How do we deal with Corona? After months of uncertainty, the bullet has finally passed through the church; from 1 June 2020 we can hoist the sails again! We keep a close eye on the developments surrounding the Coronavirus.
We have drawn up a protocol that, from 1 June, ensures a Corona safe environment on board our ships during our sailing trips so that you can sail with confidence.
What does a Corona safe sailing trip look like?
We have made a number of provisions:
- Walkways of crew and customer are separated. This has been visualized with deck marker rims. Where this is not possible, we have made a waiting area and hand soap gel ready.
- Deck markings have been applied to separate the crew quarters and the guest quarters.
- In addition to the usual cleaning agents, additional disinfectants were purchased on board. Think of hand gel (alcohol base), cleaning agent (alcohol base), gloves, paper towels, etc.
- There are face masks on board, but please bring your own face masks.
- Upon arrival, each guest completes our health checklist.
- Adjustment as of July 20: during sailing, the 1.5 meter on deck no longer applies. Below the deck one should keep a distance of 1.5 meters. If there is sailing on the engine or the ship is in port, the 1.5 meter distance must be applied.
Corona Protocol of Noordvaarder Sailing trips
1. Pre-travel measures
- In the rental agreement we indicate the maximum number of participants that can be on board at the same time. The prescribed group size / composition as determined in the guidelines of the RIVM and the national government is decisive.
- Prior to the sailing trip, we contact the customer, in addition to the usual agreements, attention is paid to the group composition. 10 individual guests can sail on board our Victoria S. This can be extended by 4 people when there are 4 couples. When families come on board, we look together at the maximum number of people. On a day trip, 24 individual guests can sail. When couples or families are present, we discuss the maximum number of people together. Persons up to the age of 18 no longer have to keep a distance of 1.5 meters from each other, which means that there are more possibilities to be on board with a larger group.
- Payment for the sailing trip is made in advance
- Do not come on board when you have a cold, sneezing, coughing, sore throat, difficulty breathing, or fever
- The ship is cleaned according to our cleaning protocol
2. General measures
- There is clearly visible – in all public areas and rooms of the ship – a hygiene instruction.
- We explain to guests what measures have been taken and how they can contribute to a safe environment. (see instructions to guests and staff)
- We make sure that at the entrance (s) of the ship there is a possibility to disinfect the hands.
- In every cabin, at the public sink and toilets, there are pumps with disinfectant soap and paper towels (instead of cloth towels).
- When boarding we check for any symptoms that may indicate Corona. We do this on the basis of our checklist COVID19
- Safety drills are adapted to a 1.5 meter situation
3. Instructions to crew
- There is a daily briefing of the crew
- What is going well, what could be better, what needs to be adjusted?
- The crew serves as an example; everyone follows the rules.
- Crew clean according to on-board cleaning protocol
4. Instructions to guests
- At the beginning of the trip we give instructions to our guests, then we repeat this if necessary
- Wash hands often with disinfectant soap.
- Shake hands and avoid other physical contact.
- Sneeze and cough in the elbow or use tissue paper.
5. General measures Social Distancing
- Keeps 1.5 meters away (except members of 1 household)
- Walking routes are defined on board
- 1 direction where possible indicated by arrows on the ground.
- Where this is not possible, clear waiting areas are indicated
- Distance markings are provided where necessary
- Border areas are indicated where necessary
6. Going on board and on board
- Crew clean railings regularly and visibly for guests
- Crew organizes disembarking passengers with appropriate distance
7. General measures in case of catering on board
- No more buffets, everything is served per person.
- There is as little staff as possible in the kitchen. Kitchen staff and wait staff work separately.
- Kitchen staff and waiters wear gloves and face masks.
- The same conditions apply to self-catering
- Always wash glasses, cutlery, etc. with hot water and detergent
- Eat in two or more shifts according to predetermined groups.
- 15 minutes before cleaning between shifts.
- Use full space + strict seating arrangement to maintain 1.5 meters.
- Plexiglass table stiffeners are used if the distance can be less than 1.5 m
- Disposable napkins are used
- As much mono packaging as possible is used for toppings, but also think of pretzels etc.
- As little use as possible is made of food that guests must touch with their hands.
- Surfaces are cleaned regularly
- Always wash glasses in hot water with washing-up liquid
- There will be ventilation as often and as much as possible. During the day during the cruise, always open all windows and doors. This applies to all areas. We will also ventilate the cabins naturally as much as possible on the changeover day.
- If a crew member or guest suffers from cold symptoms (lung complaints and shortness of breath) and fever during the trip, he must leave the ship.
- If 1.5 meters are not possible due to exceptional circumstances, the emergency protocol applies.
We are of course also sailing all day in the fresh air!