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The safety of our Fellows and staff is our top priority. VCCA will be following all CDC, state, and federal recommendations and guidelines as they evolve.

These guidelines are subject to change.

On your residency contract, you will be asked to agree to abide by VCCA COVID guidelines. Fellows refusing to abide by the guidelines will be asked to leave.

Requirements for Residency

A COVID-19 vaccination (and any CDC-recommended future booster) is required for any residency at VCCA. Exceptions may be made for those with verified health concerns or religious objections preventing vaccination; documentation is required as proof of vaccination or exemption.

Fellows arriving for residencies on or after October 1, 2021, are required to sign and return a COVID Waiver form no later than 14 days prior to arrival.

Please send a copy of your vaccination card and the signed waiver form to with the subject line “Vaccination Card and signed COVID waiver.” If you have verified health concerns or religious objections preventing vaccination, please send that documentation and the signed waiver to with the subject line “Reason for lack of vaccination and signed COVID waiver.”

Monitor your health

We ask that you stay home if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of COVID-19. We will work with you to reschedule your residency. If you develop any of these symptoms while at VCCA, please notify the office immediately.

  • Fever or chills
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches

If you learn that you have been exposed to COVID-19

Please contact VCCA immediately at and plan to delay your travel to VCCA until 14 days after exposure. We will work to reschedule your residency.

Traveling to VCCA

Please follow all CDC guidelines while traveling to VCCA.

  • Use masks.
  • Practice physical distancing.
  • Practice hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

More information available here.

Upon arrival at VCCA

  • Wear a mask and/or face covering while indoors at VCCA, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, unless alone in a closed room/studio or while eating.
  • Practice physical distancing.
  • Practice hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
  • We encourage all Fellows to keep their distance from others, especially during their first week of residency.
  • Please limit the frequency and duration of trips off the VCCA grounds. Use masks in indoor public spaces while visiting Amherst, Lynchburg, Sweet Briar College, or any locations outside of VCCA, even if you are vaccinated. Be sure to practice masking, physical distancing, and good hand hygiene when out in the Real World.


Each Fellow will be assigned a private bedroom with private, en-suite bathroom and individually controlled HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), as well as a private studio with individually controlled HVAC.

Given the rise of the Delta variant, visitors are not allowed in VCCA buildings at this time.

COVID Testing

If you are traveling to VCCA through transportation hubs (airport, train station, or bus station), we require that you get a COVID-19 diagnostic test 3–5 days after travel. We encourage you to get a molecular lab test (PCR/NAAT), which is considered more accurate than a rapid-result test.

Testing is available at the CVS pharmacy at 112 S Main Street in Amherst, just five minutes from VCCA, but it must be scheduled in advance. If you will not have a car, we recommend contacting Tabb’s Cab to schedule transportation for the test.

Registration for the test is available at Note that the ZIP code for Amherst is 24521. Be sure to answer “yes” to the question: “Are you a resident in a special setting where the risk of COVID-19 transmission may be high?” VCCA meets the criteria for a “group home” because of shared dining and living spaces. An affirmative answer here will allow you to be tested. You will be given an appointment for a test that is self-administered at the drive-through window of the Amherst CVS.

It can take two or three days to receive the results of the test. When you receive the results, please send a copy of the results to with “Test Results” as the subject.

A positive test

If you test positive, please contact immediately.


Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the common areas around the property.

Cleaning supplies will be provided in every bedroom and studio. Clean and sanitize your workspace and bathroom.

Housekeeping will enter and clean your bedroom unless you state otherwise. If you prefer that housekeeping not enter and clean your room, please let the office know. If you prefer that your room not be cleaned, you will be provided with clean linens and towels for your bedroom each week.

Laundry facilities are available for use by Fellows.

Between residencies, bedrooms and studios are aired out and cleaned thoroughly using enhanced cleaning protocols, based on CDC recommendations.

Food Services

Outdoor dining is strongly encouraged for all meals. We recommend the patio outside the Fellows Residence for breakfast and dinner. We encourage Fellows to eat lunch at the tables outside the Studio Barn or in their studios.

VCCA is pleased to partner with Meriwether Godsey Inc for its food services. A company committed to stewardship, reduced waste, and sourcing food locally, Meriwether Godsey has a great reputation for innovative menus and close attention to food sensitivities and allergies. The company partners with regional businesses and schools, including nearby Sweet Briar College.

From Meriwether Godsey:

Meriwether Godsey is committed to the health and safety of our communities. The dining staff is here to feed you, keep you safe & welcome you back! This is our promise to you – In partnership with local government and health officials, we are committed to the following policies and practices:

  • Dining Staff will make safety our number one priority through sanitation and safe food handling with increased vigilance.
  • Dining Staff will be monitored daily for wellness.
  • All Meriwether Godsey employees will wear face masks at all times, and all employees will practice heightened utilization and rotation of gloves.
  • All managers and supervisors are ServSafe certified and have completed COVID-19 training and certification.
  • All tables, chairs, and contact surfaces will be cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected regularly.
  • All service areas and seating areas will comply with state social distancing guidelines.
  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available to all guests and staff.

Kitchens at the Studio Barn

There are three kitchens at the Studio Barn available for use by Fellows. Each kitchen is furnished with a microwave, refrigerator, and cleaning supplies. The main kitchen in the Studio Barn also has a stove and dishwasher. Please place your dishes in the dishwasher for a fully sanitizing wash. The dishwasher will be run by the facilities staff each day.

Updated September 2, 2021