The staff and Board of the Friends of the MST have determined that all Gathering attendees must be vaccinated, and if eligible, up-to-date with currently available boosters. By arriving at the Gathering up-to-date on Covid-19 vaccinations, you are protecting the MST community, the staff at Lake Junaluska and neighbors in the surrounding communities. Vaccinations and boosters should be completed before March 24th to accommodate the 2-week post-vaccination waiting period. Vaccination cards or a digital copy should be brought to the Gathering. Some excursion locations may require these to be presented too.
We also ask that you don’t attend if you are sick. Lake Junaluska has a generous cancellation policy for accommodation reservations (full refund 15 days in advance, less $15 fee; loss of deposit only if cancelled within 15 days of reservation.) We will offer registration fee refunds up to 72 hours prior to the event (less a $15 processing charge to cover our administrative costs.)
During all indoor events outside of individual guest rooms, properly fitting masks are required to be worn, covering both nose and mouth. If you carpool with people outside of your household, please wear a mask. We will provide hand sanitizer stations on-site for frequent use and encourage you to bring your own stash to use when you are out and about.
And please use common sense about other people’s comfort. Respect others and their social distancing needs. We are a courteous and respectful crew, and we know you will treat each other with kindness and understanding, even from six feet away!
Lastly, the situation remains fluid. We can’t anticipate the future and our desire for a normal Gathering won’t override the wellbeing of the group. If there are changes to be made, we will communicate them as soon as we can. We plan to revisit these requirements two weeks out from the Gathering.
Thank you for understanding the precarious nature of planning an event in the time of Covid. Reach out to Betsy Brown if you have any comments or questions about attending.