Vaccines & COVID-19 Safety

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We are planning on having all future 2021 trips as scheduled.
The best news is as of November 24, 2020 there are now 3 COVID-19 vaccines that have completed or in the final steps of stage 3 trials: Pfizer/BioNTeck, Moderna and AstraZeneca/Oxford. USA Today reported on November 22, 2020 that the vaccines may be administered as early as December 13, 2020 with the inital doses going to front-line health care workers. A combined 40 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTeck and Moderna vaccines will be available in December.
COVID-19 Safety
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 recently 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.
  7. We have additional vehicles to allow social distancing within the vans. leaving the center seat open in each row.
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.
In addition, most states now require everyone to wear a mask in all indoor buildings. Also, Walmart & Kroger (including all King Sooper, City Market, Smiths and Ralphs divisions) now require masks at all stores.
As we know the situation is very fluid, so we are continuing to monitor the information 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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