneeze-guard has been installed
- Our kitchen follows stringent health department guidelines
For more information, see this Washington State Department of Health page offering guidance on masking and vaccinations.
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.
These guidelines apply to staff, visitors, program participants, volunteers, and program leaders. Different people have different levels of comfort and needs vary widely. Please care for yourself and respect the boundaries of others. As always, common sense and courtesy are requested—if unwell, please stay home and rest!
To learn more, email Marta.