We have been planning tours for international student groups since 1988. We have seen a lot of changes and faced a lot of challenges since that time. Safety has always remained one of our key ingredients to every successful tour. Our priority has always been the safety and well-being of our travellers.
The situation with the Covid-19 virus spread is changing on a daily basis and we take this very seriously and are watching the news constantly and monitoring the WHO (World Health Organization) and PHAC (Public Health Agency of Canada) websites for any new developments and updates.
While it is important to be wise and vigilant, it is equally important to not panic.
This is a world-wide pandemic and neither racism nor xenophobia will be promoted nor tolerated.
There are currently no travel bans or restrictions to any destinations within Canada or the United States.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the COVID-19 health risk as low within Canada.
As of March 12, 2020, the government of the United States of America has issued a statement that starting on Friday March 13, 2020 flights from Europe (excluding Great Britain) will not be allowed to land in the US. For Europeans entering from other countries, they must have not been in Europe for 14 days (symptom-free) prior to entering the US.
SYMPTOMS AND OCCURENCE
- The elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions (diabetes, respiratory…) are the most susceptible to the virus.
- For the general public, symptoms include fever and coughing.
- A very high rate (well over 80 percent) of those in the general public who catch this virus will have a full recovery.
PREVENTION, CONTROL AND CONTAINMENT
- For those who have symptoms we recommend that they report to an assessment centre in Toronto.
- If you are diagnosed with the virus it is important to subject yourself to self-isolation for at least 14 days.
- It is recommended that you wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds and that this is done frequently.
- Using hand-sanitizer is also recommended.
- When coughing or sneezing please cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or into your arm.
- Carrying sanitizing wipes to wipe down common areas of use is helpful.
- Some people are using masks and gloves to limit their risk of catching the virus.
- Avoiding large crowds and keeping a distance of about 6 ft of personal space is recommended.
- When greeting somebody, you should not kiss or shake hands – avoiding contact is the best advice.
- Avoid sharing personal items that come into contact with saliva … eating utensils, drinks, water bottles, towels …
- When boarding a bus, passengers are asked to advise our staff if they have any symptoms (fever, cough …). If they do, they will be asked to not go on the tour and will be offered to transfer to a future date at no extra cost.
- Buses have increased cleaning and disinfection frequency of high-touch surfaces such as sink tap handles, door knobs, light switches, front dash boards, hand poles, and seat rests using regular cleaners and Lysol wipes. Lysol containers can be found in the overhead compartment behind the driver’s seat.
- Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is located in the front entrance to the buses. There are refill supplies for this in the overhead compartment behind the driver’s seat.
- We will make several rest-stops on route to the destinations where passengers may wash their hands with soap and warm water.
- We use hotels where rooms are cleaned daily and there is an increased frequency in cleaning of public area … lobbies, elevators, restaurants …
- Our itineraries are flexible and subject to change.
- We are also referring regularly to information as provided from world and national health organizations and international travel associations (i.e. The Student Youth Travel Association – SYTA) and will continue to update our Plan as further information becomes available.
Should the Canadian government issue an advisory to not travel to one of our destinations (https://Travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories), a full refund will be offered to the passengers should they have purchased cancellation insurance.
We offer health/cancellation insurance prior to each trip departure, which must be purchased at time of first payment.
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