Covid-19 Information from Shrine Mont

Shrine Mont open with restrictions

Now with Virginia in phase 3, we have opened our cottages/rooms along with offering meals. Guests can spend most of their time outdoors, which is ideal for those wanting to keep their risk factor low. Shrine Mont has 1,100 acres to explore which is perfect for social distancing!

Our mission of being “A Place Apart” has a completely new meaning for folks who have been staying at home or self-quarantined for weeks if not months.  The Shrine Mont leadership and staff feel compelled to fulfill our mission now more than ever.  We are working hard to find a way to be a safe retreat for both our guests and our staff. Our housekeeping and food service departments have taken the necessary steps to ensure that we are meeting CDC and our local health department Covid-19 guidelines. We will be taking temperatures when necessary, wearing masks, adding hand washing and hand sanitizing stations around the grounds.  Guests can schedule bookstore shopping appointments.  We will require appropriate social distancing in dining and meeting spaces, and yes, you will see plexi-glass at the front desk!

A kitchen will be open serving our normal menus. Meals will be offered cafeteria style either for guest pick-up or by delivery to cottages/rooms. We want our guests to feel comfortable so we will adjust to meet your needs. Guests may use the dining halls if they wish and we will provide ample space for social distancing. Again, if you are comfortable in a dining hall setting, this will be an option, if not, pick up and enjoy your meal on a porch, under a tree or by the pond.

So much of what Shrine Mont offers is in the community of those who stay.  In the past that meant quality time around the table, or groups gathering together for talks or meditation.  Social gathering on porches before meals and singing together late into the night were all part of the Shrine Mont experience. These activities will need to be different.  Shrine Mont will continue to offer the opportunity for parishes, families and friends to safely gather and spread out into nature.  Children, young and old can hike, run, rock on our porches and be together in community, but will do so in smaller numbers and a little further apart from each other.

Our spring fed pool will is open for Shrine Mont guests on a limited basis. Our lifeguards will be monitoring guest numbers and taking temperatures. The grassy area around the pool will allow for social distancing while soaking up some much needed sunshine!

Contact our guest services department for more information and to make a reservation.

Click HERE to download Shrine Mont's Guidelines for phase 2 stays.

This page will be updated regularly with the latest information on Shrine Mont's response to the COVID-19 virus.

If you have a questions or concerns about an upcoming reservation later at Shrine Mont, please feel free to contact our guest services department.

Shrine Mont is working to make sure we are as safe we possibly can be for our guests and our staff.  We will follow the phase two recommendations outlined by the governor and appropriate practices outlined  Health Department and CDC regarding the cleaning of facilities and safe food service and continue to communicate with our staff and guests about the basic safe practices outlined by the CDC.

Click here to see on-line resources at The Diocese of Virginia  to help parishes and individuals during this time of isolation from your parish family.

If you would like to help Shrine Mont overcome the loss of business, click here to make your tax deductible contribution.  Note that the recently passed CARES act legislation allows for up to $300 in gifts to qualified nonprofit organizations can be deducted in 2020 under a universal deduction.  That means that even if you don't itemize, you can now make this deduction on you 2020 taxes!

Frequently Asked Questions

Updated July 9, 2020

When will Shrine Mont open?

Shrine Mont is now open following the phase 3 recommendations set forth by the governor.  Cottages and rooms are available with meals served cafeteria style from one of our kitchens.  If guests prefer to have meals delivered to their cottage, Shrine Mont will be glad to accommodate with prior notice.

We are continuing to monitor the situation and will update our COVID-19 page as things change.

Are you holding worship services in the Cathedral Shrine of the Transfiguration?

There are services in the Cathedral Shrine on Sundays following the guidelines for outdoor worship set forth by the bishop.  Click  here to see these guidelines

Has the COVID-19 outbreak had an impact on Shrine Mont?

Yes.  Because of COVID-19, Shrine Mont had to delay our opening until June 19.  This delay has had immediate and long-term financial impact on our ability to serve our guests and our employees who count on us for their livelihood.

Shrine Mont’s greatest strength in dealing with the current situation is our community – our loyal customers, guests, friends and donors.  We are confident that when we open, we will welcome back many people who will enjoy our hospitality and a well needed retreat from the events of this year.

How do I make a reservation?

Click here to make a reservation request through our website or call guest services at 540-856-2141

What if I already have a reservation?

Shrine Mont has made outreach to all our guests who were scheduled to visit to confirm your stay. If you have not been contacted, please contact our reservations department.

What will happen with the Shrine Mont Camps?

On May 18 the Diocese of Virginia suspended the Shrine Mont Camps for the 2020 season. Further information can be found on the Shrine Mont Camps website or www.shrinemont.com

What can I do to help Shrine Mont through this difficult time?

  • If you have a reservation, please plan on coming as you are able and feel comfortable doing so,
  • If you need to move your reservation, our guest services staff will be glad to work with you to reschedule your stay for later in 2020.  We are currently posting available dates at www.shrinemont.com/open-dates with daily updates.
  • If you are unable to reschedule your reservation for 2020 and you are able to make a gift, please consider making your payment as a donation to Shrine Mont.  Shrine Mont is a 501(C)(3) organization and your gift will qualify as a charitable donation.

Can I come to Shrine Mont just to walk around?

  • We appreciate the general public’s desire to walk around our grounds, however we ask that everyone respect our property and the CDC guidelines with respect to social distancing.
  • Only Shrine Mont guests are permitted in Shrine Mont buildings.
  • Shrine Mont currently has no public restroom facilities.

What are you doing to keep guests safe in light of the COVID-19 virus?

  • Shrine Mont is working with the Shenandoah County Health Department and following the governor's phase two recommendations and  CDC guidelines with respect to guest room and meeting rooms cleanliness including the use of approved COVID-19 preventive cleaners.  Some of our precautions include:
    • Screening guests and staff upon arrival at Shrine Mont and daily.
    • Leaving a buffer of at least 24 hours between rentals to allow for any potential virus to die, followed by sanitation of the cottage by Shrine Mont housekeeping staff
    • Shrine Mont will provide sheets and a bathmat. Guests will be required to bring their own pillow, bedding, towels and any sports equipment they wish to use.
    • Each cottage will have a cleaning kit so guests can clean highly touched surfaces as needed.
  • Public spaces will have hand sanitizing stations in public spaces and signage throughout the facility reminding guests and staff of proper hand washing, required social distancing and masks, and other recommended practices.
  • There is no evidence that COVID-19 is spread through food or food shipped from affected regions.  Shrine Mont will work with the Shenandoah County Health Department to insure our food service and preparation follow all guidelines in both our dining rooms.

Will Shrine Mont's pool be open?

Shrine Mont's pool is open for Shrine Mont guests to use on a limited basis to maintain safe social distancing.

  • Pool hours are limited and posted weekly
  • Guests will be screened and temperature checked before entering the pool area
  • Guests in the pool area are required t0 maintain a safe distance of 10 feet between family groups
  • Guests should bring their own chairs
  • Shrine Mont reserves the right to limit the number of guests in the pool area to maintain safe social distancing and may ask guests to reserve assigned times to assure these safety measures are followed.

Can I make a gift to Shrine Mont to help during this down time?

Yes, gifts are greatly appreciated at this time.  Donations may be made via the Shrine Mont website. www.shrinemont.com/donate or checks can be made out to Shrine Mont and mailed to PO Box 10, Orkney Springs, VA 22845

Remember that the recently passed CARES act legislation allows anyone to make tax deductible gifts totaling $300 to qualified charities in 2020 whether they itemize or not!