COVID-19 Safety Protocol

by Nadine Dirksen - Tuesday, November 10, 2020

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, we have implemented the following safety measures for our tours. In general, unless additional actions apply, the three basic safety measures currently are:

  1. Wearing an appropriate mask or face covering when required.
  2. Frequent hand hygiene by washing hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap, or in absence of facilities, by using sanitizer.
  3. Keeping a distance from others of at least 6 feet/2 meters.

These safety measures are based on and will continue to be updated and adapted as per US Centers for Disease Control (US CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines and local health guidelines. In 2020 our European company operated a small number of trips so we have been able to practice putting these protocols in action.

On Tour, you can expect the following safety measures to be in place.

  • Group sizes may be limited and we encourage everyone not sharing rooms to observe social distancing standards throughout the tour.
  • We are observing and implementing official national and local COVID-19 prevention regulations throughout the course of the tour.
  • We will be distributing detailed safety documentation to all tour participants before each departure.
  • In the interest of all tour participants, staff and local communities, we will not allow anyone on tour who shows flu-like symptoms, has been in contact with people who tested positive for COVID-19, or has received a positive COVID-19 test result.
  • We require that everyone be masked during our tour briefings and any other group gatherings.
  • Tour briefings and group gatherings will be held outside or in well-ventilated areas only.
  • During group activities and while riding bikes, we recommend that participants that do not share a room throughout the trip keep a physical distance of 6 feet/2 meters.
  • When entering towns and cities where it is evident that larger crowds might be encountered, we require that masks be worn.
  • We will provide hand-sanitizer and recommend you also bring your own to take along.
  • In case a vehicle needs to be used, we require that hand-sanitizer be used before getting into the vehicle and masks be worn throughout the ride. For sufficient distancing, we may have to utilize different vehicles to allow for space between passengers. Windows will be left open to allow for ventilation during the ride. Vehicles will be sanitized daily.
  • When entering sites or establishments, we will comply with local official health and safety recommendations and require you to wear a mask.
  • We will arrange group meals only at restaurants with outside seating and sufficient distancing. If participants attend restaurants for meals on their own, we encourage that mask, sanitizing and distancing rules be followed. We can make recommendations of restaurants that have facilities that allow for distancing.
  • Only accommodations and hotels adhering to current COVID-19 regulations will be used on our tours.
  • We ask that you take your helmet, water bottles and bike rear packs to your room with you.
  • Bicycles and equipment will be sanitized before every use.
  • Luggage will only be handled by ExperiencePlus! Tour Leaders and luggage owners and we require Tour Leaders to follow sanitation protocols while doing so.

Nadine Dirksen - A German native, Nadine is a happy Colorado transplant who moved from lush Bavaria when she married. She left the land of pretzels in 2012 and has been enjoying a fun life full of cycling, mountain biking, CrossFit, hiking, running and any other outdoor activity that involves her little black Dachshund-mix. When not having fun outside or at work, she tries her hand at different craft projects with varying success. She helps our travelers by answering all their questions before their tours and she can't wait to help you bring your dream trip to reality!

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