Updated April 28, 2020
Stony Point Center is currently closed in compliance with New York state and local government recommendations that only essential businesses should operate during the COVID-19 outbreak. Our staff and resident volunteers are saddened by the suffering of so many through illness, death and loss of income. We are aware that members of our extended family are experiencing losses and heartache. Please hold them and all of the frontline workers in healthcare, food and service industries close to your hearts. As we all unite with efforts to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19, we are hopeful that in some bright spot of this difficult time, there lies ahead a new level of shared commitment to stand firm for the common good.
Below is a summary of our current operational decisions, response efforts, and plans for re-opening. Please check back here at stonypointcenter.org/covid-19 for updates.
- Our campus is currently closed. We closed on March 15, and will remain closed until local and state governments deem it possible to open businesses in the Lower Hudson Valley. Please check back as we continue to re-evaluate the situation.
- Our offices are operating remotely. The Presbyterian Church (which owns Stony Point Center) applied for and received the PPP loan. This was wonderful news, and will allow us to continue to pay our entire staff and assure continuity with their income and benefits. You can reach our staffmembers at their normal emails. If you need to reach us via phone, please call 845-786-5674 x101 and leave a message. We are checking our messages at least once a day and will respond promptly. Click here for a directory of emails and extensions.
- We are rescheduling groups for later in 2020. If your event or booking was cancelled due to COVID-19, or if it was scheduled to take place after May 25 but you are unsure of whether or not to cancel, we invite you to be in touch with Mary Romano at x101 to discuss options. We look forward to welcoming everyone back as soon as possible and working with you to plan a new booking for later in the year. Scroll down to see our policy regarding rescheduling & cancellations due COVID-19.
- We are planning ahead. The protection of our guests and staff will be paramount when it is time to welcome back groups in this COVID-19 era. Scroll down to see protocols and response efforts that we are undertaking in preparation for that time.
We understand the difficulty of assuring a safe, virus free environment and how important it will be to prioritize distancing when possible, and a generous amount of disinfecting procedures. Guests may be coming back from either a strict quarantine, or at least social distancing with only close family members. We are aware that guests will be experiencing varying degrees of trauma and that anxiety levels will be high in public spaces.
Here are some of the measures we are putting in place to address these needs:
- Each guest will be asked to adhere to anti-viral methods, such as handwashing often, using hand sanitizer in the dining room, and especially not attending the event if they have any symptoms.
- Guests can take advantage of single occupancy rooms at the contracted double occupancy rate for the remainder of 2020 (if they are family, they can opt to stay in double occupancy). This will cut in half the number of guests on campus at any one time, which we feel is necessary.
- Meeting room occupancy guidelines have been revised to approximately half of the former volume.
- In the dining hall, staff will serve all guests from the line, rather than our former buffet style service. We will stagger meals so as to have lower numbers of guests in the dining room at one time to allow for additional sanitizing between groups.
- We will increase the frequency with which we wipe surfaces with chlorine-based sanitizers.
- We will clean shared bathrooms at an increased schedule with regular intervals.
- We will place hand-sanitizer dispensers in all meeting spaces as well as in the dining hall.
- We will make disinfectant spray available in all bathrooms.
When the timing is appropriate, please disseminate this information amongst your participants.
Rescheduling & Cancellations Policy:
Our goal is to make sure we all work together to make your event happen – if not now, at some point in the future. Our preference, unless you are determining whether or not to purchase airfare that cannot be refunded, is to put off the decision about whether to cancel your event until two to three weeks before your date.
- If your event is three weeks or less away and you choose to postpone to a new date within one year, we will move your entire deposit to your next event.
- Due to the restrictions on gatherings imposed by local government, we are not holding groups responsible for their deposit or contract guarantee. We will hold your deposit or return your entire deposit, whichever is best for your organization.
- If your event falls outside of the window of time in which there are local government restrictions on gathering, we will hold you responsible only for the deposit of 25% of your contract (as opposed to the normal requirement of your contract that you would be responsible for 80%).
- If you are canceling entirely for an event that is after restrictions are lifted, we will keep your deposit of 25%. We would be happy to rebook you if you change your mind as your date approaches and these same dates or other dates that work for you are still available.
Social distance must not equal social isolation — we all need to draw on our resilience and spiritual grounding to support each other in new ways during this difficult time. Stony Point Center and the Community of Living Traditions are continuing to extend our practices of radical hospitality and multifaith community into the virtual sphere. Read more:
- CLT Launches "Living Into the New Normal" Series
- Farm Update: Sowing during COVID-19
- CLT Stands with Immigrants Impacted by COVID-19
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Rockland County: Stony Point Center is located in Rockland County, NY. Click here for updates from our county's Health Department.
New York State: Click here for updates from the NYS Department of Health.
Center for Disease Control:
- Instructions for Mass Gatherings or Large Community Events
- Updated Posters, Fact Sheets & Videos
- Share Facts about COVID-19
We value you as partners and fellow travelers in the movement to heal and transform this world. Together we will get through this!