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Updated September 27, 2021

Thompson Island Outward Bound is committed to the safety of our students, guests, and staff. We are diligently following all CDC, State of Massachusetts, City of Boston, and Outward Bound USA guidelines and adhering to all city and state regulations on gatherings and physical distancing. For detailed information on our safety practices, please see below. If you have additional questions, please contact Matt Hardy, Director of Safety and Training

  • Unescorted public access has been reinstated for the month of October with additional health and safety precautions for Covid-19. For more details, please see our fall public access page
  • Non-essential operations on the Island are being conducted with restrictions and at a limited capacity.
  • Non-essential operations at our mainland office at 21 Drydock Avenue are suspended until further notice.

Additional updates to come as CDC, national, state, and county guidelines evolve. 

Covid-19 Safety Practices for 4K Trail Run

Prior to arrival:

  • Guests are encouraged to engage in low-risk behaviors before visiting the Island.
  • Thompson Island Outward Bound is not able to allow runners and other participants who are not fully vaccinated to participate in this event because of the health and safety risk to the other event participants. We have determined that requiring all participants attending the 4K event to be fully vaccinated is necessary for the protection of the health and safety of all event participants, their families and friends, and the community at large.  
  • Staff and 4K participants will be required to complete the Clear To Go health assessment on their phone confirming that they are fully vaccinated and sharing both current health and possible exposure to Covid-19. Signs with instructions and QR codes to register with are prominently displayed before boarding the ferry.
  • Any person experiencing Covid-19 symptoms prior to their visit will be asked to please stay home.

On-island:

  • Staff and runners will be expected to practice enhanced personal hygiene, including frequent hand washing and sanitizing.
  • Staff and runners will maintain a physical distance of 6 feet both indoors and outdoors.
  • Staff and Runners will be required to wear masks on the dock, ferry, when social distancing is not possible, and in any indoor space on Thompson Island. Masks may be removed while running or eating and drinking. Thompson Island Outward Bound will provide participants with a mask if they do not have their own.
  • Bathrooms and high-touch surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized frequently.

Covid-19 Safety Practices for Unescorted Public Access

Prior to arrival:

  • Thompson Island Outward Bound is not able to allow members of the public who are not fully vaccinated to participate in public access because of the health and safety risk to the other participants. We have determined that requiring all participants visiting the island through public access programs to be fully vaccinated is necessary for the protection of the health and safety of all participants, their families and friends, and the community at large. Exceptions to this policy will be given for children under the age of 12 who are currently ineligible to receive the vaccine. 
  • Public access participants will be required to complete the Clear To Go health assessment on their phone confirming that they are fully vaccinated and sharing both current health and possible exposure to Covid-19. Participants will upload a photo of their vaccine card into the Clear to Go screening system. Signs with instructions and QR codes to register with are prominently displayed before boarding the ferry.
  • Any person experiencing Covid-19 symptoms prior to their visit will be asked to please stay home.

On-island:

  • Public Access participants are expected to practice enhanced personal hygiene, including frequent hand washing and sanitizing.
  • Public Access participants will be required to wear masks on the dock, ferry, during the orientation by a Thompson Island staff member, and while using the restroom. Thompson Island Outward Bound will provide participants with a mask if they do not have their own.

Covid-19 Safety Practices for Educational Programs

Prior to arrival:

  • Participants (and parents of students who are minors) are required to sign a Covid-19 Statement of Understanding.
  • Participants and staff are encouraged to stay within their family unit/pod and to only engage in low-risk behaviors for a minimum of 10 days before visiting the Island.
  • Testing for Covid-19 is required for all students and staff participating in overnight courses.
  • If any participant is experiencing Covid-19 symptoms prior to or upon arrival, they will not be permitted to start the course or on Thompson Island.

On-island:

  • Staff and students will conduct daily health checks for Covid-19 symptoms.
  • Staff and students on overnight courses will be tested upon arrival on Thompson Island, and 4-8 days after the beginning of the course.
  • Staff and students will wear facial coverings at all times both indoors and outdoors, except during meals, sleeping, and designated mask breaks; reusable face coverings will be available to all students and staff.
  • Staff and students will maintain physical distancing of 6 feet both indoors and outdoors.
  • Sleeping arrangements for overnight courses will be configured to allow for physical distancing.
  • Activities and meals will be held outdoors whenever possible.
  • Group sizes will be limited and groups will be intact to limit potential exposure.
  • Staff and students will be expected to practice enhanced personal hygiene, including frequent hand washing and sanitizing.
  • Bathrooms and high-touch surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized frequently. 
  • Shared equipment will be cleaned and sanitized after each use and isolated prior to its next use. 

Covid-19 Safety Practices for Events

Group gathering capacity will be limited to state and city guidelines. If you have questions about protocols for your upcoming event, please contact Denise Roaf, Director of Event Operations and Sales.

Prior to arrival:

  • Guests are encouraged stay within their family unit/pod and to only engage on low-risk behaviors for a minimum of 10 days before visiting the Island.
  • Staff and guests will be required to complete the Clear To Go health assessment on their phone sharing both current health and possible exposure to Covid-19. Signs with instructions and QR codes to register with are prominently displayed before boarding the ferry.
  • Any person experiencing Covid-19 symptoms prior to their visit will be asked to please stay home.

On-island:

  • Access to booked private venues will be limited to event guests and staff, and parties will be separated from other groups present on the Island. 
  • Staff and guests will be expected to practice enhanced personal hygiene, including frequent hand washing and sanitizing.
  • Staff and guests will maintain a physical distance of 6 feet both indoors and outdoors.
  • Staff and guests will wear facial coverings at all times both indoors and outdoors, except during meals; reusable face coverings will be available to all guests and staff.
  • Bathrooms and high-touch surfaces will be cleaned and sanitized frequently.
  • Shared equipment will be cleaned and sanitized after each use and isolated prior to its next use. 

FAQs

Will personal protective equipment (PPE) be available to guests? 

Face coverings will be made available to any visitor who loses or may need to replace their face covering, as will hand sanitizer and/or hand washing stations. 

What happens if I experience possible symptoms of Covid-19 during my visit?

If you feel symptomatic at any time during your visit, please inform a Thompson Island Outward Bound staff member immediately, who will take appropriate action to isolate you.

Will there be onsite health monitoring (e.g. taking guest's pulse and temperatures)?

We will not be taking guest's pulse or temperatures. However, prior to their arrival, all visitors will be required to complete a health self-check  to confirm that they are not experiencing a fever and/or other Covid-19 symptoms and have not been knowingly exposed to anyone  diagnosed with Covid-19.

How will I be informed if someone on Thompson Island at the same time as me tests positive for COVID-19?

Should this occur, we will inform the Department of Health and follow their specific directives. We will contact you if it becomes necessary.

How are you monitoring the health of your staff?

We have implemented various workplace protocols designed to minimize the transmission of Covid-19 and promote the safety of our staff working on-site and in the field. We are encouraging all staff members to abide by CDC recommendations and comply with safer/stay-at-home advisories, including wearing a face covering outside the home, practicing social distancing, and maintaining proper hand washing and hygiene routines. 

We are also implementing a routine testing procedure as necessary for staff and requiring all staff to self-monitor for symptoms of Covid-19 and to take the CDC’s self-check tool prior to their arrival to Thompson Island each day. 

Does Thompson Island Outward Bound require that all staff be vaccinated?

At this time, we do not require active employees to be vaccinated. However, employees are highly encouraged to receive vaccinations when available and will continue to provide support to employees seeking the vaccine. Following vaccination, all staff members will still be required to follow workplace safety procedures.

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