DORCHESTER SKIPJACK COMMITTEE
PASSENGER COVID PROTOCOL (4/12/21)
The Dorchester Skipjack Committee (known as the DSC), who owns and operates the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester, is committed to providing an environment as safe as possible due to COVID pandemic for passengers. The Nathan of Dorchester will operate within the guidelines of the State of Maryland. In addition, DSC will monitor passengers as well as encourage appropriate distancing, masking, hand hygiene practices.
The following steps will be maintained until such time as the State of Maryland relaxes guidelines for group activities:
1)Reservations: All passengers will be listed individually on the passenger roster. Their “travel pod” and vaccine status will also be entered on the reservation. “Travel pods” will be used for screening and boarding processes. The passenger limit is 10 per public sail and 12 for a charter (if they are a “pod”).
2) Screening: All passengers will complete a thermal temperature and symptom questionnaire. Any guest/passenger entering the Nathan of Dorchester work area (defined as the area of Long Wharf by her berth) is required to wear a mask, social distance from non “travel pod” passengers, and appropriately sanitizing.
3)Passenger embarking and disembarking process: “Travel pods” will be loaded by group and provided direction to appropriate seating once on board. Every passenger will be offered hand sanitizer prior to boarding. Red shirt crew will hand sanitize between interactions with “travel pods” during those processes.
Crew members and docents will use hand sanitizer prior to approaching families/children to apply PFDs which have been sanitized.
Expected seating is: forward starboard cabin, starboard and port deck box, and engine compartment cover. This should be conveyed to passengers when they arrive for check-in.
Passenger safety announcements will include reminders of maintaining social distancing from red shirt crew and other passengers, proper mask etiquette, and availability of sanitizing stations.
Social distancing of non related individuals will be maintained at six feet. Families may sit together. Masks must be worn during the trip (unless under 2 years of age). No passengers will be allowed at the helm. They may pass oysters and aquatic animals but should be offered hand sanitizer immediately.
Passengers must provide their own water. A cooler is maintained for crew only, unless there is an extenuating circumstance.
4) Vaccination: The Dorchester Skipjack Committee highly recommends all age eligible passengers be vaccinated.
4)Tracking. Passengers who develop any symptoms known to be potentially attributable to COVID or become COVID positive, within 72 hours of participating, are requested to notify the Dorchester Skipjack Committee by phone call or email.
The DSC will maintain COVID screening and sanitizing kit on board which includes:
It is understood that despite all precautions, transmission of COVID-19 is unlikely but still possible. The Dorchester Skipjack Committee will take reasonable precautions but is not responsible if a passenger acquired this virus secondary to on-board exposure.