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2023 Writers Retreat – COVID-19 Policy

We are excited to welcome our community back to The Retreat in person for the first time since 2019. We have a strict policy that works within state and federal guidelines to prioritize protection against Covid-19 for our Retreat Attendees and communities at large.

In the time leading up to The Retreat, we will monitor the progression of the virus and look at infection rates, health care system capacity, variants, and state and local regulations. If any changes, spikes, or other information deems necessary to switch to a Virtual Retreat, we will make the call to do so.

Considering the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDPH), and Chestnut Hill’s Covid-19 Policy, we will put in place a number of safety measures. For those attending the in-person Retreat, we will require proof of vaccination. If attendees have proof of exemption from vaccination, we ask that they present us with this proof as well as a negative Covid-19 test within 3 days of the beginning of The Retreat. Those who do not have either proof of vaccination or proof of exemption with a negative test will not be admitted to campus.

We prioritize community care and acknowledge that there may be many among us who are in some way  immunocompromised. Local regulations prohibit us from making indoor masking mandatory, but we encourage masking indoors in public spaces, and will have reminders and signs hung to encourage mask wearing. We will also encourage the 6-feet distancing practices, and work with Chestnut Hill University to make sure all common spaces are well ventilated. 

If anyone exhibits symptoms of Covid-19 during the Retreat, we will ask them to test, and if positive, the individual can recover in a single dorm residence or at their home, while attending the rest of The Retreat virtually. We will provide tests for individuals who have come into close contact with any person who tests positive.

Should a fellow test positive for Covid-19 prior to and be unable to attend The Retreat, Lambda Literary will refund tuition and open the space to another Fellow. 

We want to note that most campus housing is shared. Most Retreat Attendees will share a room with one other person and will use the communal bathrooms in the dorms. We do have a limited number of single room options available which we can offer based on need. If you are interested in attending The Retreat and have a condition which may require single housing, contact retreat@lambdaliterary.org to find out more about what we can provide.

With care,

Chloe Feffer (she/they)

Program Manager

Lambda Literary

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