Updates for Travel with ROW Adventures
During our 2020 rafting season we had strict COVID-19 protocols in place, and we are happy to report that we had a successful season, taking hundreds of people on various trips with no known cases of COVID-19 contracted while under our care. We are taking what we learned in 2020 and preparing for our 2021 tours.
No one knows what the world will be like in a few months’ time. Our hope is that we can operate our trips in much the same way we did before COVID-19. However, we have plans in place in the event that the virus is still a public health risk. We take standards for hygiene and cleanliness seriously and regardless of the status of the pandemic in 2021, we will continue to take additional steps to protect our guests and employees from virus spread. Our health and safety measures are designed to address a broad spectrum of viruses, including SARS-CoV-2 (a novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID -19) and include everything from employee and guest use of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), handwashing hygiene and cleaning product specifications to the cleaning of vehicles, boats and all the equipment used during our trips.
We encourage you to read our full COVID-19 Operations and Mitigation plan (see link below as well). The purpose of this plan is to develop and implement a strategy to operate trips in a manner that would minimize the possibility of the spread and outbreak of COVID-19 on our trips. We are closely monitoring government policy changes, CDC guidelines, mandates from federal, state and local governments and health departments. We will continue to make changes, as necessary or appropriate, to our protocols and procedures. If COVID-19 is no longer deemed a significant public health risk by public health experts during the 2021 season, then these protocols will be modified accordingly. If the virus is still a significant public health risk, we will fully implement these practices.
The decision about whether or not to travel in 2021 is a personal one. As you consider your options, it’s key that you feel comfortable with the uncertainties of the world today. We are doing what we can in terms of creating additional precautions and procedures, but the risk of exposure to, or contraction of, COVID-19 cannot be eliminated despite best efforts at mitigation. Participants of commercially outfitted trips must accept the inherent risk presented by the fact that it is not reasonable to expect the outfitter to effectively eliminate the virus from the environment.
Time in the outdoors is always rejuvenating, and now, may be more important than ever. Being with others to share the joys of nature, connection and camaraderie in a healthy, supportive atmosphere has always been central to what we do. This coming season we plan to continue our operational procedures as detailed below. However, we cannot eliminate the risks associated with COVID-19 and only you can decide whether those risks are acceptable to you or not.
Generally we will strive to keep those traveling together in their own pod and refer to this as a “Travel Party.”
When You Are Ready – We Are Here
We know that we are not alone in our struggles, and we so appreciate everyone that has reached out to us during this time. For 41 years ROW Adventures and our sister companies, Adventure Unbound, Sea Kayak Adventures and River Dance Lodge, have been sharing the joy of meaningful, life-enriching travel. As an adventure travel company, we’re accustomed to being flexible and navigating difficult waters. However, like most people, we have never experienced anything that has impacted so many people in so many ways, all around the globe.
As a family owned and operated company, we are doing our best to make sound decisions that are fair, compassionate and in the best interest of everyone. We thank you for navigating these difficult times with us.
We look forward to sharing the joys of nature and river canyons when the time is right for you.
As we find our path, I am reminded of the words of Henry Kissinger who said: “A diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure.”
May we all find the diamonds within us and our communities.
Founder & President
And the entire team at ROW Adventures