TALUS COVID MANAGEMENT PLAN

Talus 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 and our industry partners.  These initiatives are consistently evolving and will be adapted based on health recommendations.
Entire lodge group booking Talus Lodge is accepting entire lodge group bookings only. Call it your cohort, your pod, your bubble, your squad, or your quaranteam. All group members must accept the collective risk of being with each other. Lodge capacity reduced to a maximum of 12 guest.
Local travel Accepting bookings based travel guidelines by BC Provincial Health Office and Alberta Health Services.
Winter 2021 Bookings will open on December 1, 2020 based on collective community health and/or access to testing with rapid results.

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 Form

Personal accountability We all need to do our part by showing up healthy, minimizing social contacts prior to the trip and following the measures we have implemented. Coming to the lodge is a financial commitment for everyone and we encourage everyone to manage their own exposure in their personal lives both generally and more strictly in the lead up to their trip. COVID is a known hazard and each individual needs to take accountability for their actions and make responsible choices. While pre trip quarantining will not be mandatory, it is strongly encouraged to ensure good health and reduce the chances of needing to cancel and being out of pocket.
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.  Almost everybody that has COVID has fever and cough (new or worsening). 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 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.
  • traveled outside of Canada.

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

  • experienced COVID symptoms and are symptom free at the time of departure and provide a negative COVID 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
  • Physical distancing is required between staff and guests and between staff. When physical distancing is not possible, mask wear is required.
  • Diligence with personal hygiene.
  • 2 hands free hand washing sinks.
  • No touch water facet.
  • Hand sanitizers stations throughout.
  • Meals are plated and served and/or pre-packaged for pickup.
  • Meal seating will be arranged with a maximum of 6 per table.
  • Sauna may only be used by members of the same pod.
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.

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 including mandatory mask wear.

Honestly, we have no idea what is going to happen this winter. But we do know this. Should we, as a community, be able to manage COVID and/or we have access to testing with rapid results, Talus Lodge is going to be good to go. Being optimists, we are preparing for this option. If we all do our part, we are going to make the magic happen and we want you to be part of it.  In preparation, mark December 1 on your calendar, sign up for our newsletter and take really good care of yourself.