Posted July 17, 2020
SPECIAL COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
QUINO EL GUARDIAN
SEA OF CORTEZ
It is a pleasure to welcome you aboard Quino el Guardian. We are as excited as you are to embark on this adventure. We look forward to sharing the Sea of Cortez with you and giving you many opportunities to relax and have fun.
So that we may give you the best experience possible, we have implemented some protocols to lessen the possibility of infection during this time of COVID-19. We ask for your help in making this trip safer for you, the other guests, and our crew.
FOR THE SHUTTLE AND BEFORE BOARDING:
At 1 pm, you will meet the shuttle, Head Out to Rocky Point, at Terminal 4, Door 5, outside on the far side of the street. There will have three vans (when we have 20 guests) to take you to Puerto Peñasco. Your trip leader will have the names of the people who will go into each van. The driver will take your temperature before boarding. If you have a temperature of 100.4F/38C or higher, you will not be able to board. We ask that you wear a mask throughout your travel.
At the border to Puerto Peñasco, you will need to present your reservation confirmation. This confirmation will be matched to a passenger list that is given to the Convention & Visitors Bureau. Please keep your mask on as it is mandatory and required by local authorities.
Crew members will meet you at the marina. We are there to handle your luggage, so please let us help you. The crew will disinfect your luggage prior to bringing it on board. To make this process more efficient and improve your experience, please show our crew your bags and let us know where you would like us to take them. For example, let us know if your bag is to go to the
Before boarding the boat, we will have a medic take your temperature and do a brief examination to ensure the health and safety of all those aboard. It is the doctor who will have the final call whether we can allow you aboard. We hope you understand that this is a complicated situation for both of us, and the very last thing we want is for you to have a negative experience. If you are concerned that this could happen to you, we suggest you consider travel/trip interruption insurance or travel medical insurance. Be sure to check with your insurer for Coronavirus coverage.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding. We intend to do everything possible to ensure everyone’s safety and have regulations from local and federal authorities that we must meet.
We recommend that you wash your hands. After that, you are free to begin to relax. We ask that you avoid the dive deck and camera table until everyone is on board.
We ask that facemasks be worn by all guests when indoors. We have facemasks for guests who need them. Facemasks are optional outdoors and on pangas.
Our crew will wear facemasks when in the interior areas of the boat. They will not be required to wear facemasks outside.
Once all the passengers have arrived, one of the Divemasters will announce the schedule for dinner and the welcome briefing.
We will maintain a temperature record for all guests and crew that to be kept in the Captain’s Log. Temperatures will be taken twice a day by one of our Divemasters as follows:
1. Before the first dive of the day
2. At the end of the day’s activities
One of our Divemasters will speak with each guest daily and ask for possible symptoms or changes in health. This, too, is to be kept in the Captain’s Log. We ask you be honest and tell us if there have been any changes that could compromise your health or that of others.
Remember that it is our goal to keep all our guests and crew as safe as possible. Therefore, if you feel any of the following symptoms during your trip, please inform us immediately:
Pain in muscles or joints
Pain or burning throat
It is important to note that other factors could cause some symptoms. We remind all divers to stay well hydrated to avoid headaches, eat healthily, and avoid excessive use of alcohol, especially if you are going to dive.
There are multiple garbage containers throughout the ship and ask that you use these when you finish using napkins, tissues, canned soft drinks, beers, and snacks. We want to keep our areas as clean as possible.
If you have any questions or concerns during your trip, please contact one of our Divemasters, who will be happy to guide you in what options are available to keep you and others safe.
We will have two seatings for all meals.
Please wash your hands before entering the dining room and bring a facemask or handkerchief if you feel you may cough or sneeze.
If any guest shows symptoms, they will not be able to access the dining room, and we will take their meal to their room.
EVACUATION PLAN IN CASE OF A SUSPECTED CASE OF COVID-19:
If any passenger presents symptoms such as a fever higher than 100.4F/38C, a cough, runny nose, pain or burning throat, or respiratory distress, they must immediately inform one of the Divemasters or Captain.
The guest will be taken and restricted to cabin #6 and bathroom #1 will be for their exclusive use. Meals will be brought to the cabin. Facemasks will be mandatory as a preventive measure when receiving a meal.
The roommates will vacate the cabin and a crew member will clean and disinfect the cabin. Once cleaned and disinfected, the guests will be able to return to the cabin.
Dependent upon when this happens during the trip and the severity of the symptoms, the Captain will determine the best course of action; an evacuation or we end the trip early and return to Puerto Peñasco.
Once this is determined, a general announcement will be made to all guests. This announcement will state that a guest has presented some symptoms and the next steps.
Should an evacuation be deemed best, the evacuation will be in Bahía de Kino, Sonora, where we will have a better medical evaluation. Based on the medical assessment, a decision will be made about whether the guest will return home or stay a few days at a place of their preference. The guest will absorb these costs. This is an additional reason why we highly recommend that you review your travel/medical insurance for coverage should this occur.
The guest’s room with a suspected case of COVID-19 will be quarantined until arrival in port so that it can be thoroughly disinfected. No one can enter during this time.
Once the evacuation is complete, the boat will depart and continue with the rest of its itinerary. The guests and crew will continue to be monitored. If anyone else presents similar symptoms, we will need to end the trip and return to Puerto Peñasco immediately.
Our goal is to ensure the best experience possible while ensuring everyone’s safety. We appreciate your assistance as we comply with the state’s guidelines and federal laws of the government of Mexico.
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If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.
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