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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.

We strongly encourage all Fellows to be vaccinated. If you have been fully vaccinated, please send an image of your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card via email to with “Vaccination Card” as the subject.

Monitor your health

While you may be a carrier and asymptomatic, 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

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

  • Use masks in shared indoor spaces if you are unvaccinated.
  • Practice physical distancing.
  • Practice hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.
  • Use masks in indoor public spaces while visiting Amherst, Lynchburg, Sweet Briar College, or any locations outside of VCCA, even if you are vaccinated.


The very nature of a residency experience can be fairly isolated. Please limit the frequency and duration of trips off the VCCA grounds. 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 prevalence of vaccinations, Fellows may invite visitors to VCCA. Unvaccinated visitors must wear a mask when indoors. VCCA welcomes guests for meals but does not allow overnight guests. If you wish to have a guest for a meal, please inform the kitchen and the office at least 48 hours in advance. Charges for guest meals (Breakfast $5.00, Lunch $7.00, Dinner $10.00) are payable by credit card in the VCCA Office.

We encourage all Fellows to keep their distance from others, especially during their first week of residency.

COVID Testing

Unless you have proof of full vaccination, we require that Fellows follow the CDC guidelines for after travel: “Get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel AND self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.”

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, you will be required to quarantine in your bedroom and studio for ten days with no interaction with other Fellows and staff. Meals will be brought to your room.


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 staff will not enter your studio after your arrival. There is a bed in each studio. Fresh linens for your studio will be provided upon request.

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

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.
  • Any non-vaccinated 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 July 28, 2021