This Plan is subject to revision or discontinuation as the pandemic and associated responses evolve.
THE BELOW UPDATES ARE EFFECTIVE FOR THE 2022 RAFTING SEASON. Updates made 8/16/2022
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 (collectively, “AzRA”).
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.
GUEST VACCINATION & TESTING REQUIREMENTS FOR 2022 SEASON-Posted 2/25/2022
In considering AzRA’s approach to requiring vaccinations and pre-trip testing for our guests entering our 2022 river season, we examined whether requiring either or both would be substantively meaningful—meaning, would these measures protect our guests and crew, or would they simply provide a false sense of security. The bottom line is: we cannot guarantee you will not get COVID traveling to and from, or participating in, an Arizona Raft Adventures’ river trip.
We will not be requiring testing of our guests. The vast majority of our guests travel across the country or internationally to reach Flagstaff or the South Rim of Grand Canyon. The travel to the trip and/or home typically has more exposure than many of us experience in our daily lives. Requiring testing before traveling to Flagstaff or the South Rim would not provide accurate results, as you could contract the virus while traveling. Testing after travel and prior to or at orientation creates unnecessary stress on you, and studies are finding that the results of these quick, at-home tests are inaccurate.
We will not be requiring our guests to be vaccinated. According to the latest information from the CDC, being fully vaccinated and up to date with boosters provides you with the most protection. However, it is still possible for both the vaccinated and unvaccinated alike to shed and spread the virus.
EMPLOYEE VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS
All AzRA employees are required to be fully vaccinated (boosters are recommended, but not required), or have a medical or religious exemption. The assistants on our trips are NOT required to be fully vaccinated as they are not employees of AzRA.
“Coronavirus (COVID-19).” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. February 22, 2021
“Code of Conduct.” Arizona Raft Adventures. https://azraft.com/code-of-conduct/ . May 19, 2020.
“Isolate if you are sick.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/isolation.html. February 18, 2021