COVID-19 Response Plan
In efforts to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission, SKAT has taken or will be taking the following actions.
1) We’ve reduced the maximum number of participants on tours and plan a phased reopening to allow for any possible operational issues that arise to be resolved before return to normal operation. We plan to maintain reduced group size throughout the season.
2) Clear instruction will be given to all participants regarding social distancing practices and expectations at the start of every tour. Participants and guides are expected to maintain a distance of 6 feet whenever possible.
3) Face coverings are to be worn at all times while on shore by both participants and guides. While participants falling in the water is unlikely, face coverings must be taken off once on the water to prevent possible airway obstruction (a 6 foot minimum distance is to be maintained between boats while on the water). During a rescue scenario where a guide has to put themselves within a 6 foot radius of a participant, the guide will use a face covering.
4) Whenever possible tours have been scheduled so that there are never two tour groups on the shore at the same time.
5) All equipment (paddle, personal flotation device, kayak) to be used only by one participant and will be sanitized before and after tours using registered disinfectants.
6) Participants to keep all issued equipment with them or in their own boat during tour. At the end of the tour participants will leave personal flotation devices in their boats and bring their paddles to a “to be sanitized” pile for cleaning.
7) We continue to clean and disinfect all areas such as office, bathroom, and shared electronic equipment routinely.
8) At start of tours all participants will answer a questionnaire where they must state they have not knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19, tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days themselves, or have experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
9) All Storm King Adventure Tours employees will take their temperature at the start of every shift and will answer a questionnaire where they must state they have not knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID19, tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days themselves, or have experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
10) Employees who are alerted that they have come into close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19, or have been alerted via tracing, tracking or other mechanism, are required to self-report at the time of alert.
11) Participants who are alerted that they have come into close or proximate contact with a person with COVID-19, or have been alerted via tracing, tracking or other mechanism, are asked to notify SKAT.
12) In the event that a SKAT employee or participant tests positive, SKAT will notify the health department and all employees and participants who they may have come in contact with dating back to 48 hours before the worker began experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive, whichever is earlier, but maintain confidentiality as required by federal and state law and regulations.
13) SKAT will maintain records of all employees and participants present on our tours in efforts to assist in contact tracing should it become necessary.
14) If an employee has COVID-19 symptoms and either tests positive for COVID-19 or did not receive a test, the employee may only return to work after completing a 14-day self-quarantine.
15) If an employee does not have COVID-19 symptoms but tests positive for COVID-19, the employee may only return to work after completing a 14-day self-quarantine.
According to CDC guidance on “Symptoms of Coronavirus,” the term “symptomatic” includes the following symptoms or combinations of symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, or at least two of the following symptoms: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.