This Plan is subject to revision or discontinuation as the pandemic and associated responses evolve. We will update this document with the latest CDC and Grand Canyon National Park Service guidelines coming for the 2021 rafting season. We hope to have all updates done by April 1, 2021 if not sooner.
First draft: 5/11/2020; most recent update: 6/11/2020
The intention of this COVID-19 Operations Plan is to address the guest experience on Arizona Raft Adventures, Grand Canyon Discovery, and Grand Canyon Raft Adventures river trips on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon.
The COVID-19 pandemic is extremely dynamic. Our primary guidance comes from the National Park Service and Public Health, Coconino County Health Department, Arizona Department of Health Services, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We will continue to monitor their websites at least weekly and update this plan as needed.
Ensuring physical distancing on a Grand Canyon raft trip with us is not possible. Therefore, our primary tools in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic will be clear and transparent communication with guests, pre-screening, on-river screening, isolation when necessary and to the extent possible, hand washing, sanitation, adaptation of food service, and staff training.
We would further like to acknowledge that many COVID-19 cases are asymptomatic. In addition, trip participants may be unknowingly exposed to COVID-19 in the course of their travels to Flagstaff or the South Rim for the commencement of their trip. We cannot solve for these challenges.
Works cited “Coronavirus (COVID-19).” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. May 19, 2020.
“Code of Conduct.” Arizona Raft Adventures. https://azraft.com/code-of-conduct/. May 19, 2020.