COVID-19 Response

August 3, 2021

The Bishop’s Ranch is currently open and hosting all groups. If you have a reservation this fall, we are looking forward to hosting you.

To ensure the safety of all our guests, the Ranch follows the most recent guidelines and mandates issued by federal, state, and local authorities.  

As of Tuesday, August 3, 2021, the county of Sonoma ordered that face coverings be worn, regardless of vaccination status, in all indoor public settings. This includes, but is not limited to, Swing Pavilion, St John’s Meeting House, The Chapel of St George, Graupner Meeting Room, Ranch House Public Area, and the Refectory.  Face coverings are not required in the privacy of the Ranch’s sleeping accommodations. This order will continue, as updated, until the County Health Officer rescinds, supersedes, or amends it in writing.

Frequently Asked Questions

What additional measures is the Bishop’s Ranch taking?

  • We are continuing to offer both indoor and outdoor dining options.
  • We are encouraging all guests to be vaccinated. We realize that is not possible for some individuals and children under 12. In those cases, we are encouraging retreat organizers to request a negative test from participants in advance of coming to the Ranch. 
  • Sharing lodging rooms is part of the Bishop’s Ranch experience. You must be vaccinated to share a room with someone outside of your immediate household. Please contact your retreat organizer to make arrangements for private accommodations (very limited availability) if you are unvaccinated.
  • We encourage each guest to do a well-check each morning while at the Ranch in order to rule out any COVID-19 symptoms. Thermometers and symptom checklists are available upon request.
  • We have rapid tests available in case any guest develops symptoms while at the Bishop’s Ranch. Guests who develop symptoms or test positive will be required to quarantine and seek professional medical advice on next steps.
  • We continue to provide hand sanitizer and practice frequent and thorough cleaning protocols.

Where can I learn more about coronavirus? 

What can I do to protect myself and others?

  • Currently, the best way to protect yourself and others is to get vaccinated.
  • Masks, social distancing, and moving activities outdoors are other great ways to help prevent the spread.

Do you have any suggestions for how to safely worship and celebrate Holy Communion during this time?

  • The latest guidance from the Diocese of California can be found here.
  • The Chapel of St. George community continues to worship weekly online at 9:30 am and offers a hybrid in-person and online gathering once a month. Contact our Chaplain for a schedule and link to the online gathering.

How will the Bishop’s Ranch communicate updates in COVID-19 Policy?

  • Relevant updates will be posted on this section of our website. If there are specific policies or procedures that uniquely impact your group, our Reservations Coordinator will contact you.

What About Summer Camp?

  • See our Summer Camp 2021 COVID-19 Protocols here. We consider it a great success that we had 100% vaccination rate for camp staff and campers at our youth overnight camps this year and no known cases of COVID-19. Thank you campers and families for getting vaccinated and following our protocols! We’re looking forward to Summer Camp 2022!

What if I have other questions?

  • Should you have any questions or concerns about an upcoming retreat please contact John Koch, Assistant Executive Director at john@bishopsranch.org or Leda Wagner, Reservations Coordinator at reservations@bishopsranch.org.  
    We look forward to your visit!