THIS IS A DRAFT ONLY.
We want to help you have an enjoyable and healthy visit to the Miramar lodge, which starts with being prepared, knowledgeable and taking precautions to keep healthy while traveling. While we all wish life was back to normal, the reality is we still have to navigate a world with COVID. Miramar has hosted many people at its lodge since 2020, and only a very small number have tested positive during or immediately after their stay. While none of those people became seriously ill and most had minor or no symptoms, this is group travel and it is possible that you or others may test positive for COVID during your visit.
Prior to your trip:
- We encourage you to comply with current CDC guidelines regarding COVID vaccinations and boosters.
- Proof of vaccination is no longer required.
- We encourage you to be extra careful a week before your visit to reduce your risk of having your visit disrupted by COVID.
- We highly encourage you to have a COVID test immediately before the trip. If you test positive, please notify us as soon as possible. You will not be charged a cancellation fee. (Proof of positive test required)
- Do not travel if you are sick, have any symptoms, or if you have had close contact with a person with COVID. If this occurs, please notify us as soon as possible.
- Be prepared financially to cover possible additional expenses. You may wish to consider purchasing trip insurance (WorldNomad has policies for around $40).
- You must bring your own COVID rapid-testing kits and high-quality masks.
- Make plans and/or provisions should your trip be disrupted by COVID, e.g.,
- Consider where and how you will isolate away from the lodge should you get COVID.
- Pack personal items, including any medical items, which may be needed if you must quarantine in Vermont for an extended time.
- Be prepared financially to cover possible additional expenses.
While at the lodge on-trip or off-trip:
- Under normal circumstances, masks are not required on the trip (subject to changes in federal, state or local regulations and guidance). However, wearing a well-fitted mask when traveling or in a public-setting is always a good idea. You should exercise the level of precaution that makes you most comfortable. Feel free to wear your mask, even if others aren’t.
- If you test positive while at the lodge, you must report your test to the trip leader (on-trip) or off-trip reservationist. Other people staying in the lodge will be notified that someone has tested positive. If on-trip, the trip leader may require masks for the duration of the trip.
- A trip leader may ask anyone, at any time, to take a rapid test. If you refuse, you will be required to leave the trip immediately. If you do not have your own test kit, one will be provided and you will be charged $20.
In the rare event you do test positive on while at the lodge:
- You will be required to leave the lodge/trip as soon as possible and will be responsible to arrange your own lodging, if necessary, and transportation home. (It’s understood that if someone tests positive late at night transportation may not be available. In this case, they would temporarily quarantine in the Quiet Room then first thing in the morning arrange transportation.)
- You will NOT be allowed to remain at the lodge.
- The trip leader, or off-trip reservationist, will provide information on local transportation and housing, but you must make your own arrangements. You can view a rough draft of this document here.
- Exceptions to this policy will only be made if medically or otherwise required and the Board approves.
- Refunds will not be issued if you test positive during the trip.