March 13, 2020
Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center knows that you may have questions and concerns related to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID 19) and our response. The safety and wellbeing of our guests and employees is our top priority, and at the heart of our mission of hospitality, care, and reverence for all life. To that end, we are carefully monitoring updates and following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health.
Governor Tim Walz has urged organizations to suspend gatherings of more than 250 people. Because our campus capacity is far less, we remain open at this time and will continue to receive guests, who experience in this place a respite from anxiety through renewed connections to themselves, to one another, to nature, and to God. As we welcome individuals and small groups, we are taking the following actions:
Our custodial, housekeeping, and kitchen staff are diligently cleaning all surfaces with industrial-strength disinfectant. This includes lodging rooms, dining rooms, meeting rooms, lounges, bathrooms, kitchen surfaces, front desk and lobby furniture, and frequently touched surfaces such as door handles and railings.
We are reminding guests and staff to wash their hands frequently, to refrain from handshakes and hugs, to cover their coughs and sneezes, and to avoid touching their faces. Soap and hand sanitizer stations can be found throughout all of our buildings.
We are configuring our lodging and meeting room spaces to increase social distancing. We are separating groups during meal times and spacing out seating at dining tables.
We are asking staff and guests to stay at home if they are sick, if they are at high-risk of contracting COVID-19, or if they display symptoms of COVID-19.
In these anxious and uncertain days, we invite you to remember that we belong to one another and to God. We encourage you to find joy in simple pleasures. We ask that you join us in caring for and honoring one another’s humanity.
Peace + grace,
Rev. Theresa F. Latini, Ph.D.