Health and Safety Guidelines

During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Attendance and Working

  • All campers/riders, staff, and visiting guardians/siblings should stay at home if
    • they are sick or have been in close contact with a person with COVID-19
    • they have tested positive for COVID-19 or are showing symptoms
  • If campers or staff have had close contact with a person with COVID-19 or they have been sick with COVID-19, they should follow these guidelines about when to return to the barn.

Travel

Riders and family members visiting the barn following travel to/from COVID-19 hot spots should practice appropriate public health measures. This includes but is not limited to quarantining upon you return home and masking even if you are vaccinated whether or not a state or local manade is in effect.

Hygiene

  • All campers/riders, staff, and visiting guardians/siblings 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 must wash their hands upon entering the facility and prior to interacting with the horses.
  • 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

  • The City of Philadelphia has reinstated a mask mandate indoors. All campers/riders, staff, and visiting guardians/siblings should wear masks (coverings for the nose and mouth) while inside the barn. During group lessons, masks are highly recommended and should always be worn the student is unvaccinated or unable to maintain a distance of 3 ft. from other students or staff.
  • 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.

Distancing

  • Staff will strongly encourage everyone at the facility to maintain a 3 ft. distance from one another. For beginner riders, staff may give brief help mounting and adjusting stirrups or girths.
  • To mitigate the spread of the virus, spectators should maintain a 3 ft distance from people not in their immediate household.
  • Riders should be dropped off no more than 20 minutes prior to their lesson and picked up 15 minutes after their lesson. 

Cleaning and Disinfection

  • High-touch surfaces such as tables, benches, stall latches, shovels, commonly used tack, door knobs, and light switches will be cleaned frequently. 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. Disposable shower caps are also available to be worn with the helmets.

Outdoors/Indoors

  • 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.