We are hopeful that the Arcadia Gathering will continue as planned for October. We know this is a trying and uncertain time for folks and want to provide reassurances for folks considering attending the Gathering. We will continue monitoring the situation and will make adjustments accordingly.
In the event the Gathering is cancelled or rescheduled, we want you to know that your registration may be refunded or paid forward to attend the event when it does happen.
While we hope to eventually draw large crowds, the Arcadia Gathering is a relatively new and small event, so the smaller size will play in our favor to keep people safe. While we won’t know an exact number until after registration ends, we are projecting a cozy event of only a dozen or two people. Our focus is on quality and connection rather than large crowds. The event also takes place outdoors in the fresh mountain air, and most folks will be camping in their own tents, so this will also help keep people safe.
We know that after a summer of quarantine and physical isolation many people will be looking for events to attend. Please consider attending the Arcadia Gathering!
Below are some safety and hygiene guidelines to be followed at the gathering
While at the Gathering, the following personal guidelines are recommended:
- Social distancing of at least 6 feet may still be in effect. Please respect other people’s desire to social distance. If you want to signal that you want strict social distancing, please bring and wear a red band, bandana, or strip of cloth around your upper arm. Social distancing shouldn't be a problem in the wild outdoors.
- Bring and wear a reusable face mask of some kind to protect yourself and others. We may or may not enforce wearing this depending on where things stand in October and the consensus of those attending.
- Bring extra soap, hand sanitizer, and wipes. Since these items are hard to find, if you can find them, please consider bringing extra to share. We will also try to provide what we can.
- Please stay home if you are sick.
In the bathrooms:
- Use your own towel and personal hygiene items.
- Before entering a bathroom or shower, doorknobs are wiped down with disinfectant wipes provided outside.
- Once inside, wipe down any other surfaces of concern before placing wipe in the lined receptacle provided.
- After using the toilet. Wash hands for the recommended 20 seconds with soap and water. Dry hands with your own towel or paper ones provided.
- After using shower, take all your personal items with you.
The Sanctuary has the following cleaning protocols in place:
- Wear protective gear while cleaning. Personal protective items like disposable gloves, aprons or gowns, and facial coverings (like homemade or purchased masks) can provide additional protection. Make sure to wash hands immediately after removing gloves.
- Ventilate rooms before cleaning. The CDC recommends opening outside doors and windows and using ventilating fans to increase air circulation in the space before beginning to clean and disinfect.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before and after each cleaning. Use soap and water, and wash for at least 20 seconds. If that’s not possible, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Clean, then disinfect. Use detergent or soap and water to remove dirt, grease, dust, and germs. Once the surface is clean, spray with a disinfectant. Let it stand for a few minutes, then wipe—and if you’re not using paper towels or disposable wipes, it’s best to use a new cleaning cloth for each guest.
- Avoid touching your face while cleaning. To prevent the spread of germs, the CDC recommends not touching face, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands—so pay extra attention when cleaning.
- Use the right disinfectant. Most common household disinfectants registered by the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as cleaning solutions with diluted household bleach or at least 70% alcohol, are believed to be effective against the coronavirus. Pay special attention to frequently touched surfaces, like light switches, doorknobs, remote controls, and faucet handles.
- Sofas, rugs, drapes, and other soft, porous surfaces. Carefully remove any visible dirt or grime, then clean with the appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. If possible, machine-wash items according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Wash all linens at the highest heat setting recommended by the manufacturer. That includes bed sheets, mattress covers, hand and bath towels, kitchen towels, and blankets. Remember to wear gloves when handling dirty laundry, and take care to avoid shaking laundry, which could increase the spread of germs.
- Clean and disinfect laundry baskets and hampers. If possible, consider using a liner that is either disposable or that you can throw into the washing machine.
- Empty any tools or appliances after every cleaning. You should wipe down the vacuum cleaner dishwasher and washing machine with disinfectant.
- While restocking your supplies, take a moment to check expiration dates. And remember to never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleaning solution that can release toxic gases that are dangerous to inhale.
- Line trash cans. Placing bags into trash bins will make it easier to dispose of tissues and other waste.
- Dispose of or wash your cleaning supplies. If using paper towels, disinfectant wipes, and other disposable cleaning supplies, take the trash out after completing it. If using cleaning cloths and other reusable products, make sure to machine-wash them at the highest heat setting appropriate for the material.
- Safely remove any cleaning gear. When done cleaning, immediately remove any protective outerwear like gowns, gloves, or masks, and dispose of them or wash accordingly. Remember to wash hands for at least 20 seconds afterward.