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COVID-19 Procedures for Quiet Guiding Co.

This is our process relative to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have any questions that aren’t addressed here, please e-mail me.

First, the practical information:

Current Trip Logistics Update

We are hoping for the best for the 2022 season. As all of The Quiet Guiding Co.’s trips currently take place in Ontario Parks, I will follow their guidance closely as well as public health guidelines.

Health and Wellness

Pre-Trip

We do require proof that you have been vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, we will evaluate on a case-by-case basis.

If you do develop flu-like symptoms within two weeks of the start of your trip, I request that you stay home. When purchasing trip cancellation insurance, ask your provider about purchasing coverage that allows you to cancel for any reason.

I will follow up with you within two weeks of your trip to check in on your health and your contact with others.

If I develop flu-like symptoms within two weeks of the start of your trip I will stay home. I will endeavor to provide you a top-notch guide so that your trip may carry on.

I clean and disinfect all group gear after a trip ends. I do the same prior to packing a trip.

I also thoroughly clean and disinfect the Subaru that carries all the gear and me to you, before and after each trip.

December 21, 2021 note: We will update this section on pre-trip testing requirements, as guidance emerges.

On Trip

As long as our trips can continue to proceed, I’ll continue with my standard health and wellness practices and add in a few extra measures.

Standard procedures include:
  • A hand washing station with lots of soap and hand sanitizer
  • A dish washing station with dish gloves where one sink is HOT soapy water (sometimes too hot) and one sink is disinfectant rinse
  • Ensuring everyone is well-hydrated (via a water filtration system), well-fed, and with any luck well-slept
Extra procedures include (but are not limited to):
  • Practicing physical distancing of at least 2 meters between us (if not a custom group who have been isolating together)
  • Guides will wear a mask off the water.
  • Clients are strongly encouraged to wear masks for their safety. You are required to bring your own.
  • Including extra non-latex gloves in the kitchen kit for food prep (a set already comes with me in the first aid kit) and extra dish gloves for clean-up
  • Using a decanter water bottle for the water filtration system, rather than connecting the filter to everyone’s individual water bottle
  • Personal toilet kits (please bring your own travel-sized hand sanitizer for your toilet kit)
  • Extra disinfection of group gear between uses during each trip
  • Evacuating anyone who develops flu-like symptoms on trip
  • The number of tents are limited on Ontario Parks’ campsites. I will manage group size and tentmates accordingly (i.e. you will not bunk with a stranger nor someone you’re not bubbled up with).
  • No hugs or handshakes before or after the trip. (You know this one’s hard for me!)

Post-Trip

I clean and disinfect all gear after a trip. I ask that you stay in touch if you do develop flu-like symptoms in the two weeks after our trip. (I’d be happy if you stayed in touch even if you didn’t develop an illness.)

Second, taking care of head and heart:

Depending on how you approach times like these, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic. I know I have been. Reach out if you need some human interaction. Take a walk, if possible. Stretch, move, breathe deeply. Drink water and eat nutritious food.

Take good care of yourself.

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