How We Welcome and Host Guests During the Pandemic

Up-to-date as of January 18, 2022

Beginning Friday, Aug. 13, all people in Multnomah County will be required to wear a mask in indoor public spaces. Masks will be required, regardless of vaccination status, for all people 5 and older (2 years and older if tolerated).

As pandemic-related restrictions evolve, we update this page.

What does not change is our concern for every guest’s well-being. Also unchanging is our commitment to operate within guidelines of the Oregon Health Authority.

The following should help group leaders navigate the way forward with their group while visiting Menucha.  We realize that opinions and comfort levels vary widely.  Please be aware that we tend to err on the side of the safety of all our guests.

  1. We highly recommend that all guests have their Covid19 vaccination before arriving at Menucha.
  2. Participants in Menucha-sponsored in-person programs (for example: Scrap & Sew, Bluegrass in the Gorge, Ukulele Band Camp, Painting Workshops and so on) must show proof of vaccination and booster in order to attend. 
  3. We invite, and need, your cooperation and assistance in caring for one another

before you arrive

during your time here and

after you return home.


Before You or Your Group Arrive at Menucha

Monitor your health for the 14 days prior to the start of your event.

  • If an individual has been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with, tested for, or quarantined as a result of COVID-19, they should not attend your group’s gathering.
  • All participants in your event at Menucha should self-screen for the presence of symptoms of Covid-19 within the 14 days prior to the start of your event:

fever of 100.4 °F or greater
shortness of breath
muscle aches
new loss of taste or smell
sore throat


During Stay at Menucha

  • All guests, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks when inside our buildings. It is the group leader’s responsibility to ensure their participants follow this policy.
  • For the near future, all our meals will be plated by dining hall staff. Guests pick up their covered plates from the service window. Each table setting will be atop a tray so the guest may opt to stay and eat at the table or pick up their tray of food and move outdoors.   We will return to family-style meals at a future date.  Please do not congregate at the kitchen window or bussing stations.
  • Group Leaders must complete and submit via email, the Contact Tracing Information Form containing full contact information for each member of their group. Menucha is required to keep this information on file for 60 days in case the health department contacts us. This information will not be used for any other purpose and will be destroyed after 60 days.

After Stay at Menucha

  • Personal Retreat Guests and Group Leaders, please inform Menucha if anyone in your group is diagnosed with Covid-19 during the 14 days after their time at Menucha. We will share this information with staff and other guest groups who may have been exposed. Should Menucha staff members be diagnosed with Covid-19, we will inform those who may have had contact with them.

It is the responsibility of each group to operate in a manner that complies with current State of Oregon guidelines for public behavior. Groups or individuals within a group who are not following these guidelines or other guidelines as outlined on this page and in the written group orientation, will be asked to leave.  No refund will be given and the group will be responsible for any unpaid balance of their invoice.

If you have questions about these guidelines, please contact us at 503-695-2243 or