Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
March 18, 2020
Due to the newest recommendation from the CDC and the State of Colorado, SMC is canceling all programs through May 10th, and closing the land to all visitors. We are in the process of rescheduling most of these programs and contacting currently registered participants. If you are registered during that time frame you should receive a communication shortly.
The Great Stupa is also closed to visitors during this time.
We are prepared to run all programs currently scheduled after May 10th, but will make adjustments if new recommendations are made by the CDC or WHO.
The staff community living on the land at SMC are sheltering in place to protect the vulnerable members of our community.
We look forward to reopening and hosting you once it’s safe to do so. We hope you and your loved ones are well in this time of uncertainty and difficulty.
With love from the mountains,
The SMC Team
March 13, 2020
Like so many around the world, Shambhala Mountain Center is closely monitoring the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are deeply committed to the safety of our guests, teachers, and staff, and we are taking proactive measures both to protect the health of our guests and to do our part to help minimize the spread and impacts of the pandemic.
Currently, to our knowledge no SMC staff member or guest has experienced symptoms of COVID-19 or been exposed to the virus. We will update you if this changes. We will also continue to communicate about the health and government protocols we are following and actions we are taking to ensure your safety. We invite your help and understanding as we all work together to meet this crisis.
Virus Prevention at SMC
- We are monitoring updates and following guidance from the World Health Organization, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, and the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment.
- We have implemented protocols to regularly disinfect bathrooms, doorknobs, light switches, railings, and other commonly-touched surfaces, including those in our kitchen and dish room.
- We are providing hand sanitizer to our guests and staff and implementing hand washing protocols.
- We have asked staff members who feel unwell to stay home and avoid entering public spaces. Our paid sick leave policy ensures that employees stay home even at the earliest sign of illness.
What You Can Do
- If you’re not well: have any signs of fever, cough, or difficulty breathing; or have recently traveled to countries listed here, we ask that you stay home to safeguard your health and the health of others.
- Prior to and during your stay at SMC, adopt good practices such as:
- Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or elbow when coughing or sneezing;
- Frequently washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water;
- Apply sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol to your hands when soap and water are unavailable;
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands;
- Avoid handshakes and other physical contact.
- During your stay at SMC, let your program coordinator or other SMC staff member know if you experience any signs of illness.
Cancellation & Refund Policy
We understand that you may have concerns about attending an SMC program at this time. In order to promote a safe environment and support the wellbeing of all, we are relaxing our cancellation and refund policy.
If you cancel your registration based on illness, travel restriction, or concerns around coronavirus, we will refund any payment that you’ve made. In lieu of receiving a refund, you can continue to support SMC’s mission during these uncertain and challenging financial times by applying your payment or a portion of it to a future program or by donating to SMC. If you would like to donate all or part of your payment, we will gratefully provide a letter for tax purposes. Similarly, if your program is cancelled you will receive a full refund.
You can cancel your registration by emailing email@example.com. Thank you for your patience as we adapt to meet the needs of our guests and community.
We will update you as soon as we can if conditions change, if we learn that anyone at SMC has contracted or been exposed to COVID-19, or if your program is cancelled. If your program is cancelled while in progress, we will work with you to meet your needs. As always, travel to and from SMC is an individual responsibility.
With care from the mountain,
The Shambhala Mountain Center Team