COVID-19: What To Expect On Overnight Trips with Glacier Guides and Montana Raft
BEFORE THE TRIP
Glacier Guides and Montana Raft advises all Guests that there are risks inherent to outfitted overnight and day rafting, hiking, fishing, and biking trips. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Glaciers Guides and Montana Raft advises guests that viruses such as COVID-19 exist indoors and outdoors, and that transmission is possible even when appropriate mitigation of risk is employed. A Guest’s decision to participate in an outfitted experience is theirs alone to make. Deciding to participate presents acceptance of these inherent risks, including the possible transmission of COVID-19 by the Guest.
Guests must make every effort possible to arrive at the start of the trip free of COVID-19, i.e. by abiding by CDC guidelines while in public before their trip and on the way to their trip. For example, following guidelines for air travel, when getting gas, and going to convenience and grocery stores.
Our staff and guides always put safety first, and are always prepared for emergencies. They hold varied certifications such as Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Food Safety, Bear Management training and beyond. In light of COVID-19, we’re adding a new layer of training for any health issues that come up during an event. Our team will vigorously monitor the health of all participants. Prior to the trip, Guests and staff members must be prescreened for health by Glacier Guides and Montana Raft. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (including but not limited to fever, shortness of breath, and cough) will not be allowed to utilize outfitted services. Prescreening can include a temperature check and questions on general health and travel history.
A guest or staff member will be removed from the trip if he or she has been in close contact with someone (within approximately 6 feet for more than 10 minutes) known to have COVID-19 within the 14 days prior to a scheduled trip.
A guest or staff member will be removed from the trip if he or she develops flu-like symptoms (a fever, cough, and shortness of breath) during the 14 days prior to a scheduled trip.
ON THE WAY TO AND FROM THE TRIP
Travel With Social Distancing
Preferably, we will meet Guests at the trip’s starting location. However, if transportation is required, everyone in the vehicle will wear a mask and the vehicle will be filled at or less than 50% capacity. Vehicle interiors will be cleaned and disinfected after each trip.
DURING THE TRIP
Social distancing must always be maintained on overnight trips. If social distancing is not possible, face masks will be worn.
We’re asking everyone to bring their two of their preferred face coverings for safety. While we won’t necessarily be requiring coverings while rafting, hiking, fishing, or biking, we ask that everyone wear one while traveling in a support vehicle. If you forget to bring a face covering, our staff will have limited quantities available on hand. This policy could change as the situation evolves.
We’ll also make every effort to have a generous supply of wipes and hand sanitizers on hand, but we ask that you bring your own as well. All surfaces will be wiped down on a regular basis.
Should a Guest become sick with COVID-like symptoms during a trip, we will have procedures in place to isolate them, and will contact local medical authorities and follow their advice. Our guides and staff will be trained to recognize the symptoms of COVID-19.
If a Guest or staff member develops flu-like symptoms during a trip, as per CDC guidelines, Glacier Guides and Montana Raft will socially distance the individual(s) from the rest of the group and any community items, disinfect any suspected items or areas of contamination, encourage them to wear a surgical mask (to help prevent the spread of their illness), and consult local agencies about the possibility of an evacuation.
Fishing – Maintaining a 6-foot social distance can be accomplished on float trips by having the front-seater fish while standing and the back-seater fish while seated. The guest area must be disinfected if guest moves to a different boat or location.
Hiking/Backpacking – Guests will be able to social distance on the trail and at campgrounds. In backcountry campgrounds, tents will be spaced so that Guests will be 6 feet apart or greater. We encourage even those Guests travelling in family units to alternate their sleep positions – head to toe, toe to head to further increase distance.
– For private day rafting or overnight rafting adventures, family groups or travel partners will be able to raft together. Face masks will be worn by guides.
– For non-private day rafting or overnight rafting adventures, smaller group sized travelers will be socially distanced from other travelers by taking seats in the front or back of the raft. They may also use inflatable kayaks or travel with the gear boat, if there is one. If social distancing is not possible, face masks will be worn by Guests and guides.
Guests should be encouraged to bring their own equipment and touch their own equipment only. If guide equipment is used, it must be disinfected after use. Social distance of 6 feet or greater will be maintained. If not possible, masks will be worn.
Glacier Guides and Montana Raft provides meals for overnight trips. Breakfast and dinner will be prepared by the cook(s) wearing a mask and gloves. In some cases, disposable plates and cutlery will be used. Meals will be placed on a neutral table by the cook to allow for social distancing style pickup. Guests will pick up plates one at a time and sit 6 or more feet apart. A bagged lunch will be provided after breakfast. Guests may bring their own personal snacks.
Bleach or other approved cleaning agent should be used to clean the lid, seat, and door (if there is one) before and after use. Wash hands after use for 20 seconds.