ISOLATE IN NATURE:
Tour Schedule Update
Eco Tours on Pause
23 March 2020: Announcement
Regretfully due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and Victorian Government advice for non-essential activities to cease, WaterMaarq’s Eco Adventure Boat Cruise and Great Southern Reef Tour will be on pause until the next state announcement expected around 13th April. Should the ban be lifted, we will re-commence regular tour schedules following that date. Please contact us with any queries and thank you for your ongoing support from all the WaterMaarq crew.
Health & Safety On Board
To ensure the health and safety of all guests, we request that people at the highest risk of getting the virus to please self-isolate as per current Australian Government Health advice. It is advisable not to make a booking in this case, and as a general rule, do not attend if you are feeling unwell.
People at the highest risk include those who have been:
- recently in a high risk country or region (mainland China, Iran, Italy, or Korea)
- in close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19.
People considered at the most risk of serious infection are:
- people with compromised immune systems
- elderly people
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- people with chronic medical conditions
- people in group residential settings
- people in detention facilities
Reducing the Likelihood of Transmission
To reduce the likelihood of transmission, WaterMaarq boat tours are conducted with processes and procedures in place to protect your health and safety.
We have taken the approach to limit boat tours to between 4 and 8 guests only as well as publish these guidelines and information to assist WaterMaarq personnel and guests to minimise risks and maximise enjoyment.
We are encouraging isolated groups to attend, including your immediate friends, family and neighbours so that your shared experience is with the people nearest and dearest to you, whom you know. And in the event of mixed groups, provide as comfortable seating separation as possible to maximise space.
Our regular processes for cleaning and vessel preparation before and after each tour will continue, including common area and seating wipe downs, and bathroom cleaning. Hand sanitising rub is provided and bins for tissues and waste.
Being in the outdoors in the marine environment, we are fortunate to be surrounded by fresh air and water. Our research indicates that Corona Virus is not transmitted by water, and as such, the review of our processes gives us confidence that our practices are safe and hygienic. Please refer here for the basis of our current research and information.
Social Distancing Principles
To reduce the risk of transmission, social distancing principles are an effective tool and we will be employing these methods for tours until the relevant health alerts have been lifted.
- Reduction in crowding (tours limited to 8x guests, bookings encouraged for self-contained small known people groups)
- Physical separation of 1.5m where practicable (seating allocation optimised for maximum distance between guests; seat groupings for known people groups)
- Ensure high levels of personal hygiene (frequent hand washing, no sharing drink containers, refrain from greeting by handshaking, increase personal space for face-to-face contact where practicable, and reduce amount of time spent face-to-face, sneezing/coughing into elbow instead of hand)
- Any equipment including blankets issued for personal use not to be shared during the tours
- Vessel cleaning program maintained
- Pre-tour safety briefing to include messages to promote appropriate behaviours and awareness of risk reducing protocols and procedures
We have been advised that the wearing of surgical masks is only helpful when worn by people who are infectious and in the healthcare setting. Face masks will be worn by crew if specifically directed to under health or other biosecurity advice.