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Our COVID-19 Guidelines

(as of July 9, 2020)

MarineLab has always made the safety and health of our attendees and staff its top priority and will continue to do so.  Pending additional guidance from local, state, and federal agencies, plus the American Camping Association, we are implementing these policies for programs through December 2020. 

The MarineLab campus will accommodate only 1 school/group or 2 very small groups on site at a time. 

One single group will be limited to a maximum of 40 participants to allow us to spread everyone out amongst all of the dorm rooms, classrooms, boats, and cafeteria seating to maintain social distancing protocols. 

If two small groups, each group is limited to 16 participants housed on opposite ends of the building and with separate meal times. Our protocol for field trips, labs, and classroom activities has always included separating groups.   

There will be a minimum of 8 hours between the departure of one group and the arrival of the next to allow our housekeeping staff extra time to deep clean and disinfect all surfaces, using guidelines published by the CDC.

We continually monitor food service guidelines and have adjusted how we serve meals and drinks as recommended by government authorities including the Health Department.

We will limit the normal rotation of MarineLab staff so that each group of students is working with the same instructor and boat captain as much as possible. 

Our cleaning protocol has always included

disinfecting of the moisture-proof mattresses between every group

restrooms cleaned and re-stocked throughout the day

particular attention paid to all touch surfaces such as door knobs, hand railings, bed railings, toilet flush handles, countertops and tables/desks

Full disinfecting of all snorkel gear between users

At a minimum, we are now adding

hand sanitizer in every classroom, lab, the cafeteria, gift shop, and pavilion

more frequent disinfecting of all touch surfaces

disinfectant washes on the boats and for snorkel equipment after every use even though each participant keeps the same gear for the duration of their stay. 

Biodegradable hand soap on the boats

This is a responsive plan and subject to change as new guidelines become available and changes to restrictions are enacted.  Additional protocols may be added. Click here for a pdf version of this document.