Kettle River Canoes
COVID-19 Safety Plan
June 25, 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. 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 in which the body attacks itself). 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) and has had kidney failure three times (2016, 2017 and 2018). 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 still susceptible to the Coronavirus. Therefore, it is essential to maintain physical distance protocols and keep your interactions to a minimum. Bring your own food and drink with you when you travel. If possible, use self-contained accommodations (travel trailer, camper 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 time in the shop will be kept to a minimum in order to deliver a canoe for restoration or pick-up a completed canoe. When you enter the shop, hand-sanitizer will be provided for you. 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.