The health and wellbeing of our guests and staff is our top priority. To that end, we follow CDC recommendations concerning face coverings, hand washing, and/or using hand sanitizer, and cleaning/sanitizing surfaces.
The following are our Covid-19 policies.
CHECKING EVERYONE’S TEMPERATURE
CDC considers a person to have a fever when they have a temperature of at least 100.4 °F [38 °C].
Our staff will have their temperature checked every morning. Anyone with a temperature that exceeds 100.4 °F will not be able to work that day.
We’ll also check passengers’ temperatures before boarding using an FDA listed, no-contact, infrared forehead thermometer.
Passengers with a minimum temperature reading of 100.4 °F will not be able to board the vessel. While we can’t be sure whether or not that means a person has COVID-19, we must err on the side of caution. If that happens (and we hope it never does), we will refund the passenger in full.
We follow CDC recommendations that individuals wear cloth face coverings in settings where other social distancing measures are challenging to maintain. Since our vessels are 28 ft and carry six passengers, you will see our captain and Naturalist/Guide wearing masks while on board. Please forgive us if our dark face masks along with our black caps make us look a little like “Darth Vader.” We promise our staff is not only friendly but quite charming.
We are asking guests to wear masks during their time with us as well. However, if passengers booked as a group or chartered the vessel, we respect your choice of whether or not to wear masks as the assumption is the group knows one another well enough to be comfortable mask-less.
CLEANING & DISINFECTION
In addition to the high level of cleaning we’ve always undertaken, our crew will take extra care to sanitize all surfaces of our passenger van and marine vessels between tours and during tours as needed. Additionally, staff practices regular hand hygiene and avoid touching their nose, mouth, or eyes.
At a minimum, clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces at the beginning and end of each shift and between transporting passengers. Ensure that cleaning and disinfection procedures are followed consistently and correctly, including the provision of adequate ventilation when chemicals are in use. Doors and windows should remain open when cleaning the vehicle. When cleaning and disinfecting, individuals should wear disposable gloves compatible with the products used as well as any other PPE required according to the product manufacturer’s instructions.
- If hard non-porous surfaces within the interior of vehicles & marine vessels, such as hard seats, armrests, door handles, seat belt buckles, light, and air controls, doors, windows, and grab handles are visibly dirty, clean with detergent or soap and water before disinfectant application. For disinfection of hard, non-porous surfaces, appropriate disinfectants include:
- EPA’s Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2external icon, the virus that causes COVID-19. The EPA has approved Lysol Disinfectant Spray and the registered antimicrobial products in Microban 24 products as effective disinfectants against COVID-19 on hard and non-porous surfaces. We follow the manufacturer’s instructions for concentration, application method, and contact time for all cleaning and disinfection products.
- Diluted household bleach solutions prepared according to the manufacturer’s label for disinfection, if appropriate for the surface. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
- Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol.
- For soft or porous surfaces such as fabric seats, remove any visible contamination, if present, and clean with appropriate cleaners indicated for use on these surfaces. After cleaning, use products that are EPA-approved for use against the virus that causes COVID-19external icon, and that is suitable for porous surfaces.
- For frequently touched electronic surfaces, such as tablets or touch screens used in the vehicle, remove visible dirt, then disinfect following the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products. If no manufacturer guidance is available, consider the use of alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol to disinfect.
Gloves and any other disposable PPE used for cleaning and disinfecting the vehicle should be removed and disposed of after cleaning; wash hands immediately after removal of gloves with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.