What to Expect
In order for Star Island to implement necessary health and safety restrictions, we will need to restructure many activities. Our proposed protocols are designed to reduce risk while still enabling us to connect with one another and the island in a meaningful way.
• Conference leaders are re-envisioning workshops, lectures, youth programs, performances, and other activities so that they can happen outdoors, or in some cases indoors with appropriate spacing and other precautions.
• Dining will be modified to provide outdoor seating whenever possible, and indoor dining with appropriate spacing and other precautions.
• There will be fewer conferees and employees on the island to accommodate these changes.
• We also anticipate some services we normally offer, such as our massage program and hall monitoring services, will not be offered in 2021.
Caring for One Another
Every person who comes to Star Island will play an important role in keeping our community safe. Looking out for one another is what we do, and there has never been a time where this is more important than now.
For those that are fully vaccinated (2+ weeks after final dose): Masks and social distancing will not be required outdoors (but are still required indoors and while boarding/disembarking the ferry)
For those that are fully vaccinated: COVID-19 testing prior to arrival will not be required
For those that are fully vaccinated: Proof of vaccination will be required
For those that are not fully vaccinated (including children): Individuals must either be distanced 6’+ or wearing a mask when outdoors
For those that are not fully vaccinated (including children): Proof of a recent (within 72 hours) negative PCR test result will be required (please reach out to our island medical team at FAS@starisland.org if you would like assistance lining up a test)
All overnight guests MUST either provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test result in order to board the ferry to Star Island.
Recognizing that Star Island is a public/congregate setting, and that there will be unvaccinated people on island this summer (including children), masks will remain mandatory for everyone (regardless of vaccination status) when indoors and while boarding/disembarking the ferry.
• Everyone is expected to follow all relevant health guidelines and regulations, including travel/quarantine requirements
• All employees and overnight guests age 16 and up are expected to be fully vaccinated (2+ weeks after final dose) against COVID-19 prior to coming to Star Island, and to furnish proof of vaccination (e.g. your Vaccination Record Card). If this poses a challenge/issue for you, please reach out to our medical staff at FAS@starisland.org. UPDATE: Children 12-15 years old are expected to be fully vaccinated (2+ weeks after final dose) against COVID-19 in time for their conference as they are able and to furnish proof of vaccination (e.g. their Vaccination Record Card). We understand this may not be possible for everyone (e.g. some may have received only one vaccine dose before arriving to the island).
Day visitors will be required to follow relevant health and safety protocols. In order to keep day visitors separated from conferees and employees, we expect to designate specific areas for their use. Day visitors will not be permitted in most buildings or on porches.
Other Health & Safety Protocols
• The number of conferees will be limited, and we will have fewer employees.
•People from the same household, regardless of vaccination status, may share a room on Star Island.
•People who are fully vaccinated (2+ weeks from last dose) may share a room, even if they are from different households.
•People who are fully vaccinated may share a room with people who are unvaccinated (provided that those who are unvaccinated are from the same household, and as long as none of the unvaccinated people are at risk for severe illness or live with someone who is).
• Every person (regardless of vaccination status) should make a plan for the possibility of leaving the island early that is relevant to their situation. Learn more here.
• Most conferences taking place prior to August 28 will be one night shorter in duration creating a “gap night” with no overnight guests between conferences to allow adequate time for ventilation and disinfection.
• Bathrooms and showers will be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis throughout the day and evening.
• We will limit the number of shower times available and schedule shower times for members of the same household or pod of island roommates.
• Any person exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms on island will be given a rapid test and required to isolate in their guest room or a designated on-island isolation area, or to leave the island, depending on the situation.
• For the safety of our employees, a number of additional protocols will be in place, such as frequent testing throughout the season.
For conferences with a start date prior to August 28: Registration is now open. Due to capacity limitations, conferences will not confirm registrations for acceptance until after May 1.
For conferences with a start date of August 28 or later: Registration is now open. We anticipate knowing more information about the state of the pandemic by this date, which will help shape the September schedule and might alter some of our health and safety protocols for these conferences.
Due to anticipated limited overnight capacity, we are asking that people only register for a conference if they feel it is likely they will attend. Please help out your fellow Shoalers by not registering if you are unlikely to attend (as you might box out somebody else).
Cancellation Policy: We recognize that this is an evolving situation and that some people may want to cancel after they’ve registered. We have a forgiving, low stress cancellation policy this year. You may cancel up to the day before the conference starts and will receive a full refund.
Financial Grants: We understand that the circumstances of this past year may make a stay on Star a financial strain for some people. To help support our Star Island family, we have increased funding for Financial Grants and encourage people who may need aid to apply. This is a confidential process. Please apply here after you register for your conference. For conferences with a start date before August 28, please apply by May 1. For conferences starting on or after August 28, please apply by July 1.
Discounts: We will not be offering a discount program in 2021 (though we anticipate doing so again in 2022). For people who would have qualified to receive a discount in 2020 under a multi-year discount (such as the Former Pelican and You Will Come Back! discount programs), you may apply for this discount by emailing Mike Bray, Island Registrar, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit for the Day: People are invited to come to Star Island as a day visitor this summer. More information will be available by June 1.
Our plans will evolve as the situation changes, and we will continue to keep you updated. We anticipate you will have questions, and we want to hear from you. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page. You can also reach out to Mike Bray at email@example.com.
Thank you for your trust, patience, and care for our Spirit’s Home!