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COVID 19 Updated Procedures

All tours with Timberline Adventures through the end of 2021 will have additional considerations. The policies are outlined below.

Introduction:

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. In 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. WHO and public health authorities around the world are taking action to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. However, long term success depends on all sections of society, including businesses and employers, to take certain actions to help stop the spread of this disease.

How COVID-19 Spreads:

The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in many affected geographic areas.

Most people infected with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms and recover. However, some experience more serious illness and hospitalization is required. Risk of serious illness rises with age: people over 65 seem to be more vulnerable than those under 65. Individuals with certain health conditions, such as chronic lung disease, severe asthma, serious heart conditions, severe obesity, diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, and those who are immunocompromised are also more vulnerable to serious illness.

Timberline Adventure is committed to providing our guests with a safe and enjoyable environment during our hiking and cycling tours.  Our goal is to send you home healthy, happy, less stressed and rejuvenated from your time spent outdoors.  Our general policies for additional considerations while the coronavirus pandemic is with us, and beyond, is as follows:

  • Educate guests pretour, highly recommend getting fully vaccinated before arriving for a tour,  and require that guests do not arrive with any pre-observed symptoms of the virus
  • Keep up to date with CDC and NPS guidelines
  • Educate our guests in an ongoing manner
  • Continue to enjoy outdoors activites and take our guests to less populated areas
  • Wash hands and use sanitizer often, continue to use masks where requested

Read on for more detailed information on our procedures:

As vaccinations for COVID 19 are now widely available, we are relaxing some of our procedures during tours.  We highly recommend you get fully vaccinated before participating in a Timberline Adventures tour.  If you choose not to get vaccinated, we will require that you show proof of a negative COVID 19 test no more than 72 hours before the tour begins, and we will ask that you follow additional procedures while on tour.  Through this experience, we have found some of our additional procedures to have a benefit for everyone on the tour, and will therefore be keeping them in place as we navigate beyond the pandemic.

Before we assemble for our tours:

We ask our guests to take some precautions to lessen the risks of bringing disease to our tour. If you are exhibiting any symptoms of illness within a couple days of the tour, we suggest you reconsider your participation in the tour, and ask that you notify the office immediately. Please do all you can during travel to protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, wearing a mask if requested, and practicing reasonable care to avoid close contact with others.

If you feel ill while on tour:

Evaluation of the health of each guest and guide while on tour will rely heavily on self-disclosure, and observation of obvious symptoms.  If an individual is feeling poorly, we would advise separating from the group for the day.  The guides will provide a reasonable alternative, depending on the situation. If the guest is vaccinated, you will be allowed to rejoin the group when you are feeling well.  Any unvaccinated guest who is feeling or exhibiting symptoms common to COVID 19 may be asked to separate from the group permanently.  The guides and the office will offer assistance in making arrangements for a place to quarantine, or a method of safe travel to seek medical attention.  Ultimately, responsibility, including financial, for alternative arrangements will be up to the individual.

In outdoor areas: 

If our group is at minimum 80% vaccinated, we feel confident that continuing our normal outdoor activities of hiking and cycling is safe.  Any unvaccinated guest may be asked to wear a mask if distancing is not possible for a prolonged period.  As always on Timberline Adventures, we will strive to build our itineraries on lesser used trails and roads where there are fewer people.

In indoor areas, including bathrooms, restaurants and hotels:

Timberline will continue to follow local restrictions, and in places where masks are recommended, we ask that all guests continue to use them.  We will look for outside seating in our restaurants as much as possible and strive to avoid crowded indoor spaces.  Any unvaccinated guests may be asked to separate from the group if it is necessary to eat indoors.  Hand sanitizer will become the norm when we enter and exit a restaurant, and when reconvening after being in crowded, public spaces.

In Vans:

We will continue to practice nightly sanitization of our vans, and will ask each guest to use sanitizer each time before entering the van.  If the group is fully vaccinated, we will not require the use of masks in our vans, unless there is a personal objection. (Please speak to your guide if you are uncomfortable staying unmasked in the van)  Any unvaccinated guests will be asked to continue wearing a mask during van rides.

Food preparation:

We will return to offering our buffet style lunch preparation for hiking tours in the morning.  However the use of hand sanitizer and/or food serving gloves will be required before you approach the buffet table.  If you prefer to have the guides prepare your lunch, that is available upon request.  We also ask that you use hand sanitizer while on the trail before you enjoy your lunch or snack.  Guides will always carry a supply of sanitizer, but we encourage you to also bring your own.  Days’ end beverages should be distributed by a sanitized hand.

SAG stops with snack stations for cycling tours will have specific procedures.  You must remove your cycling gloves and wash and/or sanitize your hands before choosing a snack or filling your water bottle. Days’ end beverages should be distributed by a sanitized hand.

The CDC recommendations for prevention of illness if you are not yet vaccinated can be found here:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

The CDC now has updated recommendations for those who have been fully vaccinated:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html

For traveling in the National Parks, the NPS has issued this update:
https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/news/public-health-update.htm

By taking small steps and exhibiting awareness and above all consideration of others, we believe we can provide to you a safe, healthy and unforgettable adventure. Questions about these policies should be directed to the office, by phone:  303-664-8388   or email:  info@timberline-adventures.com.

We look forward to seeing you on tour and wish you all good health and safety during this time.

 

Updated May, 2021

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