We are empathetic toward everyone’s unique experiences and the changes both individuals and society are being tasked with making in response to the novel coronavirus. Change is hard. What is easy is our commitment to providing fun outdoor adventures while being mindful of risk. Preventing mishaps has always been important to us — we are simply adapting to this new health hazard by taking steps to mitigate transmission and protect the health of our staff and customers as best we can.
Thankfully, outdoor activities, like kayaking and hiking, allow you to avoid the “thee C’s” — (en)closed spaces, crowds, and close-contact activities. Outdoor activities are also considered beneficial to your physical, social, and mental well-being. Let’s go play outside!
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Kindly notify us if you, or any member of your party, become ill within 14 days of participating in an activity.
Liquid hand sanitizer will be available at our shop.
Each bike and boat cockpit will be equipped with a spray bottle containing sanitizing spray. Participants have control over spraying down handlebars, bike and/or kayak seats, cockpits, cockpit coaming, deck, shared gear (such as binoculars, GPS devices, etc.), and paddles as they see fit. To be effective, most sanitizing sprays require remaining in contact with the surface for a minimum of 3 minutes and being allowed to air dry.
Everyone is required to abide by current CDC, NPS, USFS, MDNR, and State of Michigan recommendations/requirements to wear a protective covering over their mouth and nose indoors and maintain social distancing where required. In addition, individuals — regardless of vaccination status — are required to wear a protective covering over their mouth and nose during boat fitting, launching, and landings since staying 6 feet apart will be difficult or impossible (cloth masks are preferred since disposable masks may begin disintegrating when wet). If individuals are riding together in a vehicle, everyone must wear a mask while inside; windows must be open as weather permits, or other cross-ventilation options used.
Protective coverings over mouth and nose are required in all federally-managed buildings and facilities as well as on all federally-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including narrow or busy trails, overlooks, docks, and historic structures. This includes the Hiawatha National Forest, of which both Search Bay and Government Island in the Les Cheneaux are part of, and Isle Royale National Park.
If anyone does not have a protective covering for their mouth and nose, disposable masks will be made available.
In the unlikely event someone were to capsize their kayak, neither staff nor participant will be required to use a protective covering over their mouth and nose in order to best address water safety.
Staff who are not members of a shared household/social cohort will wear face masks whenever within 6 feet of other staff* or participants (indoors or outdoors). (*unless all staff are vaccinated)
Staff utilizing cloth masks will follow CDC washing guidelines of washing masks after use in hot water and drying at high heat for 30 minutes or disinfecting by saturating with approved solutions and air drying.
If a anyone becomes injured or ill while on an excursion, guides will follow added COVID-19 protocols for first aid assistance which includes donning goggles, gloves, and an N95 mask or respirator.
Surfaces, such as kayak cockpit coamings and SUP decks that come into contact with participants will be sprayed with a liquid disinfectant; paddles will be wiped with a cloth saturated with a disinfecting solution. Due to the nature of outdoor activities, it is possible kayaks will have sand or gravel in the bottom of cockpits.
Bike helmets will be dipped in a disinfecting and de-odorizing solution between use. Bike seat and handlebars will be sprayed with a liquid disinfectant.
Upon tour check-in or rental gear pick-up, participants will be given disinfected personal safety gear.
Life jackets, spray skirts, removable sit-on-top kayak seats, SUP leashes, and wet suits will be dipped in a disinfecting and de-odorizing solution between each new client use.
Multi-day trip participants will be assigned their own personal-safety gear and paddle for use during the trip.
Hangers used to hang gear will be dipped in a disinfecting solution.
When gear is either being put away or given to participants, staff will have either washed their hands, used hand sanitizer, and/or grasped the top of the hanger gear is hung on.
If possible, subsequent tours or rentals for a given day will use different life jackets, spray skirts, wet suits, removable sit-on-top kayak seats, and bike helmets.
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