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    What About COVID-19?

    What about COVID-19?

    Your health and safety is our #1 priority!

    COVID Protocols Update

    Maryland’s Governor Larry Hogan recently announced that all restrictions regarding COVID would be lifted in the state on July 1st. As we have allowed the state to guide our practices, we will transition on June 27th to become a “mask-friendly” campus.

    We wish to be compassionate, show dignity and respect to those who may want to continue wearing a mask just as much as those who don’t want to wear a mask. We don’t want to have contention as it relates to whether someone chooses to wear a mask or not. We look forward to pursuing some familiarity and are grateful for your patience throughout this past season.


    We have strengthened our standard cleaning procedures, while adding increased frequency measures for things such as wiping down common touch points and activity equipment. 

    • We will clean and disinfect luggage carts as often as possible during check-in and check-out. In addition, disinfecting wipes will be located in the front lobby if you wish to wipe down a luggage cart for yourself.
    • Common areas throughout all of our buildings, and public restrooms on each floor of the main building will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected twice daily. Disinfecting wipes and toilet seat protectors will also be available in each public restroom. Please DO NOT FLUSH the disinfecting wipes.
    • Hand sanitizer and wipes stations will be placed strategically throughout the property in order to help you keep your hands and personal items cleaned and disinfected. While these will be available for your use at any time, please be reminded that the CDC recommends proper hand washing with soap and hot water for 30 seconds over the use of hand sanitizer.
    • Couches have been removed and other furniture set up to help maintain safe distancing for all guests. We ask that you please refrain from moving any furniture in common areas.
    • All guest room sheets, blankets, and towels are laundered in-house, using professional cleaning equipment, commercial laundry detergent, and bleach to disinfect. High-touch surfaces will be disinfected twice during the cleaning process.
    • To keep your room as germ free as possible, we will not be performing daily tidies during your stay. You should have enough toilet paper and other amenities for the number of days you are registered. Trash and soiled linens you would like removed from your room may be placed outside your door after breakfast each morning. Our floating housekeepers will take care of removing those items. Should you need any extra items during your stay, please contact the front desk by dialing “0”.


    Most of the dining restrictions put in place by the state of Maryland during the pandemic have been lifted. We are still limited in how we serve food from buffets. Food preparation continues to follow or exceed all Maryland health department regulations.

    Our food service team is cleaning high-traffic areas, workstations, and equipment more than required using CDC and EPA approved food-grade cleaner and sanitizer. All food service staff are required to wash their hands and change their gloves between each task or every fifteen minutes when doing the same task.

    • Current regulations do not allow for self-serve buffets unless the food is packaged in a grab-and-go style. Therefore, our staff will serve you many of the menu items at lunch and dinner from the buffet. Other items will be packaged or plated individually for quick pick- up.
    • For those guests dining in the Water’s Edge Dining Room, meals will be served on plates and utensils will be available on the buffet line or at your table. Beverages will be self-service from the beverage stations in the dining room.
    • We are asking all guests eating in the dining room to help us by throwing their trash into the large containers throughout the dining room and by bringing their dishes to the table setup in the front of the dining room when they are finished eating.
    • Guests who are not ready to dine indoors may ask the servers for to-go containers and may use the outdoor seating available in the tent on the shuffleboard courts. Drinks will still be self-serve from the beverage stations in the dining room and carriers are available.
    • Due to the way meals are being served, we will be offering a simplified menu. Breakfast will be continental, grab-and-go style with fresh fruit, yogurt, assorted pastries, and boiled eggs. Hot and cold cereals, milk, juices, and coffee will also be available.
    • Hot food items will be served for lunch and dinner along with a salad and dessert items. Peanut butter and jelly kits will be available at all meals as well as kid-friendly entrees at lunch and dinner.
    • We are happy to accommodate special diets including gluten-free, low-sodium, low-sugar and basic vegetarian. You are welcome to bring your own food if you have more restrictive needs.
    • As always, our Front Desk has a variety of candy and snacks available and our drink vending machines will be stocked.
    • Complimentary coffee will continue to be available 24 hours each day. The coffee machine will be cleaned and disinfected regularly throughout the day.
    • The Snack Shop will be temporarily relocated to the Kalbach Welcome Center and will offer a limited menu.


    Unstaffed outdoor activities such as disc golf, basketball, volleyball, shuffleboard, mini golf and tennis will be available. You may disinfect equipment with the wipes provided at each activity, or sign equipment out from the front desk that has been disinfected for you. If you would prefer not to use shared equipment, you are welcome to bring your own.

    • Palmer activity center will be open each day.
    • Adventure activities will continue to have age limits and require waivers.
    • The marina will be open Memorial Day through Labor Day (see the CampersApp for specific times), with canoes, kayaks,  paddle boats, etc. available for use, weather permitting. If you would prefer not to use shared equipment, you may also bring your own United States Coast Guard approved Type II or Type III life jackets.
    • Our main pool complex will be open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Towel service at the pool will be unavailable during the summer months. Please pack towels for you and/or your family to use at the pool. Please see the CampersApp for specific times.

    Updated 6.28.2021