Anyone who is planning on coming to Wings of Hope Ranch is required to be aware of and agree to our current COVID-19 policies as follows:
I understand the uncertainties we as a society currently face as a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and therefore assume the risk of exposure by participating in events at Wings of Hope Ranch. I further understand that the staff and team members of Wings of Hope Ranch will do everything possible to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, however, there are no assurances that these steps are a guarantee against infection.
By signing this waiver I acknowledge that the staff and leaders at the Ranch will do their part in following the guidelines as established by local, state, and federal agencies, as well as guidelines established by the Ranch, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. I also acknowledge that I will do my part in ensuring the safety of myself and others while at the Ranch.
COVID-19 Wings of Hope Ranch Safety Protocols / Effective as of 07/2020
These protocols are based on CDC recommendations and are subject to change as we move through various stages of reopening per Virginia regulations or if more stringent guidelines are put in place due to a second wave of the virus.
Hand sanitizer will be available and required before beginning any activity at the barn.
1. Social distancing of 6 feet minimum should be maintained at all times unless safety is a concern (think double arm’s length). 10 feet is strongly recommended if possible. This will be facilitated in sessions in the following way:
Tacking up of horses will take place in the outdoor paddock instead of the stalls to allow for volunteer/rancher distancing
The Bible devotional time will take place outside in the riding ring rather than at the table in the shed to allow for distancing
2. Masks must be worn if more than 2 people are at the ranch working together. (If you do not have your own mask, we will provide one reusable bandana to you. These will be available at the "cleaning station" which will be set up in the barn for you. Please take one if needed, keep it for use at the ranch and wash after each use). Bandanas and masks must be worn over the mouth and nose when interacting with others and standing within 10 feet of each other. Please avoid touching it as much as possible. These masks can be taken down off of nose and mouth when you are more than 10 feet away from the next person, say in riding ring or separate stalls grooming etc.
3. Grooming buckets, helmets and boots: Please spray each item, grooming tool and bag with Lysol after each use. Sessions will be shortened to allow a 15 minute time period between sessions to clean and disinfect these items
4. Lead ropes/halters: Please limit your touching of many lead ropes and halters. For example, if you are there doing barn chores, use the largest halter to move all the horses in or out of the barn and spray with Lysol after your are finished with it. If you are there working with a specific horse, spray the lead rope and halter with Lysol when finished with it.
5. Groups that ride, work horses in riding ring, or meet in small groups at ranch: If you use bridles, saddles and pads, you can leave them on the benches in the sunshine outside the shed and the evening barn help will put them away. If it is supposed to rain, please spray each item with Lysol before putting away in shed. Supervisor will be responsible wiping down feed room door and stall latches after everyone is gone by spraying with Lysol. Gates, chains and tack will be naturally disinfected by the sunshine.
Illness Policy During Covid-19
We have to remember that the Ranch is a public place and that we’re not only responsible for ourselves, but for others. Some of our ranchers or volunteers may have compromised immune systems.
You are not to come to the ranch if you are experiencing any of the following Covid-19 symptoms (as described in CDC guidelines as of May 7, 2020): cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever (100.4+), chills, muscle pain, sore throat, loss of taste or smell.
If you are diagnosed with Covid-19 or anyone in your immediate household is diagnosed with Covid-19 you are to please notify Alison Boyd immediately via phone (804) 397-0469. This will allow us to inform anyone who has been in contact and appropriate measures can be taken to help mitigate its spread.
If you contract COVID-19 you will not be allowed to return to the ranch until 2 weeks after any of the symptoms listed above resolve or 72 hours after a negative Covid-19 test.
If you have COVID-19 exposure without PPE we ask you not to return to the ranch for 2 weeks after your exposure.
If any of these scenarios apply to you, and you cannot complete an assigned shift at the ranch, please contact Kennedy Hall (804) 839-3955, if you are a barn volunteer OR your session supervisor if you are a session volunteer to find a substitute for your shift(s).