These are the WTC Council’s COVID-19 restart decisions tailored to paddling.
This is the way we will function until further notice. We will limit all activities to 10 participants, you will be required to RSVP to the trip leader, we will maintain social distancing of 6 feet, and you will be required to bring a mask (for land only) and hand sanitizer. Multiple trips the same day must use different launch sites or a large time differential to avoid crowded parking and avoid group co-mingling. Due to social distancing, paddles cannot use vehicle shuttles (bike shuttles will work). Also, until we get used to this format, paddles will avoid lunch breaks to help maintain social distancing. This will be re-evaluated sooner rather than later.
We are now allowed to do activities in our 4 surrounding states of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Events will be posted on the website calendar. RSVP’s will only be taken NO MORE THAN 6 days prior to the event. (For example: if you are looking at doing a Tuesday paddle, a RVSP cannot be taken until Wednesday before.) We are also asking leaders to put the date on the calendar writeup when an RVSP may be accepted.
Even though some states now allow more than 10 participant others do not, but eventually they all will allow larger groups. However, we have found larger groups cause social distancing issues. Even in a group of 10, it is difficult to maintain socially distant within our group. More than 10 causes an overload in a parking lots because of other users. We must be responsible and share the recreation areas with others at this time when our outdoor spaces are being overloaded.
American Whitewater has an excellent poster that is worth reading.