Information on Mariandale and COVID-19

Status Update: September 15, 2021

The Center at Mariandale resumed in-person programming on this past summer. This includes smaller sponsored programs and hosted events, private retreatants, and outdoor events and activities.  Though we’re handling our on-site activities with caution and respect for state and local guidelines, we are optimistic that our slate of online programming will continue to expand.

Our mission invites us to cultivate mutual relationships and to take responsibility collaboratively for what must be done to keep us all safe. Recognizing our interdependence, we are asking our guests to cooperate in the spirit of community and friendship.

In spring of 2021, we implemented a major upgrade to our HVAC system and added state-of-the-art air filtration to all guest and meeting rooms. Our updated cleaning protocols exceed recommendations.

If you are coming to Mariandale,  please make these simple considerations, along with your plans.

First, we ask that you remain at home if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness or have been exposed to someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19.

All guests visiting the Center at Mariandale facility will need to show one of these two items:

√  Proof of vaccination(s), with dates, when you arrive at the center (Vaccination Card recommended), OR

√  Proof of a negative Covid-19 test, completed within 72 hours before your arrival at the center.

If you are vaccinated against COVID-19:

• Please bring proof of vaccination(s) with dates of vaccinations (Vaccination Card recommended).
• Please complete and sign an Informed Consent Waiver form (see below) upon your arrival.

If you have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19:

• Please be prepared to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test, completed within 72 hours before your arrival at the center.
• Please be prepared to wear a mask while indoors at the center.
• Review and sign an Informed Consent Waiver form (see below) agreement upon your arrival.
• Please practice social distancing while in public (shared) rooms, including meeting rooms, the cafeteria, bathrooms, shower rooms, etc.

Policy steps to keep our Mariandale community safe, and out of care and consideration for one another:

1. All guests will be required to sign in and complete a health screening, including taking of temperatures, when arriving at the center. If there is a Group Leader, he/she may complete this task and submit a sign-in sheet to retreat center staff.

2. All guests will sign a COVID-19 Informed Consent Waiver form and will agree to wear a face covering if proof of vaccination isn’t provided in all public and common areas and practice social distancing per New York State and Center for Disease Control requirements.

3. Meeting Rooms will continue to maintain an occupancy level that is both in line with the present NYS guidelines AND follows social distancing rules.

4. Overnight guests will be limited to 15 and will need to present proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results from the past 72 hours. We limit overnight stays to 15 people so that only 2 people will share a shower stall during their stay. Showers will be cleaned after use.

5. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided in our dining room through our food service. The dining room will be arranged in a way that ensures social distancing, and outdoor seating is available.

COVID-19 Informed Consent Waiver Form

Please print and sign this form. You can choose present this signed form upon arrival at the center, or fill one out when you arrive.

Private Retreats at Mariandale

We have been accepting private retreatants since May 2021. Please visit the Private Retreats page on this site to learn more and to send an Inquiry Form with your request. We’ll get back to you within two days. We do ask that you plan with two weeks’ notice in advance for our private retreats, to make sure we can accommodate you.

If you can help us with a donation at this time, we would so appreciate the help. Like many, our center has experienced a reduction in income that has left us well behind in our operating needs. If you can help with a large or small gift, please visit our website at www.mariandale.org/donate to make a safe, secure online donation.

Thank you.

The Center at Mariandale

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