Updated September 8, 2021

Talus Lodge is taking a systematic and collaborative approach to operate amongst the current climate of COVID-19. This includes vaccinations, updates to staff training, operating procedures, risk management, staff and guest health screening, alongside communicating with all our partners to ensure that we are complying with industry standard.

To ensure the health and safety of our clients, staff and partners, we have developed a Talus Covid Management Plan which is designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and to do everything we can to protect our community.

The principles, which have been used to guide our operating protocol pertaining to staff and guests include:

  • Vaccination
  • Stay at home if you are sick
  • Personal hygiene
  • Environmental hygiene
  • Physical modification
  • On site COVID-19 rapid testing for anyone who develops signs/symptoms at Talus
COVID-19 management plan The Talus COVID-19 management plan will be modified to comply with active COVID-19 guidelines and regulations as set out by British Columbia Health Authority, Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, Backcountry Lodge Association of BC and Worksafe BC. For more details: click here.
Mandatory Vaccination All persons who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination must be two weeks post second dose. For those who are not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination, including children, common sense precautions will apply.
Proof of vaccination The vaccine card program begins in British Columbia on Monday, September 13 2021 which requires proof of vaccination.

British Columbia residents: BC Vaccine Card is required. For more information click here.
Canadians: A provincially/territorially recognized official record alongside valid government photo ID.
Outside of Canada: Record of vaccination used to enter Canada and passport.

Entire lodge group booking Talus Lodge will be accepting entire lodge group bookings only. Call it your cohort, pod, bubble, squad, or your quaranteam. All group members must accept the collective risk of being with each other.
Travel recommendations/ restrictions Adhering to travel recommendations/restrictions is the responsibility of the traveler. Please respect the most current public travel guidelines when booking, re-evaluate at the final payment deadline and on trip departure.
Lodge capacity Group size 10 people or equivalent pricing.
Summer capacity for fully vaccinated: 17 guests.
Winter capacity for fully vaccinated: 14 guests.
Everything subject to change When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, each day comes with new announcements, policies, guidelines, or unexpected situations. We place absolute priority on the health and safety of our community. Things can and probably will change; we appreciate your patience as we determine the right thing to do. It is your responsibility to check keep informed. 
Summer 2021 and Winter 2022 Check availability and book online

Staff and guests The health and safety of our guests, staff, and community is our priority. We are all in this together and we all need to do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Acknowledgement of risk for COVID- 19 There is undeniably an ‘Assumption of risk’ for guests wishing to pursue this adventure amidst a global pandemic.  No matter how many precautions and measures are taken, we cannot guarantee with certainty that COVID-19 will not find its way into the lodge. Please deeply consider your personal level of vulnerability AND that of your co-vulnerability.

Acknowledgement of risk for COVID-19

Personal accountability We all need to do our part by following health guidelines, minimizing social contacts prior to the trip and following the measures we have implemented at the lodge. Coming to the lodge is a financial commitment for everyone and we encourage everyone to manage their own exposure in their personal lives and make responsible choices.
COVID-19 signs and symptoms
  • The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to other respiratory illnesses, including the flu and the common cold.  Commonly these are fever / chills, cough, sneezing, sore throat, and shortness of breath. Additional symptoms may include muscle aches, fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, runny nose, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, loss of sense of smell or taste.  Shortness of breath and chest pain can be signs of severe illness.
  • People infected with COVID-19 may experience little or no symptoms, with illness ranging from mild to severe, but still be a carrier.
COVID-19 and mandatory trip cancellation Stay safe and stay home if in the last 14 days leading up to your Talus departure day you have;

  • tested positive for COVID-19.
  • experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • are a close contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19.

A trip cancellation is not mandatory if in the last 14 days leading up to your Talus departure day you have;

  • experienced COVID-19 symptoms and are symptom free at the time of departure and provide a negative COVID-19 test.
Health screening With in 12 hours of departure for staging

Daily

  • A daily safety briefing will be conducted to confirm the absence of symptoms (BC self-assessment tool). Guests will be required to immediately bring any symptoms to the attention of staff members
Lodge life
  • Masks are recommended in indoor public places for all people 12 and older who are not yet fully vaccinated.
  • Diligence with personal hygiene.
  • Hand sanitizers stations throughout.
  • Meals are plated and served and/or pre-packaged for pickup.
Orientation Following health and safety guidelines provided by Talus during orientation and adhering to the guidelines outlined in the on-site manual administered by the Provincial Health Officer for staff, guest and facility health and hygiene procedures.
COVID-19 signs/symptoms at Talus Should anyone feel unwell at Talus, a venue will be provided for immediate self isolate. Talus staff will perform a rapid COVID-19 test on site. In the event of a positive COVID-19 test and/or the signs and symptoms listed above do not resolve, get worse, or deemed a risk to you and others by Talus Lodge staff, arrangements will be made for a safe evacuation. The cost of evacuation, in the case of medical emergency, is the responsibility of the guest. Evacuation coverage can be purchased from Talus Lodge at the time of booking for $50 per person plus tax or from an insurance provider. 
Post trip follow up We will be communicating, post trip, regarding any  COVID-19 positive tests in the 14 days after Talus departure.

CLEANING

Best practice sanitization The lodge and shower house has been, and will always be, cleaned to meet public health guidelines. We are taking additional steps to ensure guest and staff safety;

  • Enhanced cleaning with a focus on high touch areas including: door handles, light switches, handrails, faucets and knobs.
  • Sauna to be cleaned between guest pods and staff.
  • Linens and towels washed in a Miele washing machine sanitized at 70 C.

TRANSPORTATION

Transport Transportation services will follow Transport Canada guidelines for air and surface transport.