COVID-19 INFECTION CONTROL POLICIES & PROCEDURES

 

Covid-19 Health Screening

Do you or anyone in your household have any of the following new or worsening symptoms? (not chronic or related to other known causes or conditions)

  • Fever/Chills (temperature 37.8'C or greater)
  • Cough or barking cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Decrease or loss of smell or taste
  • Sore throat or difficulty swallowing
  • Runny or stuffy nose/congested nose
  • Headache
  • Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Extreme tiredness or muscle aches
  • Pink eye (if adult)

If  YES to even 1 symptom from the above list you must return home immediately and contact your local Public Health unit for further direction.

In order to return to Hope Haven, you must:

  1. Receive a negative COVID-19 test result
  2. Receive an alternate diagnosis by a health care professional OR
  3. Isolate for 10 days from symptom onset and be feeling better

*All household members must isolate until the above measures have been met

In the last 14 days have you or someone in your household:

  1. Travelled outside of Canada?
  2. Been identified as a “close contact” of someone who currently has COVID-19?
  3. Received a COVID Alert exposure notification through your cell phone?
  4. Had a doctor, health care provider, or public health unit tell you that you should currently be isolating?

If YES to any of questions 1-4 =Immediately return home and contact your local public health unit for further direction. 

In order to return to Hope Haven, you must:

  1. Isolate for 14 days
  2. Receive a negative COVID-19 test result 
  3. Receive clearance from public health

 

General Policies

  • Upon arrival, everyone must wash/sanitize their hands.
  • All Participants, Volunteers, and Staff are required to have a signed COVID-19 Acknowledgement of Risk waiver (included in 2021 applications).
  • All guests are required to have a signed COVID-19 Acknowledgement of Risk waiver prior to entering factility.
  • Only 1 individual per rider to attend lesson (guardian) unless permission obtained.
  • Participants and their guardian as well as volunteers may access the arena barn, arena washroom and outdoor riding rings only, all other buildings and outdoor spaces are considered closed.
  • 10 people maximum within any given indoor area while maintaining physical distancing. 
  • Abide by physical distancing guidelines at all times - 6 feet or 2 metres apart.
  • Volunteers, staff, participants as well as guardians assisting with lesson must wear a mask within the cross-tie area. Once mounted, horse leader and guardian sidewalker must continue to wear mask, instructor may remove for better communication as long as significant distancing is maintained and rider may remove once mounted.
  • Masks must completely cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of face without gaps. Double masking with a disposable mask under a cloth mask provides even further protection and is recommended.
  • Refrain from touching “Red” the cat if he happens to find you, he will try!
  • All individuals to bring their own water bottle, drinking sources will not be provided by Hope Haven.
  • If any individual who has been on the property has a probable case or tests positive for Covid-19, they must inform Hope Haven immediately and the program will be shut down for 14 days or longer. Every individual that was on site that same day will be contacted immediately, advised to self-quarantine and get tested. Only the Barn Manager will be allowed back on site in order to provide essential care to the horse herd. All other staff must produce a negative Covid-19 test prior to returning to site and all participants, boarders and visitors will be asked to stay off property for the entire 14 day period or longer.

 

Entry to Programs

  • The Program Manager and Instructors will together determine whether individual participants will fall into stage 1, 2 or 3 of resuming lessons. Factors for determination include; their level of independence when mounted, assistance required to mount and dismount, any risk associated with immune system or respiratory issues as well as their cognitive ability to follow instructions. These stages may be redefined as public health recommendations and government imposed restrictions fluctuate. There are no predetermined timelines or dates as to when stages will be initiated.
  • Stage 1  - Individuals who are independent in saddle therefore no sidewalkers needed, cognitively able to follow basic instructions, immune and respiratory systems healthy (or aware of risks) and independent with mounting and dismounting (may have guardian assist in this process).
  • Stage 2  - Individuals that may require a sidewalker but still not a lot of close contact holds, also requiring 1 person assistance to mount or dismount. Consistent parent/guardian will be trained to be the sidewalker role in order to maintain physical distancing to the best of our abilities for volunteers and staff 
  • Stage 3  - Individuals that require a lot of close contact by multiple people for mounting, dismounting as well as on horse. May not be able to accommodate prior to vaccine being available.
  • Participants as well as their guardians will be given a verbal health screening by an instructor upon entering the property.

 

Participants

  • Designated parking area across from paddocks, please do not park on house side.
  • If early for lesson arrival time, stay in vehicle until previous participant has left or  instructor/volunteer indicates you may come out.
  • Immediately upon leaving vehicle, go directly to arena barn and use hand washing/sanitizing station that is outside doors.
  • Please stay outside until the instructor completes the verbal Covid-19 Health Screening and invites you into the barn.
  • Participants must arrive with their own helmet. 
  • As an extra precaution, participants may come with their own set of clean reins.
  • Guardians may watch lessons from a designated area in the arena, our viewing room will be closed for tack cleaning use only.
  • We ask that you promptly leave property when untacking procedure is complete in order to minimize cross over with the next participant.

 

Volunteers

  • Volunteers to be trained in proper mask use, hand washing techniques and signs and symptoms of Covid-19 - training documented by Volunteer Coordinator.
  • At all times within indoor spaces all volunteers must wear a mask. Horse leaders must wear a mask at all times both within the arena as well as outdoors during lesson time. Hope Haven will provide masks if volunteers do not have their own.
  • Protective gloves are optional and will be provided for use however diligent hand washing and sanitizing has proven to be more effective at limiting transmission.
  • In cold weather, please arrive with a set of clean riding gloves that may still be sprayed with sanitizer throughout the session and should be immediately laundered after the session.

 

Instructors

  • Instructors will be trained in proper mask use, hand washing techniques and signs and symptoms of Covid-19.
  • Mask use is mandatory within the cross-tie area but may be removed once the rider is mounted in order for better communication. Glove wearing is optional unless following emergency procedures.
  • Instructors to carry on them at all times a hip pouch containing an unused mask and set of gloves each in their own Ziploc bag, hand sanitizer, and cell phone.

 

Boarders

  • Boarders and select staff only in Bank Barn.
  • To be given a weekly schedule of available indoor arena riding times - must contact Program Manager when planning to come onto property for appropriate tracing.
  • When weather is appropriate, use the large garage door for access to arena which will remain open in order to avoid unnecessary traffic inside.
  • All horse droppings in arena to be cleaned by staff after use.
  • No communal equipment will be available (lunge lines, whips, crops, trot poles, jumps etc). 
  • Access to the washroom in arena barn only.
  • Boarders to provide their own cleaning products (hand sanitizers, wipes, etc).
  • Only 1 person in the bank barn tack room at a time.

 

Facility

  • Washrooms as well as frequently touched surfaces such as door handles and light switches to be cleaned 3x per day.
  • Tack room has limited access to designated staff and will only contain clean equipment and instructor's personal items.
  • All tack and grooming items will be cleaned and sanitized after every use, saddle pads laundered.
  • Hand sanitizing stations located at strategic areas, masks and gloves available.

 

Last Modified 02/24/2021