COVID-19 Special Message

LOMC – COVID-19 NEWS – LOMC

Updated 12.31.2021

We’re Hard At Work In Ministry

General Updates

  • For all LOMC-led overnight programs (summer camp, retreats, etc.), participants must provide proof of full vaccination in order to attend. 
  • LOMC is a private retreat center.
    • We ask group leaders to take the safety of their group members seriously.
    • Best practice: vaccination and mask-wearing (when indoors).
    • As of the date above, we allow group leaders to make safety decisions regarding COVID-19.
    • LOMC staff will wear masks indoors when guests are present.
    • AT ANY TIME… local, state and federal mandates may change our policies. *EVEN after you make a reservation.
  • All of LOMC’s year-round staff are fully vaccinated.
  • The newer variants of COVID have created another opportunity to adjust to mask-wearing.
    • Please take vaccinations and mask-wearing seriously. We continue to monitor best practices to keep guests safe.
    • For all overnight accommodation facilities, we let leaders make decisions for their group regarding mask wearing and distancing.
      • Every group has different vaccination backgrounds, needs and comfort levels.
      • For dining areas you may be asked to wear a mask when not eating at a table.
      • Our LOMC staff will be wearing masks indoors when around guests.
      • ***We strongly recommend all groups **wear masks indoors** when not eating or sleeping (regardless of vaccination status).
  • No one should visit LOMC if you have symptoms, feel sick or been in close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Occupancy Restrictions 
    • Restrictions also depend on vaccinations within your group.
    • Tents and Freedom Tree Village are limited to one person per room/tent (except those from the same household).
    • Retreat Cabins (with bunks) are limited to no more than three per room (12 per cabin).
    • As it has been throughout the pandemic, many factors may change these totals at any time.
  • There are no current restrictions on out-of-state visitors.
  • Vaccination Requirement – NEW
    • A COVID vaccine is required for all overnight retreats and summer camps run and led by LOMC.
    • 2022 Summer campers (including day campers) will be required to have a COVID vaccine to participate.

CANCELLATIONS

  • We will not be holding overnight retreats for children and youth this fall in the Retreat Cabins due to the rise of COVID cases statewide and in our local, Ogle County.
  • LOMC board and staff made the decision to suspend summer camps until 2022.
  • Small groups, households and day groups can plan trips to LOMC today.

MEAL SERVICE

  • LOMC is again providing two tiers of meal service to guests.

DAY GUESTS/VISITORS
LOMC is closed to the general public to accommodate our guests:

Now is a great time to support LOMC in this unusual and challenging time. Financial difficulties are at their peak! Let’s work together to keep this precious ministry strong.

Our continued goal is to keep LOMC an outdoor sanctuary full of faith-filled experiences that connect us to God and each other. 

Air cleaners with UV light available for enclosed locations.

Hand sanitizer and other disinfectants in place.

UV light for area disinfection.

Electrostatic disinfectant sprayers available.

COVID SAFE

The basics as you lead your group at LOMC.

Sick? Stay Home.

Group leaders should check their participants before and during their stay for any symptoms of illness.

Keep Your Distance

Physical distancing (6ft. minimum) throughout your stay will reduce the risk!

Use Protective Equipment

Wear a face mask/covering at all times to reduce yours and others’ risk.

Wash Your Hands

Proper hygiene is a good practice ALL the time but washing hands after entering any building is just one practice that helps reduce risk. Don’t touch your face is another!

General Questions Answered