Kettle River Canoes
COVID-19 Safety Plan

July 30, 2020

Background: According to information provided by the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is a highly contagious respiratory disease which results in death for about 3.4% of those infected with the Coronavirus. Of those who have died from COVID-19, almost three-quarters are 65 years of age or older and 99% of those had pre-existing health conditions. COVID-19 manipulates the immune system of the infected person and causes it to attack tissues in the lungs, heart and brain.  The virus spreads primarily through respiratory droplets which travel less than 2-meters from an infected person.  It also spreads through the air much like second-hand cigarette smoke.  As such, the virus can spread when an infected person is in an enclosed space for several hours with other people.  The spread of the Coronavirus is amplified by the fact that infected people can transmit the virus for 5 – 14 days before they show any symptoms. Until a vaccine is readily available, the vast majority of the general public is susceptible to infection. Therefore, Kettle River Canoes (KRC) will implement a safety plan to reduce transmission of the virus.

Personal Context: My wife, Christy, is 70 years old. She is dealing with Lupus (immune system disorder). She has already suffered a stroke (2018), has had open-heart surgery to replace the large valve on the left side of her heart (2018), has had kidney failure three times (2016, 2017 and 2018) and is currently dealing with congestive heart failure. I am 66 years old and have chronic bronchitis. If either of us were to contract the Coronavirus, the effects on our health would be serious.

Safety Plan: KRC is open by appointment only.  Most clients of KRC are located more than 50 kilometers from Grand Forks, BC.  We are now in Phase 3 of the BC Re-Opening Plan.  People are allowed to travel around BC and enter the province from elsewhere in the country.  The vast majority of the population is susceptible to the Coronavirus. Therefore, it is essential to maintain physical distance protocols, keep your interactions to a minimum and avoid enclosed spaces with other people for more than an hour.  Bring your own food with you when you travel.  Use self-contained accommodations (travel trailer or motor home).  If you have to use public washrooms or other facilities, wear a mask and use hand sanitizer before and after every encounter.

When you arrive at the canoe shop, we will check on your health with a general questionnaire.  Stay home if you are sick (i.e. high fever, persistent cough, difficulty breathing). Your visit to the shop will be limited to 20 minutes in order to deliver a canoe for restoration or pick-up a completed canoe. When you enter the shop, use hand-sanitizer and wear a mask (provided). While in the shop, we ask you to avoid touching any and all surfaces. We will maintain the recommended 2-meter physical distance from you at all times. In-Store purchases will be done via credit card and the Square Reader app on my iPhone. The iPhone will be wiped with sanitizer after each transaction. Toilet facilities are present at KRC but will not be made available to the public.

Updates to the Plan: KRC will operate according to recommendations and regular updates provided by Dr. Bonnie Henry (Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia). Consequently, our safety plan may change as the situation changes with regard to public health risks associated with the Coronavirus.

Stay home if you are sick. Stay safe. Be kind to others.