Covid-19 Guiding Safety Protocol
As we move forward in this period of unprecedented times, we understand there is going to be changes to what “normal” looks like. This will affect most aspects of life and certainly will include guided instruction and excursions. Our number one priority is the safety and well-being of our employees and customers. We want to ensure that every guest has a pleasant experience, while safely enjoying the beauty of our state and its resources. We also want to provide our employees with the safest work environment possible, while informing them of the best health practices to perform their job. Our customers and employees will follow the Summit County Business Social Distancing Protocols Form (pdf), as well as all national and statewide protocols. All employees will be informed and trained on these protocols prior to engaging with customers or interacting with other business associates. All of our clients will be shown up to date protocols, either via email or in person when they arrive. This will promote awareness for not only our business, but best practices for personal health while visiting our community. The following safety protocols are what we plan to implement for fly fishing instruction.
1. All employees and instructors will maintain a minimum 6 ft distance, to follow social distancing protocol while on the guide trip. (employees may momentarily come closer when needed to deliver services, or when otherwise unavoidable).
2. All employees will wear face coverings on guide trips, where six feet of separation cannot be maintained.
3. Customers will wear face coverings when on guide trips and within 6 feet of their instructor.
4. Disinfecting wipes or spray that is effective against COVID-19 will be used on all high-contact surfaces including all equipment.
5. When passengers from separate households share a vehicle (carpool) the following criteria will be enforced, Per the Summit County Business Social Distancing Protocols Form (pdf)
a. Hand sanitizer is used by each passenger when entering the vehicle
b. The number of passengers will be reduced by 50% of the vehicle’s occupancy
c. Passengers will sit in locations to maximize the distance between one another
d. All passengers will wear a non-medical, cloth face-covering
e. Windows will remain open and ventilation is increased.
f. All high-contact surfaces of the vehicle will be disinfected at the end of each day.
6. Any food products must be brought by the customers or will be prepared by a restaurant following all safety and sanitation guidelines set forth by the board of health
7. Guides will complete the Summit County “Daily Symptom Check In” at the beginning of the day and attest to their health.
8. Clients and guides will meet outside at either a meeting point or the fishing destination whenever possible and will be determined prior to the trip.
9. Guide trips and instruction will only be offered with a max client to guide ratio of 3:1
10. Clients use their own gear. This includes waders, boots, and fly rod outfits when possible. If our equipment is used, all equipment will be properly cleaned with sanitized after every use.
11. When landing fish, continue to maintain 6 feet or a fly rod length (9ft) for social distancing and instruct the client how to maneuver the fish to the net. Depending on the angler’s experience level, we may have them net their own fish with their own net.
12. Camera phones and cameras can’t be shared. A photo taken by either individual can later be shared digitally.
13. Clients are urged to purchase licenses online if at all possible, prior to the trip
14. Guides will keep hand sanitizer and antiseptic wipes on their person at all times, with back up stock in the guide vehicle. Customers could be asked to bring their own.
15. Verbal and demonstrated instructions will be utilized as much as possible
16. We will promote Payment for trips by phone and online.
Jackson Streit –Mountain Angler