Updated November, 2023
At Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center, contributing to the safety, health, and wellbeing of our guests has always been our most basic and highest value. We have established a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, and we have continued to modify our practices considering MN Department of Health guidelines so that you can visit the retreat center with trust, ease, and peace. Please see below for the latest details.
COVID Vaccination Requirement
All staff and volunteers at Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center have been required to be fully vaccinated since October 1, 2021. Any staff members or volunteers who receives a religious or medical exemption from vaccination will be required to submit a weekly negative COVID test to the HR department at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church.
While physical distancing in meeting rooms or the dining room is not required, we will work to accommodate guest groups who want to physical distance while on retreat. Requests should be made during the booking process. Additional fees may apply.
Staff, volunteers, and guests (regardless of vaccinating status) are not required to wear masks, but they are encouraged to do so whenever community spread of COVID is high.
Isolation Protocol and Notifications
If any staff members test positive for COVID, they will follow current CDC guidelines for isolation:
- Stay home for 5 days
- If symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your home
- Continue to wear a mask for an additional 5 days
If any guest tests positive for COVID within 2 days of their stay, they should contact their group leader. The group leader should contact all group members who may have been exposed and they should contact the Director of Guest Engagement at the Retreat Center. The Director of Guest Engagement will inform any other group leaders, staff members, or volunteers who may have been exposed.
Group leaders will be informed of all protocols related to guests’ safety, health, and wellbeing prior to their arrival at Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center. They are responsible for sharing this information with all group members.
We look forward to welcoming you to Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center. In the meantime, please reach out to us with any questions about scheduling or planning an upcoming retreat.
Rev. Theresa F. Latini, Ph.D.