Updated January 14, 2021
Talus Lodge is taking a systematic and collaborative approach to operate amongst the current climate of COVID-19. This includes 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 a newly formed and developing 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 five principles, which have been used to guide our operating protocol pertaining to staff and guests include:
- Personal hygiene
- Stay at home if you are sick
- Environmental hygiene
- Safe physical distancing
- Physical modification
|Covid Management Plan||The Talus Covid Management Plan will be modified to comply with active COVID-19 guidelines and regulations as set out by British Columbia Health Authority, Alberta Health Services, Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, Backcountry Lodge Association of BC and Worksafe BC. For more details: click here.|
|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.|
|Local travel with in the regional zone||Adhering to travel guidelines is the responsibility of the traveler, not the operator. Please respect the most current public travel guidelines when you book and re-evaluate at the final payment deadline and upon trip departure.|
|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.
|Winter||March and April program will be determined on February 15, 2021. This includes confirming existing bookings and accepting new bookings.|
|Summer||We are accepting booking from private groups within our regional zone.|
|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.|
|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||
|COVID and mandatory trip cancellation||Stay safe and stay home if in the last 14 days leading up to your Talus departure day you have;
A trip cancellation is not mandatory if in the last 14 days leading up to your Talus departure day you have;
|Health screening||With in 12 hours of departure for staging
|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 signs/symptoms at Talus||Should anyone feel unwell, an isolation venue will be provided. Arrangements will be made for a safe evacuation if signs/symptoms listed above do not resolve, get worse, or deemed a risk to you and others by Talus Lodge staff. The cost of a helicopter evacuation, in the case of medical emergency, is the responsibility of the guest. Helicopter evacuation coverage can either be purchased from Talus Lodge for $50 per person or an insurance provider at the time of booking your trip.|
|Post trip follow up||We will be communicating, post trip, regarding any COVID-19 positive tests in the 14 days after Talus departure.|
|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;
|Transport||Transportation services will follow Transport Canada guidelines for air and surface transport including mandatory mask wear.|
We will be adhering to the stricter provincial regulations since we are located in British Columbia and accessed through Alberta. The current Alberta mandatory restrictions will be in place at least until January 12, 2021. We will delay decision making until then. Should we, as a community, be able to manage COVID, Talus Lodge is going to be good to go. Sign up for our newsletter for a heads up on our decision.