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by Kristl 12. March 2020 13:52

SGRE Response to COVID-19

As a past, present, or prospective guest with Sheri Griffith River Expeditions (SGRE), you’re a part of our family and you should know we take the health and safety of our guests and our staff very seriously.

Recently, due to the uncertain nature of the spread of the coronavirus resulting in an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, many travelers are understandably concerned. As you know, this is a rapidly evolving situation and our response may well change as we learn more. For now, we STRONGLY advise all travelers to purchase a travel protection plan that will cover you in the event you or a family member become ill and cannot travel. 

If you have traveled, or will travel within an area that has been identified by the CDC as high-risk areas, please consult your physician about whether you should participate in an outdoor adventure activity.

If a guide or guest develops flu-like symptoms during an SGRE trip, per CDC guidelines, we will socially distance the individual(s) from the rest of the group and any community items, disinfect any suspected items or areas of contamination, encourage them to wear a surgical mask (to help prevent the spread of their illness), and consult local agencies about the possibility of an evacuation.

Our team is monitoring the following resources to help inform our decision making at this time:

We recommend checking with your own state’s recommendations and policies regarding the COVID19 response.

We hope you’ll rest assured that our standard procedures have long featured vigilant adherence to best practices for sanitation, disinfection of communal surfaces, and availability of hand washing stations. In addition to convenient locations for two to three hand-wash stations at every camp, along with a heavy emphasis on their required use, we also bring a supply of hand sanitizer on every trip. Our certified food managers and handlers adhere to strict guidelines for food preparation and clean up. Vehicles are cleaned between each use, and our rental gear (sleeping bags/pads and tents) is laundered between trips. Take confidence in knowing our operations teams are working extra hard to ensure we meet or exceed CDC guidelines.

As always, the safety of our guests and our staff is our primary concern. Please take necessary precautions to protect yourself when traveling and if you meet any of the criteria for potential risk of carrying COVID-19, please contact us immediately. If you are 60 or older, or if you have a chronic medical condition such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, please consult your physician for recommendations about joining our outdoor adventures. To provide for some additional flexibility during these uncertain times, we may be able to allow you, under certain criteria, to transfer your trip payments to a future departure. 

All things considered, we’re still looking forward to our 2020 season. We believe being out on the river or in the backcountry away from the crowds represents a welcome refuge from the hectic nature of our day-to-day lives, and our team of professional guides and staff look forward to helping you have an amazing outdoor experience.  It’s what we live for and it’s also our livelihood.

Thank you,
Sheri Griffith Expeditions Staff



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