COVID-19 policies and protocols

Introduction

The WAC continues to adapt to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Our policies are designed to mitigate the risk to all individuals participating in our in-person programs. These policies were crafted using King County, Washington State, and CDC guidelines. We expect all members, participants, volunteers, leaders, and visitors of our in-person programs or facilities to adhere to these policies. These policies will continue to be refined as federal, state, and local guidance changes.

Requirements for all in-person WAC activities

  • Effective December 1, 2021, everyone 12 and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (as defined by CDC) to participate in any in-person WAC activities.
  • Effective January 7, 2022, everyone 5 and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in any in-person WAC activities.
  • Effective February 1, 2022, everyone eligible for a booster shot will be required to have one prior to participation in all in-person WAC activities, per CDC recommendations.
    • Verification of vaccination status will be the responsibility of the in-person activity leaders (class co-chairs, cabin hosts, or outing leaders), who may require participants to show proof of vaccination and may keep track of this information.
  • Masks are required for everyone 2 and older indoors and outdoors when physical distance cannot be maintained.
  • After participation: If a member believes they may have been contagious during a recent WAC activity and possibly exposed others to COVID-19, the must report to the WAC (e.g., if you test positive, develop COVID-19 symptoms or find out you were in close contact with someone who tested positive (within 6 feet of the person for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period)). The WAC will inform all potential close contacts and will not share any names without permission. To this end, attendance for all in-person WAC activities will be tracked by activity leaders, including cabin hosts.
  • Compliance with this policy is a condition of participation in any in-person WAC activity.

Guye Cabin and other indoor WAC activities

  • Anyone entering Guye Cabin or participating in any indoor WAC activity must comply with the vaccination requirement outlined above.
    • Cabin host will determine how to verify vaccination status of any cabin guests.
    • Class co-chairs or other activity leaders will determine how to verify vaccination status of any participants.
  • Guye Cabin will remain exclusive-use until January 7, 2022, at which point Friday and Saturday evenings will be open to general use, limited to 20 people.
  • Masks are required at all times indoors for anyone ages 2 and older, unless eating, drinking, or sleeping (while maintaining physical distance) when the indoor space is occupied by individuals from different households.
    • As a general rule, when Guye Cabin is occupied by a single household (i.e., exclusive-use reservation), the requirements are waived.
  • The WAC discourages eating and sharing food with members who do not share the same household.

Outdoor WAC activities

  • All participants must comply with the vaccination requirement outlined above.
    • Class co-chairs or outing leaders will determine vaccine verification methods for any outdoor activity.
  • Masks are required outdoors for anyone ages 2 and older when physical distance cannot be maintained. 
  • All participants who do not share a household should keep 6 feet of space between themselves and others.
    • The WAC discourages the sharing of tents and carpooling by participants who do not share a household.
    • The WAC discourages sharing food, cooking equipment, drinking vessels, and other high-contact gear with individuals from different households 

Reporting potential exposures

If a member believes they may have been contagious during a recent WAC activity and possibly exposed others to COVID-19, they must complete the WAC COVID-19 Potential Exposure Reporting Form (e.g., if you test positive, develop COVID-19 symptoms or find out you were in close contact with someone who tested positive (within 6 feet of the person for 15 minutes over a 24-hour period)).

Questions or feedback?

Please email covid@washingtonalpineclub.com with any questions or feedback.These policies will continue to be refined as federal, state, and local guidance changes. We recognize that these policies do not cover every situation, and in most cases situations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis with the WAC COVID response team, class co-chairs, cabin hosts, and any concerned members.