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Reopening Guidelines

The Grotto was cleared to open under the governor’s guidelines for reopening zoos, museums and gardens.

Hours of Operation

9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. daily

Admission to the Upper Gardens is sold until 7:30 p.m.

Please read on to learn about what to expect while visiting The Grotto.

Masks will be required to enter all inside spaces at The Grotto. This will include the Chapel of Mary, The Grotto Gift Shop, the Visitor Center, the elevator, St. Anne’s Chapel and the Meditation Chapel. While not required in the outdoor spaces, we ask that you please wear a mask at all times.

Please follow these basic guidelines when visiting The Grotto:

Wear a mask.
Sanitize hands.
Keep social distance of at least six feet.
Stay out of closed areas.
Follow instructions of our staff and volunteer guides.
Please do not enter the property if you are feeling sick.

Visiting The Grotto Gift Shop

The Grotto Gift Shop is currently open. Our employees are all wearing masks and practicing social distancing.

We have installed clear partitions at the registers.

We are cleaning and sanitizing beyond what is required in the governors guidelines for reopening retail shops.

We have placed distance markers to assist shoppers and staff.

We require that all customers maintain a minimum of six feet of distance between other shoppers.

Shoppers must sanitize hands before entering and shoppers must wear masks.

Maintaining Social Distance

All our visitors will be asked to maintain a minimum of six feet of social distance, with the exception of people from the same household.

We will have reminders posted throughout the grounds

Pathways

Some of our more narrow paths are now marked as one-way paths. Please obey the signs.

On our wider, two-way paths, please stay to the right as you pass other guests.

Please continue to maintain social distance.

Limited Numbers in Some Areas

Some areas of The Grotto, especially those which are indoors, have a temporary maximum occupancy based on social distancing requirements. This includes the Chapel of Mary, the Meditation Chapel, The Grotto Gift Shop, The Visitor Center, and the area directly in front of The Grotto.

Volunteers and staff will attend these areas to maintain safe occupancy. Please follow the guidance of these greeters.

We thank you for your understanding.

Visiting The Upper Gardens

Our scenic Upper Gardens will be open as of Friday, June 12.

Admission to the Upper Gardens can be purchased in The Grotto Gift Shop. We will not be using tokens or the turnstile at this time. Instead, you receipt will be your ticket; a greeter will be at the gate to usher you through. The gate will be open so you do not need to touch anything.

We ask that only groups from the same household ride in the elevator at the same time. If there is a wait for the elevator, we ask that you maintain social distance while waiting. Markers on the handrails going up the ramp will help assist you.

We have closed the stairs up to the elevator, and ask that everyone use the ramp so we have fewer handrails to keep clean.

Masks must be worn in the elevator. We thank you for your understanding.

Large Seating Areas Limited for Social Distancing

The pews in The Grotto Plaza, as well as those in the Chapel of Mary, have only every third row open for seating, to ensure physical distancing.

These areas will be sanitized regularly.

Visiting The Meditation Chapel

The Meditation Chapel will be open with limited capacity. A guide will be there to let you know if it is a good time to enter.

For the time being, we have removed the large chairs. There are still benches you may sit on in the Meditation Chapel, which will be cleaned regularly.

You must wear a mask in the Meditation Chapel.

We will bring the large, comfortable chairs back as soon as it is safe to do so.

Cleaning Common Areas

All common areas will be sanitized throughout the day. Our cleaning schedule exceeds the requirements set by the county and state. This includes all bathrooms, common areas, and frequently touched surfaces.

If you would like more detailed information, please email events@thegrotto.org and we will be happy to answer your questions.

Mass

Under the guidelines set by the Archdiocese of Portland, The Grotto continues to celebrate Mass on Sundays at 10 a.m. and noon in the Chapel of Mary. The guidelines include an attendance limit, and those attending must be registered in advance for contact tracing and crowd control. We can only sign up 21 people per Mass, so we ask that you please sign up for only one Mass per four week period.

Daily Mass is scheduled to resume on Monday, June 22, at noon in the Chapel of Mary.

You must wear a mask inside the Chapel of Mary.

Register to attend Mass by clicking here.