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How Apakoa Rivers is navigating river trips in the time of COVID-19



COVID-19 Mitigation and Plan

River travel has long been a great way to get away from the crowds and enjoy the beauty of nature with family, old friends, and new friends.  Now, in the COVID-19 era, with extra precautions in place, the great outdoors of river canyons are an especially well suited environment to relax and recreate away from it all!


We are incredibly excited and grateful to be able to run trips this summer! To mitigate the risk of COVID-19 (knowing we cannot eliminate the risk entirely), we have additional screening, precautions and sanitation procedures in place based on research about transmission and government regulations.  These steps are added to our already rigorous health and safety standards.


Staying healthy and happy on the river

  • Pre-Trip Screening and Health and Safety Pledge: Prior to the trip you will receive an email outlining our policies and procedures for COVID-19 mitigation, a self screening questionnaire and a health and safety pledge.  These precautions are  in place to ensure we reduce the risk to all guests and guides to the best of all of our abilities.

  • Screening: Prior to the trip and daily all guests and guides will have their temperatures taken and be asked to answer COVID-19 screening questions to minimize risk for everyone. We ask that you notify a guide if you start having any COVID-19 symptoms during the trip. 

  • Hand Washing and Sanitizing:  Hand washing stations will be available in camp and at lunch, hand sanitizer will be available at all other times

  • Food: In addition to our standard requirements, including food handling certifications, hand washing and sanitation, all guides will wear masks when preparing and serving food, guests will be served one at time for distancing, and all surfaces, coolers, water containers will be sanitized before and after each use

  • Transportation: Masks will be worn in vehicles/air shuttle and when possible, travel groups will be grouped for transport

  • Social Distancing on Rafts: Travel groups will ride on rafts together and additional single and double inflatable kayaks (duckies)

  • Masking: Guides and guests will wear a mask when within 6 feet of a person not in their travel group

  • Social Distancing in Camp: River side camps allow plenty of room to spread out and find your own tent space, the camp “living room” will still have chairs for lounging but they’ll be a bit farther apart

We look forward to spending socially distanced time on the river this year - and sharing the tranquility, fun and companionship of river travel with you!

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