Whale Watching Guidelines for COVID-19

 Whale Watching Guidelines for COVID-19

Call the day before your trip to make sure there are no changes in the Governor’s Phase 1 opening.

  1. We recommend that you wear face coverings (cloth or mask) in public. BRING YOUR OWN MASK. Remember you’re not just protecting yourself you’re keeping the virus from reaching other customers.
  2. Captains will frequently clean all “high touch” surfaces such as rails and seating.
  3. Customers are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer.
  4. Obviously anyone displaying symptoms will be refused service for everyone’s safety. Person(s) with known symptoms will not be granted permission aboard the vessel. Customers with symptoms would be directed to immediately consult with health care providers. For more information visit: COVID-19

Why Our Boats Lower Exposure to the Virus

  • Small, open-air boat.
  • Only four (4) people on board, not dozens.
  • No enclosed spaces—sunlight UV is a great disinfectant.
  • We meet on an open air dock, without going in a building.

Why Everyone Emphasizes Hand Washing

Here’s a PSA for non-science folks: Sounds banal, but soap really is an amazing weapon. This is because coronavirus is an “enveloped” virus, which means that it has an outer lipid membrane layer. Basically, it’s surrounded by a fat layer. Washing your hands with soap and water has the ability to “dissolve” this greasy fatty layer and kill the virus. Soap doesn’t just wash it off you — it kills it.

Summary

Know How it Spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person.
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Everyone Should Wash Your Hands Often

Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Cover your Mouth and Nose with a Cloth Cover or Mask when Around Others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover or mask when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.

Cover Coughs and Sneezes

  • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.