COVID Update: California Rafting in 2021Posted March 19th, 2021 by Gregg Armstrong, Co-Founder
To the All-Outdoors extended rafting family:
Welcome to the 2021 California whitewater rafting season – We can’t wait to see you on the river again!
How will COVID affect the California whitewater rafting season in 2021?
The pandemic situation in California is improving but we cannot be certain about what circumstances will be like in the future. What we do know is that vaccinations are becoming more available and are working to help control the spread of Covid.
We also know that with the help of our employees and guests, we were able to run California rafting trips responsibly this past summer and can do so again in 2021.
One thing we have done to help with some of the uncertainty, is to revise our Cancellation Policy to give peace of mind and added flexibility to anyone planning to raft with us this season. Learn more below.
Below is a list of protocols we plan to implement for the 2021 rafting season. Keep in mind that if circumstances surrounding the pandemic continue to improve and government guidelines are updated, we will adjust these practices accordingly.
All-Outdoors COVID-19 Rafting Trip Protocols as of March 19, 2021:
1. Private Rafts
Until further notice, we will not be mixing different groups in the same raft. Each group* will get their own “private” raft(s).
*Private rafts may require a minimum number of paid spaces per reservation. Contact us for more details.
2. Private Picnic Lunches for Your Group
For all trips in which lunch is provided, the fixings for a delicious picnic lunch are provided for each “private” raft.
3. Health Declaration Form
A few days prior to each trip all guests will fill out this form stating they have not experienced COVID-19 symptoms nor been exposed to anyone testing positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days.
4. Short Screening Process At the Meet Place
The day of your trip you will be asked a few questions about how you are feeling to ensure you are symptom free and have your temperature taken.
5. Shuttle Vehicles
Guests and guides will be required to wear a face covering during shuttle rides and apply hand sanitizer just before getting on the bus. Groups will be seated together and protocols will be followed during boarding and off-boarding to minimize contact.
6. Enhanced Sanitation
Between each trip (and periodically throughout the day) we clean all our facilities. Bathrooms get cleaned and restocked and shuttle vehicles get sanitized so they are ready for the next groups’ arrivals.
7. Guest Involvement in COVID Protocols
Keeping COVID down is a team effort. Here’s what we ask of our guests to help us limit the risk of spreading the virus:
- We can’t take symptomatic people. So if you start experiencing symptoms in the days leading up to your trip, you need to give us a call and we’ll help you reschedule.
- Bring hand sanitizer for personal use at times when we don’t have it available.
- Bring a face covering you can wear around your neck during the trip and use when necessary (at our facility, on shore, on board our shuttle vehicles, or when asked by guides). If anyone forgets to bring an appropriate face covering, we have them available for purchase.
- Bring a water bottle. It’s important to stay hydrated on a rafting trip. There will be opportunities to refill your bottle at the meet place and during the trip. If you forget to bring a water bottle, we have those for purchase as well.
- If you come down with symptoms or test positive anytime in the 10 days following your trip, you must let us know. It’s important for us to share that information with local government agencies and other guests who were on the trip.
What if you can’t go or we can’t go?
We realize that COVID has made all our plans a little less certain, so let’s be in it together. When you book, you’re getting a rafting trip — no matter what. Ideally that will be just the trip you want on the day you want. But, if that trip can’t go we’ll both agree to do it another time. If you can’t make it for any reason, we’ll give you your trip at a later date, either this year or in any future year. If we can’t run it for any reason, COVID or otherwise, you’ll agree to go another time.
For full details, see our updated Cancellation Policy.
For more information on state and local regulations regarding whitewater rafting and other outdoor activities, you can visit the following resources:
- The State of California COVID 19 Industry Guidance: Campgrounds, RV Parks, and Outdoor Recreation.
- A Message from the El Dorado County Public Health Officer.