Vaccines & COVID-19 Safety

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We are planning on having all future 2021 trips as scheduled.
As of January 17,2021: In the United States: 206+ million vaccinated with at least one dose; 209+ million fully vaccinated;  95% of seniors (age 65+) vaccinated and 87% of all adults (18+). (CDC COVID Data Tracker)
COVID-19 Safety Vacation Bicycling
Obviously our first consideration is the safety of everyone, including our participants and the people who work at the hotels and restaurants on our trips. With this in mind we have been closely monitoring the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine's Coronavirus Resource Center for county statistics and the COVID Tracking Project websites. These sites show that relatively most of the areas where we are staying, have a very low infection rate with a downward trend in numbers, so we are very hopeful that by the time each trip arrives, the county that we stay and the area that we ride will be in excellent shape.
In addition, we have returned from our most recent trips since the COVID-19 outbreak. Following are the changes that we made (and are evaluating for future trips) and depending on the situation at the time for each trip and the experiences we gain, we will make these changes for future trips as well to help ensure the safety of everyone. These include:
  1. Taking everyone's temperature with contactless thermometers at the beginning of each trip and before getting in the vans each day.
  2. For group meals: Eating all meals outside, if the restaurant has an outside seating areas. If outside seating is not available, then each person can request to have her/his meal to go to eat at her/his hotel room.
  3. Optional Happy Hours are happier than ever as we meet in a safe outdoor area or large open meeting areas.
  4. We revised routes if possible to allow everyone, if they choose, to drive their personal vehicle to the starting/ending point of the ride; thus avoiding extended van travel.
  5. We replaced the 5-gallon water cooler/dispensers with cases of bottled water.
  6. We have hand sanitizers and wipes available in each seat in each vehicle/van.
As we will be staying at Hilton and IHG properties on most tours, Hilton and IHG have implemented many COVID-19 policies including:
  • All guests, associates, staff and visitors are asked to wear masks at all Hilton and IHG properties
  • Hilton CleanStay Room Seal to indicate that guest rooms haven’t been accessed since they were cleaned
  • Extra disinfection of top 10 high touch areas in guest rooms including light switches and door handles
  • Increased cleaning frequency of public areas
  • Guest-accessible disinfecting wipes at entrances and high traffic areas
  • Enhanced cleaning for fitness centers 
  • Reduced paper amenities (like pads and guest directories) in rooms
  • Enhanced cleaning & other changes to buffets, in-room dining and meeting spaces
Also, here are links to websites that we have referenced and monitoring.
As we know the situation is very fluid, but continues to improve greatly in 2021, so we will monitor the new information as it is released and make changes for all future trips.
If you have any other questions, please let us know. 
Take care,
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Athens, GA 30605
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