Orient Land Trust is planning to reopen the hot springs later this summer. During this time with significant health risks worldwide, we are instituting reasonable steps to prevent the spread of the virus for visitors to the hot springs. Some of the required preventative measures may seem burdensome to some people while others will appreciate the need for some sensible precautions. Here are some of the new guidelines so that you are informed and can prepare for your next visit.
This is a partial list. We are considering other measures and there will be more detail. It is necessary and intimidating to add so many requirements. We will post more signs (unfortunate, I know) for ready reference as there will be much to remember. OLT employees also have new guidelines to adhere to and we are increasing scheduled staff hours for cleaning and disinfecting frequently throughout the day. The workload for staff is much increased even with fewer guests. Frequently maintaining clean surfaces, handrails, bathrooms, and common areas are labor-intensive. Even so, we cannot guarantee that the environment will be risk-free.
NO REOPENING DATE HAS BEEN SET YET
EXPECTED COVID-19 REOPENING GUIDELINES
SUBJECT TO CHANGE, LAST UPDATED 6/23/2020
CHANGE IN HOURS: Overnight admission from 1:00 PM to 12:00 Noon
NO DAY PASSES: We may be able to accommodate day visitors eventually. We will initially be reopening to overnight guests only.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: No Walk-In Admission
✓ ALL ADULTS REGISTER BEFORE ARRIVAL
GUESTS WILL SIGN AN ADDITIONAL WAIVER RECOGNIZING THE RISK OF COVID-19
BRING YOUR OWN
✓ DISHES & COOKWARE
✓ BEDDING & PILLOW
✓ FACE MASK
✓ BRING GAS OR PROPANE CAMP STOVES unless staying in Spruce, Sunset, Oak, Cottonwood, Willow, or Elm.
NO COOKWARE, UTENSILS, OR DISHES WILL BE PROVIDED.
IMPORTANT: WEAR A MASK - REQUIRED - ANYWHERE NEAR OTHER HOUSEHOLDS
REQUIRED - INDOOR COMMON AREAS except your own rooms
OPTIONAL - IN POOLS where breathing may be difficult
OPTIONAL - OUTDOORS away from others
We wear masks to protect others more than ourselves. Homemade and cloth masks are adequate. Bring more than one mask.
KEEP 6 FEET APART
WASH HANDS OFTEN
HEALTH SCREENED - NO ADMISSION IF RECENT SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:
⍉ FEVER OR CHILL
⍉ SHORTNESS OF BREATH OR DIFFICULTY BREATHING
LIMITED POOL USE: Specific numbers allowed in each pool. Rotate and be aware of others. Don't invite others into smaller ponds, don't invite yourself into an occupied pool. Give others a turn by moving at regular intervals.
PLAN ALTERNATE, INDEPENDENT ACTIVITIES - hiking, biking, sun bathing, wildlife photography, star gazing, inspired art and writing.
DISINFECT AND CLEAN AS YOU GO: Disinfectant and supplies will be available. Be proactive and attend to individual cleanliness.
⍉ ALL GROUP ACTIVITIES SUSPENDED - Astronomy, Bat Tours, Hydroelectric Tours
⍉ WELCOME CENTER STAFF ONLY - No amenities (Bathroom, Coffee, Computer, Phone)
⍉ SMOKING HUT CLOSED - Smoking permitted in your vehicle only
Orient Land Trust is a charitable non-profit. During normal times at normal capacity, we are able to meet our expenses and put aside a little money for infrastructure projects, land conservation projects, and maintain emergency reserves. Operating below normal capacities does not generate enough revenue to meet expenses. We do not want to increase the rates; some of our guests struggle with the current pricing structure. Please consider extra donations if you are able so that we can keep rates reasonable and not tumble into a deep financial hole.