Era of Covid-19

COVID-19 Update (April 20th, 2021) Due to new announcements from the Vancouver Island Health Authority and the BC Provincial government, not allowing events or social gatherings, the restriction on non-essential travel outside of your community and to not travel outside of your health authority. We are remaining closed until our local Health Authority lifts the current and existing restrictions. Long Beach Nature Tours is tentatively planning to reopen on June 1st 2021 if it is safe to operate at that time. During this hiatus we have the opportunity to examine how we do business, how we engage with our guests; and how we will move forward in the future. We are excited to get back out on the trails with you soon! As always if you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We have worked diligently on our detailed COVID plan to implement standards that meet or exceed all industry guidelines, with the goal of ensuring all guests and our community remain safe.

COVID-19 has brought unprecedented challenges to all aspects of our lives, including business and travel. As businesses begin to reopen, we all share a responsibility to practice habits that promote the health and safety of both ourselves and those around us. Locally here in Tofino, most trails and FN territories remain closed due to the continuing increase of cases Canada wide, and current restrictions put in place by the Provincial government. Please review our COVID-19 Best Practices Document. Developed by guidance from public land management agencies, travel industry peers and Worksafe BC. These agencies utilize a layered approach of practices and behaviours which address the entirety of a trip continuum; i.e., actions aimed at minimizing COVID-19 risk before, during, and after a hiking trip.

  • All payment and waivers will be completed and signed online upon booking and prior to a trip beginning.
  • Guest packing lists have been updated to include additional items such as face masks, hand sanitizer, and antibacterial wipes. Guides will carry extra masks for those who need them.
  • Our staff and guests will be required to sign a declaration of health and exposure form prior to excursion.
  • Any staff or guest who has been in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19, or who has experienced any flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, body aches/chills, recent loss of taste or smell) within 14 days of their scheduled trip, will not be allowed to join the trip.
  • Increased cleaning and sanitization of all company-shared workplace spaces, trip-supplied gear, and vehicles/vessels has been implemented. These practices include shelving certain pieces of gear for 7-plus days after use so viruses might die (rotations), laundering, and the use of BCCDC-recommended disinfectants for use against COVID-19.

  • Physical distancing (minimum of 2 meters) will be practiced at all times unless direct person-to-person interaction is essential (emergency or first aid), in which case interacting parties will be required to wear facemasks if able.
  • Face masks must be worn in any enclosed space (buildings, group travel in vehicles). Masks must be worn prior to entering such spaces, while in the space, and upon exiting.
  • Transportation may or may not be provided depending upon COVID-19 transmission risk. In general, guests will need to provide their own transportation.
  • All company-supplied gear to be used solely by one guest, or possibly a family group, will be designated and labeled for use by that guest(s) only.
  • A trash bag will be provided and designated for use by each guest. This will be for disposal of personal tissues, baby wipes, sanitizing wipes, or any other item of biohazard concern. Each guest will be responsible for their personal bag and disposing of it properly at the end of their trip.
  • Any guide or guest who develops flu-like symptoms during a trip will be, if possible, physically distanced from the rest of the group, and from any community spaces or items. Affected individuals will be required to wear a facemask. The affected individual is encouraged to contact their physician for further direction. All those who have been in close contact are encouraged to self monitor their symptoms for 14 days.

  • All guides will have alcohol-based hand sanitizer on hand at all times.
  • Our guides will provide sanitizer to guests during meals or other rest stops; if guests have their own supply and it is as effective as ours, we will require them to use it during these times.
  • During an excursion we require that all guests do not engage in physical contact unless they are residents of the same household.
  • We require that guests do not pass around food or beverages to one another unless they are residents of the same household.

  • Narrow trails present contact and distancing challenges for people trying to pass one another. Where possible, communicate with the approaching person or group and decide on who will move safely off the trail until the others have gone by. If it is unsafe to keep a two-meter spread, move as far as is safely possible and ensure the passing party moves by quickly and with no physical contact.

  • Any staff or guest who develops flu-like symptoms within 14 days post-trip will be required to contact and inform us of their symptoms. If informed that anyone associated with a trip has experienced any flu-like symptoms, all staff and guests from that trip will be called to inform them, and required health professionals and/or agencies contacted (anonymity will be protected to the extent possible).

Please know that all staff have been trained in these practices, and that we will adapt or evolve practices as the efficacy and general knowledge of COVID-19 prevention strategies become better understood, or if local, Provincial, or Federal mandates dictate something different or additional.

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