Like almost every other artist residency or presenting space in Maine and nationwide, Hewnoaks requires all residents in 2022 to be “fully up to date” on vaccines. Per CDC guidelines, we consider an individual fully up to date after their primary series of vaccinations and after they have received a booster shot. We are aware of certain rare medical conditions in which a booster would be contraindicated (e.g. an allergy to components of the mRNA vaccine solutions). Exceptions to our policy will be made on a case-by-case basis for those with a valid medical exemption from receiving a booster. Please contact the Executive Director at info@hewnoaks.org to discuss an exemption. The policy is subject to change as the public health picture evolves. 

Masking is encouraged in communal settings such as when dining together or sitting in the “community room,” the only room in which WiFi is accessible.

If any resident develops symptoms of COVID (coughing, fever, runny nose, etc.) while in residence, they must report immediately to residency personnel. A rapid antigen test, provided free of cost by Hewnoaks, will be administered. If the test is negative, the affected artist will be asked to wear a mask in the presence of others. A follow-up test 24 hours after the initial test will be mandatory. 

If you test positive for COVID, you will be asked to quarantine in your cabin and refrain from social contact until such a time as you can safely return home. Please contact the Executive Director to discuss travel arrangements back to your place of residence and/or any special considerations that may apply. 

This year, we will be hosting several large groups in our multi-bedroom cabin, Viking Court. Before being given access to the cabin, all members of those groups will be asked to take rapid antigen tests as a precaution. For that reason, we strongly recommend that all group participants self-test before they travel from home to Hewnoaks.

At Hewnoaks, we feel a sense of responsibility to protect the health of our entire community and remain committed to taking – and enforcing – sensible safety measures to ensure that end. The cooperation of all our residents artists in that effort is essential.