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Health Guidelines

Updated August 25, 2022

In light of our current public health circumstances and our collective responsibility for mutual care, we recommend vaccinating, masking, and physical distancing for all gatherings, at all times.

We strongly recommend that those traveling by air get tested before departing home.

When registering for an event at the Whidbey Institute, please note our Policy for Cancellations Due to a Positive Case of COVID-19.

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. Learn more about our protocol in the event of a positive test result

Masks are recommended but not required indoors or high-density gatherings outdoors.

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:

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 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.

FAQ: What if someone tests positive upon arrival?

1) If the rapid test is positive, we test again (false positives happen more frequently than false negatives). If negative, we test a third time.
If two out of three test results are negative, we assume the likelihood of a false positive and admit the participant to the program. We do not charge for the additional two tests.

2) If the second test is positive, we discern next steps depending on circumstances.

A) If the person travelled regionally via car on their own, we ask them to head home. We do not charge for this participant. Getting someone home is a better option than having them stranded here in the case they fall quite ill.

B) If the person travelled regionally via car with others (carpool), Whidbey Institute staff and program hosts will discern on a case-by-case basis whether the entire carpooling cohort needs to head home.

C) If the person travelled by air, we work with the unique circumstances of each program to see if it is possible for them to spend some time in quarantine onsite during the duration of the program. They may need to move to a hotel or AirBNB to finish their quarantine period, depending on the needs of other programs after their program reservation concludes.This underlines the importance for anyone who is traveling by air to test before they travel.