Health and Safety Guidelines

During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Attendance and Working
  • Pennsylvania’s Department of Health is recommending that if you have been to states with a high number of COVID-19 cases, that you self-quarantine for 14 days when you return. Please visit the website to see which states are affected.
  • Northwestern Stables requests that you do not come to the barn for 14 days after you or anyone in your household has visited any of the states listed on the above linked website.
  • All staff and campers/riders should wash their hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds and use a disposable paper towel to dry their hands. Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol will also be available and can be used.
  • Specifically, all lesson riders should wash their hands upon entering the facility.
  • Coughs and sneezes should be covered with a tissue. Used tissues should be discarded in the trash and hands washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used.
Cloth Face Coverings
  • In accordance with Philadelphia Mayor Kenney’s order, all people 8 years old and older will be required to wear masks (coverings for the nose and mouth) in the barn and outside when distances of 6 ft cannot be maintained. Masks are not required while mounted.
  • See information from the CDC about proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings.
  • Note: Cloth face coverings should not be placed on:
    • Babies or children younger than 2 years old
    • Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious
  • Cloth face coverings are meant to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptoms. Cloth face coverings are not surgical masks, respirators, or other medical personal protective equipment.
  • Staff will strongly encourage everyone at the facility to maintain a 6 ft. distance from one another.
  • Note: during beginner lessons, close contact between staff and riders cannot be avoided. A beginner frequently needs hands-on help mounting, adjusting the girth and stirrups, and learning how to place their hands on the reins. The length of time of contact is usually brief.
  • Campers will be assigned to a specific group for the week. The groups will stay separated as much as possible and the counselors assigned to the group will remain with the group for the entire week.
Cleaning and Disinfection
  • High-touch surfaces such as tables, benches, stall latches, shovels, commonly used tack, door knobs, and light switches will be cleaned daily. The bathroom will be cleaned daily.
  • Be aware that at the barn, true disinfection is not possible. That said, our staff will be doing their utmost to keep surfaces as clean as possible.
Shared Objects
  • Campers and Riders
    • Each camper and rider should bring his/her own horse grooming kit. Grooming kits may be purchased from the barn.
    • Each camper and rider should bring their own mask from home.
  • If possible, campers and riders are strongly encouraged to purchase their own helmet. The barn is able to lend helmets, which will be wiped down with disinfectant between uses.
  • Campers
    • Each camper will be asked to bring a clean plastic bin from home, labeled clearly on body and top with the camper’s name. The box should be large enough to store the items a camper will need during the day, such as a change of clothes, extra shoes, bathing suit, towel, etc.
    • Each camper should bring his/her own lunch AND SNACK. Lunches that need refrigeration may be given to the counselor to place in the refrigerator. The group counselor will hand out the lunches. Children should be reminded not to share their food or drinks.
    • Each camper should bring a full water bottle, clearly labeled with their name.
  • As much as possible, activities will take place outdoors. The barn is well ventilated and similar to being outside. Enclosed spaces (except for the bathroom and tack room) will not be used.
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Updated July 14, 2020