In the light of the COVID situation a number of protocols have been implemented to ensure the health and safety of everyone aboard the Clasina.
- Please read, understand and comply with these guidelines.
- IMPORTANT! Fill out the form below, ONE WEEK before departure.
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The local hyperbaric chamber has issued the following notice:
- Do not travel to Orkney if you or anyone you have had contact with has experienced any symptoms of Covid-19 in the 14 days before your charter.
- Wash your hands as the primary method of hygiene for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water
- Use alcohol sanitiser gels as a secondary means of hygiene, not in place of hand washing
- Please avoid touching your face and wash your hands before and after eating.
- Please maintain physical distancing aboard the boat.
- If you develop any symptoms of Covid-19 within 14 days of your charter, please contact us immediately.
- You must wear a face covering while inside the boat and in close proximity of others.
- Monitor trusted news sources for up to date information
- Please ensure that you are 100% healthy prior to leaving home – if you are showing any signs or symptoms do not leave home. Your temperature will be taken prior to boarding and if you are showing a temperature you will not be allowed on board .
- Please supply all your contact details and your next of kin prior to the trip. These will be kept for 21 days after the end of the trip in case anyone shows symptoms then we can track and trace.
- There is a pre-trip ‘Signs and symptoms’ questionnaire: please complete this in the week prior to your trip and send it to the trip organiser by the Thursday before you leave on your trip. If you show any signs between sending it and leaving home please do not set off to join the trip. (Please note if you are a hayfever sufferer please let the meeting organiser know ahead of time.)
- There is a form to complete below to gather these details.
Traveling north to Orkney
Please ensure you bring a couple of face masks / buffs for the week and any required filters they may need. These will need to be worn throughout the week in all public areas.
On your way up to join us please ensure you wear a face mask at any services you stop at and fuel filling stations if you are paying or entering the shop / premises.
Prior to boarding the ferry your temperature will be taken by Northlink staff. If you are showing a temperature or any signs or symptoms then you will be turned away.
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Scottish Guidelines require you maintain 2 metres separation onboard the ferry and that you wear face coverings.
Once everyone is shown to be all clear of COVID signs, we can load the boat – we need to be conscious of maintaining space, a one way system will be in place on the boat the crew will give a briefing on this prior to any kit being taken off the deck and put inside. Please note face coverings must be worn whilst loading kit onto the boat. All kit can be loaded on to the deck and cars parked prior to any kit being moved to another area of the boat.
During the week
In light of COVID you are not able to share rooms with anyone not in your household or support bubble.
Prior to anyone heading inside the crew will give a briefing on the one way system and COVID boat etiquette.
There is plenty of deck space, please choose your area and put all your kit together there, and as much as possible keep your kit together in one place. Whenever you are out on deck especially when we are moored up face covering must be worn.
- You disinfect your kit on a more regular basis – as such it is suggested that bring some additional disinfectant with you to use on your kit during the week eg Chemgene. This includes any items that come into contact with breath – this includes masks, regulators, orally inflated BCDs, SMBs etc.
- It is also recommended that a defogging solution on your mask rather than spit, the quickest way to make this is to mix a very mild solution of baby shampoo and water. Use 15-18 drops of baby shampoo mixed with 75 ml water in a spray bottle. Spray it in your mask and swish it around thoroughly so it touches every surface of the glass. Remember to shake well before use. If you do choose to continue with spit please do not rinse in the mask bucket.
Where help kitting up is required – ensure face coverings are in place if you do not have a diving mask on and mouth piece in.
As mentioned above the initial plan is for each household/support bubble to have your own cabin, please keep all your items that are not on the dive deck or in use in your rooms (ie not in the communal areas)
There are three heads on the boat – one is for crew only please do not use this one at all. The other two heads are for guests, one on the deck and one in the main cabin area. These areas must be kept clean at all times, guests are just as responsible for this in these times, as the crew are. When you use the shower, toilet and sink please make sure all areas are wiped down with kitchen roll and antibacterial spray after use. There will also be hand sanitizer in the toilets.
There are two tables in the communal area so please ensure an even split of people across this area in order to maximise the space between you. Please aim to minimise any potential cross contamination of items and sharing of items in this area. There will be hand sanitizer and antibacterial spray and kitchen roll in this area to keep everything clean and wipe down shared / communal items.
Land based activities
Once we are moored up, if you decide to leave the boat please ensure appropriate measures are in place – eg face coverings on when you are in any public areas.
Be mindful that there are many in the local populace that are fearful of the lockdown relaxation and worried about the implication of people travelling to the island: please be considerate to these concerns and act accordingly. With reassurance and appropriate behaviour, these fears can be mitigated and assuaged to some degree.
Thank you for your time and understanding in these challenging times, if you have any feedback or ideas on how we can make things easier then please let us know.
COVID-19 Declaration Form
Complete the following form ONE WEEK before your charter: