Current COVID related policies 2/19/2022
Seasons at Magnolia requests all visitors perform an at home self-check for symptoms prior to coming to our B&B and Venue. If you are sick, have recently been sick or have been around someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or any contagious virus, please reschedule your visit with us. If you are scheduled to attend an event here, we ask you do the same and consider the risks of unnecessary infection of others.
Once here, guests are asked to use the hand sanitizing stations at all of our entrances as well as outside of our public restrooms. We also ask guests to be considerate of others and, if not wearing a mask, to keep a reasonable space between yourself and those around you.
Please know we respect all vaccine and mask policy emotions that we encounter being a hospitality spot in Maryland. We will not turn you away if you are not vaccinated nor if you don't want to wear a mask. Likewise, we welcome all vaccinated and mask wearing guests too. It is unfortunate that a statement like this needs even be mentioned but division amongst the likes of friends and families over these very matters is widening its snare. Don't get caught in that battle. Come and relax amongst family and friends here at Magnolia.
Increased Risk for COVID Omicron Variant 1/11/2022
As our world is facing new COVID risks associated with the emergence of new strains, many are asking bout face masks, symptom checks and proof of vaccine or negative tests at wedding events.
Seasons at Magnolia is in Carroll County, Maryland. Currently there is not a mandatory mask policy for businesses in Carroll County, thus clients and their guests may be mask free however Seasons at Magnolia encourages safe and responsible self-governance of our staff, clients and their guests while at the venue and B&B. If you have been ill, have felt symptoms, been exposed or are recovering from any form of COVID, the flu or even a common cold; which is also contagious, please stay home or wear a mask and wash and hand sanitize when at our venue.
Our staff are vaccinated, boosted, test negative and do not work if symptomatic.
COVID-19 and It's Variants 12/06/2021
With at least 3 variants of COVID-19 being experienced here in the US, it is reasonable to say this is a formidable virus, unrelenting and impactful to some of our population. The challenge is - no one knows exactly who it will impact or how and because of this, Magnolia remains diligent about our protocols that serve to mitigate unnecessary risks. We offer complimentary face masks to all who visit here. We maintain an "in mansion" policy that if you are not a registered guest, a face mask should be worn while inside visiting our guests.
The current variants that seem to be on the radar of concern for the CDC are the Delta and Omicron, because of their higher transmissibility and potential impact to those who become infected. At Magnolia we will not treat any of the new mutations differently than the original, so if a person is infected with COVID-19 regardless of the strain, we cannot allow that person to be on property.
In the case of a staff member contracting the virus (which HAS happened), we do not allow them to be on property and do not allow them to work until symptom free and with a negative PCR test result. When notified of exposure or worse, a positive case, we have all exposed staff get tested and their return to work requires a negative test or 10-day isolation period with zero symptoms. We err on the side of caution for your safety and for ours.
Clients are expected to understand that this policy of national health consideration may result in our venue being short staffed or using departmental staff to accomplish the team goal by jumping out of their typical role and into a different role needing help on any given day. We have everyone's enjoyment, comfort and safety in mind and will always do our best to manage our team and your guests to ensure such can be a part of your special day or stay.
Winter is Coming & COVID-19 is still around. Current Policies & Efforts.
COVID-19 remains a part of our daily lives and at Magnolia we respect it's lingering presence as it has changed operations, costs, staffing and even client behaviors.
Masks at Magnolia
Masks are not required outdoors at Magnolia but we certainly respect those who wish to wear them even when outside. Guests may request a mask from Magnolia if they find upon arrival they'd feel more comfortable with one do not have one of their own. The masks supplied are intended for single use and are disposable. We are happy to provide overnight guests with more than one mask so they may have a fresh / clean mask for the next day.
When indoors, we encourage guests wear masks when around people they do not know or know but do not live with. This however is not a policy. This is a personal choice.
Staff and Masks at Magnolia
Staff at Magnolia may or may not have masks on when guests are present on the property. Staff is screened with vigilance prior to EVERY event and work schedule. Though it can pose inconvenience to the business or a staff challenge for events, Seasons Hospitality Group and thus Seasons at Magnolia will send home, any staff that report exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, show symptoms of COVID-19 infection or refuse a test to verify no infection. We at Seasons understand the frustrations of the result in sending home or reducing staff however we have an obligation to the greater good to mitigate any risks for needless and avoidable exposure and ultimately transmittal of this unpredictable virus.
Staff at Seasons are Vaccinated. We do not require that guests be vaccinated and at this time are not requiring negative test results for guests to be on the property.
Clients hosting events may request and or require their own guests provide proof of vaccination or negative COVID - 19 test results to attend their function. If available, Seasons staff will check credentials provided by guests on behalf of our clients but this is not a function of any contract and should not be expected should staffing not be available - even if last minute.
Contract Tracing | Infection
Should a positive case of COVID - 19 be discovered at Seasons, a manager or representative of Seasons will reach out to the staff and hosting client to notify all those potentially impacted. Seasons bares no responsibility should anyone become infected as a result of attending an event or staying at Season's property.
COVID-19 Delta Variant and how it impacts Magnolia's Visitor Policies. 8/5/2021
State of Emergency in Maryland has been lifted fully. Life Begins to return to almost normal. 7/01/ 2021
Effective May 15th, 2021 Social Distancing Mandates Lifted in MD.
Leave the Masks for Indoors - Outdoors is Mask Free! 5/1/2021
As of May 3rd, the State of Maryland has updated the COVID safety protocols allowing mask free experiences outdoors. It is recommended people still be conscious of logical social distancing but are no longer required to wear masks when outside.
While indoors, mask are still required unless in a private home, with family or people whom you live with. Masks are not required in open air settings such as pavilions or outdoor restaurant dining.
As more and more people receive the vaccine, the comfort level of those around you will increase; it should be reminded however that the vaccine does not protect a person from getting the virus nor from spreading it if they do contract it. Vaccinated people can expect to have milder to no symptoms if they contract the virus. For this reason, Seasons at Magnolia will continue our temperature check stations at the entrance of every event and will continue having our staff use facemask when serving guests while at our venue.
Pandemic almost under control... introducing The Year of The Cicada!
Soooo people could not help themselves... they asked the question, "what's next???" And the answers were sort of funny; but held an element of worry behind the undertone of humor. Dinosaurs will return? An asteroid will hit earth? Maybe a zombie apocalypse will occur from the Vaccine. We assure you we have heard it all. But BUGS??? Who would have said, BUGS! Well, entomologists surely would have and in fact did - 17 years ago - the last time these Cicada visited our area. And now... they are expected to return this Spring.
Couples are beginning to hear the "buzz" about the insects and panic is back invoking almost the same anxieties and stress as the Pandemic did last Spring. So, Seasons at Magnolia is addressing it now - before these uninvited guests arrive and demand a seat at your wedding.
When are the CICADAS expected to arrive in Carroll County, MD? Obviously there is not an actual RSVP for these "adorable" wedding crashers, but science has a best guess.
ARRIVAL: Approximately May 9th - 16th (ish). Now, that doesn't mean chaos and mayhem strikes on May 9th. This just means these little buggers may make a debut around this date.
CICADA SONG: Part of the Cicada's gift is their Songs. They serenade and they are loud - no one will be wondering if they just heard one... they are a traveling orchestra and this concert is expected to begin around May 16th - lasting until as late as June 20th.
END OF CICADA: Its a rough life for the Cicada as the end of their song is also the end of their lives. They are anticipated to be gone for another 17 years around June 6th - 20th.
But as we jest about the "lovely Cicada" - we know full well most of our couples are not excited to have this particular band of insects present on their wedding days. Especially given most of our couples seek to host their weddings and receptions outdoors under our gorgeous old trees and twinkle lights. We know this Spring's visitors are far from a Pandemic but we recognize this may feel similar as for some it is evoking extreme stress and anxiety that is unrelated to the typical wedding planning process or relationship.
Seasons at Magnolia Manor will allow our couples to move their date to a new date in 2021 (based on availability) if your date falls between the anticipated Cicada dates of May 9th and June 20th. We cannot guarantee what dates you will have as options to move to but we will agree to look. If we do not have a date that meets your liking, we will still make every effort to mitigate stress that may come of the Cicada. Use of our indoor banquet room and our tents are options that carry no additional cost. We will offer what we can. Contact your coordinator to discuss if you would like to look at options. The sooner you reach out, the more options you will have.
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2021 What are the Mandates & Capacity Rules today? 2/1/2021
Our Last 2020 Update - Happy Holidays
We've come to the end of a strange but still beautiful Season at Magnolia
Dec. 24th, 2020
Thanksgiving 2020 and Beyond
The Holiday Season at Magnolia Nov. 27, 2020
State of Maryland Road to Recovery Setbacks
How they effect Your Wedding and Event plans at Seasons at Magnolia Nov. 18, 2020
Oct. 1, 2020 - State of Maryland Status w/ Phase 3 - Road to Recovery
Unrelated guests in closed building areas must keep masks on while moving about the room but may be mask free while dining at a table. Guests living in the same household / related may occupy indoor spaces without masks both walking about and while dining.
July 29, 2020 - State of Maryland Update on COVID-19
Congratulations to our most
recently married Magnolia couples!
Weddings, Birthdays, Showers and More (Updated 7/21/20 11:03)
Subtle details and precautions to ensure you and your quests are safe and sound amidst nature at Magnolia. (Updated 6/15/20 09:24)
WE ARE OPEN AND WANT YOU TO KNOW - WE CARE ABOUT YOURS AND YOUR GUEST'S HEALTH AND SAFETY!
At Magnolia we have ALWAYS maintained a very vigorous cleaning schedule and worked to maintain a healthy environment for our guests and our staff. Now with CDC guidelines to help ensure what we always did was and is still enough, we are happy to introduce some added layers to protect our guests and our staff from avoidable risks.
Guests and Staff are all asked to partake in temperature checks as well as are asked to be forthcoming with symptoms and agree to put our wedding couple's memorable day ahead of their desire for an amazing free meal ha ha. We know how hard it is to pass up Taste of Life Catering BUT, we want everyone to be able to return again one day for more so... we hope people will help out!
Upon arrival every person is checked from their car for fever and visually for other symptoms such as coughing or noticeable sickness. No one needs to exit the vehicle - we do this with a no touch temperature scan and a trained staff member. Once we determined there are no obvious symptoms you are permitted on property. We know this does not work for asymptomatic people but we are doing all we can to minimize risks. There is no way to remove them and allow guests to visit Magnolia so this is our best effort. If you are not feeling well, know you have an illness of any sort, please do not come. Not because you don't want to share in the special events here but because you care about the people hosting them.
When you are on the property you will find our staff and the staff of the Catering company will be wearing masks when directly working with guests or serving food. Guests are asked to wear masks whenever inside our buildings and to please use the provided hand sanitizers at each door way, before opening the door and entering.
Our bathrooms are stocked and cleaned often for your comfort, safety and care.
Our guest rooms / Bridal Suite and Groom's lounge are sanitized before and after every use and cleaned frequently during use. This involves wiping down surfaces, door knobs and clearing trash often. We want your stay to be private and enjoyable but staff will be around to ensure cleanliness is a priority.
Food at Magnolia is provided by a separate catering company called Taste of Life. The efforts taken by Taste of Life match those of Magnolia and consider health and wellness a priority too. The preparation and service of your food is done by staff that have been checked to be sure they are not symptomatic and then further take the precaution of using masks and gloves. We no longer host guest approachable buffets. Instead the catering company prepares the buffets to allow guests to have a wide selection of foods and "seconds" if desired but their meals are taken as an order by a serving staff who then takes the order to the "Buffet Kitchen" where their plates are dressed with the specific wishes of each guest. We have found this to be a wonderful middle of the road solution for those who look forward to all Taste of Life offers on an event day. The buffets are visible from a distance but in the event a guest does approach the food, it is further protected by glass barriers between the onlooker and the food.
Bars at Magnolia now have cocktail servers roaming among the crowd and of course table service is happening too. We mitigate congregating at the bar where crowds can develop as people "hang out," by having a team of servers take drink orders and deliver them to our guests. If a guest does approach our bars, they may be served but it is from behind a glass partition to avoid exposure in either direction. We encourage all guests to take advantage of our cocktail service.
Something old, Something new... This is COVID, not the Flu! (Updated 6/10/20 04:43)
We have all heard the wedding poem, "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue... "
This year though, "Something New" isn't quite what the authors originally had intended. Or is it?
As "Something New" has been explained in this traditional poem, it has been said this specific line represents optimism for the couple's future. So, needless to say, recent days have challenged this poem defiantly; with a pandemic looming in the shadows - everywhere we turn, it is not uncommon for people, especially engaged couples who have had to postpone their weddings - to feel despair and hopeless frustration about the future because for many is seems so uncertain. Not surprisingly though, we have another take on this and the current state our world is in.
Something new - is indeed representing optimism for engaged couples future. While we are facing an undeniably, unprecedented time with social limitations, health risks, emotional and physical challenges; we are also seeing creativity, perseverance and LOVE. We are witnessing strength being lent out to friends, co-workers and neighbors, borrowed by loved ones and secluded strangers we have never even met. We are seeing heroes who have always been hidden and learning the power of the mighty who's might has often done unnoticed. We have returned to problem solving as convenience has been swiftly taken away and for our engaged couples, we have seen love carry each other over the threshold in a whole "old but new" way.
The optimism for our future is nothing can keep us down forever and our couples prove that every day. Love will always find a way. If COVID is a "can we handle marriage?" test, Our couples have all earned a rosounding "A". Marriage has more than a few challenges in store for every couple these days but those who survived COVID - definitely have a lead in advantage! So here's to "Something New." COVID, we beat you!
Photocredit: Johnna Yonkers
INCH BY INCH! CLOSER TO HOSTING EVERYDAY! (Updated: 6/04/20 01:50)
ROADMAP TO OPENING MAGNOLIA! (Updated: 5/16/20 22:00)
MARYLAND STRONG - ROADMAP TO RECOVERY
(Updated 5/5/20 23:50)
(Updated 5/5/20 23:50)
We have always had Room's with a View...
Now we have Room for the best Views on your Wedding Day!
Now we have Room for the best Views on your Wedding Day!
The owners of Magnolia took to the grounds today to show that nothing stops the witnessing of love on a wedding day. Not Rain, Snow, Sleet or even Social Distancing. We learned today that we can expand our seating area even wider than we ever did before, we can have unobstructed views and it looks so beautiful!
Just remember, when the time comes, Magnolia has been anxiously awaiting for your Wedding day too!
Re-Opening the US Economy
The Phases Ahead
(Updated 4/16/20 23:30)
What does it all mean for my wedding? Many are aware the the President and COVID 19 Task Force announced a plan to re-open the US Economy and Communities today. Many are also trying to sort out how the phases will work as it applies to wedding plans. Below is
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
COMMITMENT TO CONTINUED AND INCREASED GUEST SERVICES AND CARE
If you have a fever, flu like symptoms, a cough etc., it is recommended you make contact with a doctor and stay away from opportunities where you could spread any possible infection. This is called "self care" and "social distancing." Being proactive in your self care is again, by far, your best line of defense against contracting and spreading any virus / infection; including COVID-19.