Covid Policy

Learn more about how we’re dealing with Covid

In some ways, visiting Sravasti Abbey is like visiting a Dharma center or a church. It’s a public place where people gather to hear teachings, learn meditation, and share meals and community.

Sravasti Abbey is also like a private home. Our resident monks, nuns, and trainees live here year-round.

Our Covid policy is designed to protect our guests as well as our residents.

We have adapted the policy along with the changing course of the pandemic, always following CDC guidelines.

The Basic Policy

All visits, regardless of length of stay, require an appointment. You can make an appointment by contacting the office. All overnight visits start with a completed registration form.

You must register to visit.

Please take an at-home (rapid) Covid test the morning of your visit and email a photo of the negative result to the office. Additionally:

  • If you have respiratory symptoms, please postpone your visit. Symptoms are listed below.
  • If you’ve been exposed to someone who has Covid, please postpone your visit
  • If you start having respiratory systems while you’re here we’ll do a rapid test to make sure you don’t have Covid.
  • See below for more details.

Our Covid policy changes, so please check this page (or for a specific event) close to when you will be visiting us for the most up-to-date info.

Other considerations

Do you feel sick?

If you have any of these symptoms, please re-schedule your visit:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

The Covid incubation period, which is the time between when a person is exposed to the virus and when their symptoms first appear, ranges from 1 to 14 days. Most people develop symptoms 5 to 6 days after being in contact with a person with Covid.

You are most infectious (or contagious) in the first 5 days after your symptoms start. You can also spread Covid in the 48 hours before your symptoms start. If you never have symptoms, consider yourself most infectious in the 5 days after you test positive.

Have you been exposed to Covid?

If you have been exposed to someone with Covid within 14 days of your visit, regardless of whether you or that person shows Covid symptoms, test yourself 5 days after your exposure with a rapid test.

If you test negative, test again 2 days later. (Often the rapid tests do not register positive if the infection is early and  a small number of viruses are present.) Then write us and follow the procedure above.

What if you test positive?

If you test positive within the 14 days before your planned arrival, do not come.

Wait a full 14 days after a positive test. If you have no symptoms during that time, test again on the 14th day. If your test is negative, begin the procedure for visiting the Abbey.

What if you get sick at the Abbey?

While visiting, if you develop any respiratory symptoms or feel like you have a fever let the Abbey Care Team know immediately.

Our resident nurses will assess the situation and work with you to decide the next best steps.

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Newport WA 99156 USA
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