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COVID-19 Message

We hope that all of you, our valued members, are keeping safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. As many states are starting to open, we have come up with a plan to help you get out and safely enjoy the outdoors.

As we move to restrict the number of attendees at events, we want to give you, our paid members, the best chance to get in your RSVP before it is full. Therefore, until further notice, we will suspend using Meetup to post our events, and restrict our events to members only. Events will be posted here, on our website.

In addition, to compensate for the months when there were no trips at all, we will be extending all current membership renewal dates for 9 months.

New members who sign up prior to Dec. 31, 2020, will get 21 months for the price of one year.

New Rules for all Events

With restrictions easing across our regions, we have adopted the following policy to help us get outdoors safely:

  • All events will be outdoors - there will be no indoor gatherings or overnight events.
  • Attendance is limited to 4-6 attendees, depending on the location and activity (see below for activity related restrictions).
  • All attendees will comply with physical distancing.
  • Masks must be worn where and when needed.
  • Events should be limited to 3 hours or less, as transmission seems to be more likely with extended contact.
  • Events are for paid members only - You can join now by clicking on Join Us.
  • We are eliminating the paper sign-in sheet/assumption of risk statement. Instead, you will have the opportunity to enter your emergency contact online, as well as agree to our new Assumption of Risk Statement during the registration process. 

If you have any questions, or need to report COVID-19 symptoms to us for contact tracing, Contact us at covid@womenoutdoors.org.

Hike




In addition to the general restrictions above, we recommend:

  • Select a location with wide trails - best to avoid county and state parks that might be crowded.
  • Have an alternative nearby destination in mind if your initial meeting place is crowded or parking is unavailable.
  • Limit to 4 attendees.
  • Wear a mask for the meet & greet, until we are on the trail and properly separated at least 6 feet.
  • Keep your mask handy to put back on when passing other hikers.

Paddle




In addition to the general restrictions above, we recommend:

  • Select a location at a lake, pond, or slow-moving river where you can launch and end your trip at the same location - no one way trips where you need to carpool to pick up kayaks.
  • Follow local restrictions on boat launches, and have an alternative destination in mind if your initial meeting place is crowded or parking is unavailable.
  • Attendees must be able to unload, launch, and reload their gear on their own - assistance is possible with masks and willing parties, but not guaranteed.
  • Limit to 6 attendees.
  • Wear a mask until you are out on the water, as long as you are keeping your distance with other paddlers.
  • Maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet on land, and spread out in the water.

Bike




In addition to the general restrictions above, we recommend:

  • Select a location with wide trails.
  • Limit to 4 attendees.
  • Wear a mask until you are properly spaced out.
  • Maintain a physical distance of at least 18 feet when following another cyclist. Be aware that you're traveling in the air stream of the bicyclist in front of you and will therefore be exposed to what could be a larger load of virus particles for an extended period of time.

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