Minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in the Westminster community and keeping individuals healthy are among the top priorities for the 2020 Outdoor Experience. The Outdoor Program's plan for managing COVID-19 relies on individuals to take responsibility for their actions to protect their own and others’ health and safety. Fortunately, research is increasingly showing that spreading COVID-19 outdoors is rare, and the risk is even lower when social distancing, face coverings, sanitization and hand hygiene are in place.
No one with signs and symptoms of COVID-19 may participate in the trip until they are tested and receive a negative result for COVID-19.
Enforced Management Principles and Practices
Everyone involved with the 2020 Outdoor Experience must engage in self-quarantine behaviors for the 14 days leading up to being together. The Outdoor Program understands that a true quarantine may not be possible with travel, moving, etc., however certain precautions must be in place during that time:
- Minimize or avoid being in the presence of people who are not in your household.
- Maintain a physical distance of 6 or more feet when contact with others can’t be avoided.
- Wear a face covering over your mouth and nose when physical distance isn’t possible.
- Frequently wash your hands when in contact with surfaces that others have touched.
The same concepts with physical distance and face coverings will be in place on campus and during the trip.
Accommodating Shared Spaces
Camp kitchens, shelters, vehicles, and activities will all be managed to accommodate for distance and/or face coverings.
COVID-19 Health Checks
Everyone will complete signs and symptoms checks twice per day—it’ll become routine, like brushing your teeth!
Flu Shots Recommended
Flu shots are strongly recommended for everyone—signs and symptoms of COVID-19 can sometimes look very similar to the flu. Having a flu shot helps you understand that signs and symptoms are not likely to be the flu, increasing the need to get tested for COVID-19.
Increased standards of sanitization and hygiene will be in place. Hand washing stations will be ample and opportunities to wash will be frequent. Hand sanitizer will be available for times when washing isn’t possible. High-touch surfaces will be cleaned frequently and contact with those surfaces will be minimized.