COVID-19 Exposure Mitigation Protocols for Upcoming Departures

We know how eager you are to travel again. In this critical time, in order to travel responsibly, we all need to change certain behaviors to ensure the safest possible conditions. Our Exposure Mitigation Protocols are designed to mitigate travelers, staff, captain and crew from potential COVID-19 exposure by means of identification, evaluation, and control of pathogen transmission factors. We first prioritize the health of everyone involved in a departure.  And then we can have fun.

These Protocols will be enforced for our first few departures, when it is deemed safe enough to embark on sailing trips. They may continue for more than a few departures, because the COVID-19 virus is an evolving situation.

From specific actions, to addressing the emotional aspect of “going out into the world again”, we aim to balance concerns about the virus with reasonable changes of behavior. We know that views about the pandemic will fade slowly, and with that in mind, significant changes will need to take place within our operational practices.

You play an important part in the travel experience – not just for yourself, but others, too. This is always the case, but especially true in these times of COVID-19, and so you will be responsible for certain actions, too. We hope that these additional measures will allow you to feel comfortable, so that you can fully experience  freedom on an Everything To Sea voyage.


Measures by Everything To Sea, pre-trip

Reduced Occupancy – It appears that the virus is most contagious in closed quarters. Much of one’s time on an Everything To Sea trip is outside in open air. It is currently theorized that a combination of sunshine and fresh air, coupled with a climate of high heat and humidity, may be amongst the best conditions for keeping the virus at bay. As such, cabin occupancy will be limited to one man per cabin. However, in the case of two men already living together, one cabin can house the two of them. As there are five traveler cabins on The StandardPlus Boat, any particular trip can take five men, or more if men are partnered. There will be no additional charges for private cabins booked after May 25th, 2020, for trips running with reduced capacity.

Regular Updates – Everything To Sea will communicate with travelers booked on trips, to help them stay abreast of changing circumstances and policies.


Measures on part of Staff / Captain / Crew (referred to as Employees)

Pre-Trip Self-Screening – Any employee exhibiting symptoms or having known exposure to someone who is positive for coronavirus will get a viral test before boarding the vessel. Employees will not approach or board an Everything To Sea vessel if they test positive for COVID-19, or if they have experienced symptoms in the 72 hours prior to start of any sailing trip.

Pre-Trip Screening – Upon reporting for a trip, employees’ body temperatures will be measured with a no-contact digital thermometer and assessed. Employees with body temperatures greater than 100.4°F or who have flu-like symptoms (e.g., cough, body aches) will not be allowed to board an Everything To Sea vessel and will be directed to return to their homes.

COVID-19 Training – Employees will be trained in COVID-19 safety guidelines and these Protocols.

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Use – Facial coverings, as recommended by the CDC, will be worn by any crew interacting with food service and traveler’s cabins; generally the Chef, Chef’s Assistant, and Room Boy, while on vessel performing work duties.

Equipment Provision – Crew will ensure that soap and water are always available on the vessel. A supply of facial coverings will be available for all parties on the vessel.

Personal Hygiene – Our employees will be allowed and encouraged to take frequent breaks for handwashing or disinfecting of hands with a sanitizer. Hand washing must be performed with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, as recommended by the CDC.

Enhanced Sanitizing and Disinfecting – Employees will disinfect the vessel regularly during the day, and at the end of each day. Particular attention will be paid to bathrooms and touchpoints.

Daily Temperature Checks – Employees’ body temperatures will be measured with a thermometer and assessed. Employees with body temperatures greater than 100.4°F or who have flu-like symptoms (e.g., cough, body aches) will be directed to return to their homes.


Measures by Travelers

Travelers will be encouraged to:

Purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance – After booking, consider purchasing insurance that covers trip costs should you get sick, or the upgraded option known as “Cancel For Any Reason”.

Self Screen Pre-Trip – While still in their home area, travelers should perform a self-health check prior to starting their trip. Anyone with a temperature greater than100.4°F or who has flu-like symptoms (e.g., cough, body aches) will be advised not to begin travel.

Increase Attention to Personal Hygiene – Travelers should get into the habit of refraining from touching their nose, mouth, and eyes. Regular handwashing should be done with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.

Travelers will be required to:

Arrive Early for Testing at the Port City – Four days before the actual sailing date, travelers will be required to be in Labuan Bajo for an in-area viral test for COVID-19. Additional costs for food, accommodations, and the test will be borne by each traveler. Current cost of test is about US$130. Everything To Sea staff will meet and accompany each traveler for the testing procedure. Anyone with a positive test result for COVID-19 will be unable to board the vessel.

Screen Pre-Trip – On the morning of the vessel’s departure, travelers’ body temperatures will be measured with a no-contact digital thermometer and assessed. Anyone with a body temperature greater than 100.4°F or flu-like symptoms (e.g., cough, body aches) will be unable to board the vessel.


Additional Notes

::::: COVID-19 symptoms include fever (body temperature greater than 100.4°F), dry cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, and other flu-like symptoms (e.g., chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat)

::::: In the event one of our employees or travelers tests positive for COVID-19 during a trip, we will isolate the person, notify the appropriate public health care authorities, remove him from the vessel, and take the necessary steps to deep clean and sanitize the vessel.

::::: The above practices are based on current information. Everything To Sea will continually review and evaluate our exposure control Protocols and update them as necessary.

::::: Source: www.cdc.gov