COVID-19 Health & Safety
Hollyhock is continually working to implement a safe, proactive, and appropriately scaled responses to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Keeping our guests, presenters, island community, and team members safe is our top priority.
We are also deeply aware that the repercussions of social isolation and disruption will be felt long after the pandemic is over, and are doing our best to stay strong through this so that we may be of service to our communities.
As we all navigate the complexity of this time, we offer friendship, open hearts, and clean hands towards collective resiliency. You can support us in this work here.
What does this mean for Hollyhock in-person programming in 2022?
We open for in person programs on April 19, 2022.
We are excited to welcome guests back to our Cortes Campus for programming and we will continue to follow the BC Health regulations with a priority to keep our guests and staff safe. Hollyhock will also continue to monitor and review communicable disease-related information issued by our British Columbia medical health officer. This includes orders, guidance, notices, and recommendations issued to us.
Frequently Asked Questions
Campus Safety Protocols
We have enhanced safety measures based on the latest health information, and are continuously updating our policies and practices in accordance with the BC Health Minister’s recommendations. Here are some of the measures we are taking:
- Appointed a Health and Safety Joint Committee.
- Daily sanitation of all frequent touch areas including gates, handles, light switches, fence posts, tables, and countertops using cleaners approved by Health Canada.
- Alcohol-based hand sanitizer provided throughout all campus areas where hand washing is not accessible
- BCCDC approved cleaners available in all restrooms and public areas
- BCCDC hygiene protocols posted in all bathrooms, offering advice on hand washing and other ways to stay safe
- Decals and posters promoting physical distancing
- See through protective barriers at registration desk, store check-out, and in the dining room
- Plated meals instead of our regular buffet
- PPE education for all staff
- Each person coming to Hollyhock on our remote Cortes Island is navigating unique concerns. If folks are at high risk or are concerned that they may be sick, they are supported in staying home.
Hollyhock does not require vaccination status from our guests. As of April 8, proof of vaccination is no longer required under public health order to access businesses, events and services in B.C.
Wearing masks in public indoor settings is not required by public health. Wearing a mask is a personal choice and it’s important that we respect the choices of one another.
Please check the latest mandates if you need to wear a mask when travelling by air and other federally regulated travel.
We care deeply about our staff and have a number of initiatives to support staff’s mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing.
We strongly encourage all of our employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and have implemented all safety measures required by Worksafe BC and the Provincial Health Office. Currently proof of vaccination status is not a condition of employment in British Columbia. We will continue to closely monitor the Provincial Health Orders for any changes.
Each guest will receive communication from Hollyhock prior to arrival providing the most up to date information on our arrival process
In our pre-arrival communications, we are asking guests to self-identify if they belong to a risk group for COVID-19; if yes, we ask that they postpone their travels until the risk period has passed. In general we ask you to arrive healthy.
Our delicious meals will continue to be served in the Lodge dining room and outdoor deck, as plated meals service rather than buffet style. The tea, salad and breakfast bar are all self serve.
If there is a suspected case of COVID-19 on the campus, we will implement our detailed safety plan with our campus Health & Safety Joint Committee in partnership with our North Island Health Officer and BC Health Care Support.
- Cortes Island has a Health Care Clinic with very limited resources for locals
- Campbell River is the closest hospital with full services
- Cortes Island provides Ambulance Service through 911
There are no capacity restrictions on indoor or outdoor gatherings and events.
Cancellations & Refunds
Please see our full Cancellation & Refund Policy.
- 25% discount on your room and meals package as a holiday or program guest in the same year (if applicable for the situation)
- Hollyhock credit for your deposit or keep your registration for the same program next year
- 100% refund
We aim to provide at least 2 weeks notice for in person programs, and reserve the right to cancel virtual programs anytime before the program start date. Some programs also have the option of running virtually if it is not possible to meet in person.
If you are registered for a program that we need to postpone or cancel for any reason, including because of COVID-19, we can provide you with a full refund.
Your business is really important to us, especially in this moment of uncertainty. If you are willing and able to turn your reservation into a credit that can be used for any of our services anytime in the next two years, we would be very grateful for your support. This will allow us to use these funds to offset the costs incurred by the impact of the pandemic.
The safety of our guests and employees is the most important to us. If you show COVID-19 symptoms before your arrival we recommend that you self isolate immediately and contact our front desk team at 1.800.933.6339 to discuss cancellation options.
Understandably, you may feel uncertain about booking future travel right now. We strongly urge all guests to carefully consider the cancellation policy on any reservation they make. We recommend checking travel advisories before you book your travel. Should the COVID-19 pandemic lead to local travel restrictions and Hollyhock has to cancel the program, no cancellation fees will be charged.
- We require a $395 non refundable deposit at the time of booking. If you cancel at least 14 days prior to arrival a $50 processing fee will be applied and the remaining balance becomes a Hollyhock credit available for two years.
- Reservations cancelled within 14 days will forfeit the entire deposit.
- See our full cancellation policy here.
We will notify all participants in advance of the program and give the option of transferring their deposit towards the virtual program tuition. Or we will provide you with a full refund.
If you have Hollyhock credit, you can use it towards any of our services within 2 years of the date of issue. This includes programs on campus, holidays, virtual program offerings, massages, meals, and in store purchases.
Yes, you can transfer your deposit to another person. We do require your permission to transfer your credit. Please call our front desk team at 1.800.933.6339 to arrange your transfer of credit.
COVID-19 Updates & Reflections
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