Health and Safety Guidelines

During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Attendance and Working

  • All campers/riders and staff 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.


“As of March 1, 2021, the Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health for Mitigation Relating To Travel is no longer in effect. Travelers should still practice appropriate public health measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 such as masking, physical distancing, and hand hygiene.” (Source)


  • 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

  • On June 11, 2021, the City of Philadelphia lifted the mask mandate indoors, but encouraged non-vaccinated individuals to continue to wear masks (coverings for the nose and mouth). If you attend a group lesson, are not vaccinated, and cannot maintain a distance of 3 ft from other people, you are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.
  • As per the City’s guidelines, all individuals associated with summer camp will be required to wear masks in the barn. When outside the barn and a distance of 3 ft (6 ft while eating or drinking) cannot be maintained, wear a mask. 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 3 ft. distance from one another. For beginner riders, staff may give brief help mounting and adjusting stirrups or girths.
  • Camp groups will eat at staggered times or in the meadow where they can space themselves out and maintain a 6-ft distance.
  • 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. 
  • 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 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.
  • 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.

Updated June 11, 2021