To reflect the changing CDC recommendations, we are excited to announce that vaccinated individuals will no longer be required to wear masks at the 2021 Encounter Retreat! Masks will be available and certainly allowed for vaccinated campers and staff members who still wish to wear them. We are asking all unvaccinated campers, staff members, and guests to continue to wear masks when inside and unable to socially distance during the Encounter Retreat. Additionally, as per the original Encounter Covid guidelines, unvaccinated individuals will still need to submit proof of a negative Covid-19 test in the week prior to the start of retreat (July 30th). Masks will be available during Encounter, and events will be designed to leave space for social distancing as much as possible during the weekend. Additionally, high-touch surfaces will be cleaned regularly throughout the retreat.
We want to make sure we are glorifying God in the way we love and care for one another's health and safety during Encounter. In accordance with the instructions of Paul in Romans 14, we want to be aware of each other's varying levels of comfort in crowded social situations and love one another the best we can during Encounter.
Encounter retains the right to dismiss any Encounter camper, staff member, or guest who displays symptoms of Covid-19 (not limited to but including: a fever greater than 100 degrees, chills, cough, loss of taste and smell, fatigue, and vomiting).
Sanitation stations will be available throughout the retreat center, and camp activities will be designed to accommodate social distancing as much as possible.
We believe that observing these Covid-19 safety protocols are the best way for our Encounter family to love our brothers and sisters, and display the love of Christ to the vulnerable, sick, and weak in our community. Non adherence to Encounter Covid-19 protocols is grounds for removal from the Encounter Retreat at any time.