Montreat Conference Center Statement on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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Updated as of 4 p.m. April 24

NOTICE: In accordance with North Carolina Governor Cooper’s new executive order, all Montreat Conference Center recreation facilities will remain closed to the public until May 8, 2020. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • all Montreat Trails
  • Robert Lake Park and park pavilion
  • Welch Field
  • Moore Center Field
  • Dowd Green
  • Patricia Cornwell Tennis Center

Please note that there are NO public restrooms open in Montreat at this time.


Updated as of 10:30 a.m. March 30

NOTICE: In accordance with North Carolina Governor Cooper’s executive order, all Montreat Conference Center recreation facilities will remain closed to the public until April 29, 2020.


Updated as of 3:30 p.m. March 26

NOTICE: In accordance with the Buncombe County “Stay Safe, Stay Home” order and under direction of government and health officials, all Montreat Conference Center recreation facilities will be closed to the public from Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 8pm until Thursday, April 6, 2020 at 6am. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • all Montreat Trails
  • Robert Lake Park and park pavilion
  • Welch Field
  • Moore Center Field
  • Dowd Green
  • Patricia Cornwell Tennis Center

Please note that there are NO public restrooms open in Montreat at this time.


Updated as of 1 p.m. March 18

Montreat Conference Center continues to monitor the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 infections across the country, even as the first diagnosis in Western North Carolina was reported this week.

Over the last few weeks we have adjusted programming, policies and procedures, taking into account the guidance of state and national authorities. As conditions have worsened, we have taken steps to protect our staff and constituents: events have been postponed and rescheduled; staff members have adopted new work habits and practices; and our board has approved a plan that provides flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances.

We expect to continue operations throughout. At this time, we are planning no major changes to curtail our ability to carry out our ministry at full strength as soon as conditions permit. Right now, of course, we don’t know when that turn will come; we just know that it will come.

Of course, we will continue to monitor the recommendations of the Buncombe County Health Department, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). We will continue to post updates in this space and elsewhere as we move forward.

Finally, we offer continued prayers to all whose lives have been disrupted over the past few weeks, and especially to the growing numbers dealing directly with a COVID-19 diagnosis.


Updated as of 12 p.m. March 16

Montreat Conference Center continues to monitor developments of the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Here is what we know:

We are adjusting our programming, policies and procedures, however, taking into account the guidance of state and national authorities.  

If you would like to know more on the situation in North Carolina, see “Facts on the Ground” below.

We are asking guests to do the following:

  • If you are not well, please stay home.
  • If you have recently visited any places on the restricted travel list, please stay home.
  • Follow all recommended protocols listed below.

What we’re doing:

Montreat Conference Center already takes multiple precautions to promote a healthy and safe environment on our campus. We are, however, stepping up efforts in many ways:  

  • Communicating directly with group leaders on the health of incoming guests.
  • Providing extra hand sanitizer stations around campus and in our dining room.
  • Providing extra antibacterial hand soap in our restrooms.
  • Evaluating gathering space and encouraging social distancing.
  • Redoubling already diligent efforts to sanitize rooms and public areas.
  • Taking extra precautions in food service, both at serving stations and at the table.

In addition, we are taking steps to encourage the welfare of our employees who, like our guests, are regularly instructed to observe and support the steps above.  

We will continue to monitor the recommendations of the Buncombe County Health Department, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). We will post updates as we move forward.

Finally, we wish to keep all of those in our prayers who have been affected by the Coronavirus.

Facts on the ground:

Steps to prevent illness

NC Governor News Feed

Buncombe County Health and Human Services

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