COVID-19 Policies for the Marine Protected Area Science Cruise as of June 2022:

During the Marine Protected Area Science Cruise, all staff are required to wear a face mask at all times through the duration of the program. As per the US Coast Guard, all participants (staff, students, teachers, and chaperone) must be masked when boarding, unloading, and anytime they are in the galley of the boat. All equipment and tools used during the Marine Protected Area Science Cruise will be contained to individual groups as much as possible and will be sanitized before and after each program. During the trips, the Conservancy can provide hand sanitizer, soap, and extra face coverings for anyone who may need one.

Participants acknowledge awareness of the COVID-19 pandemic; That COVID-19 is primarily spread person to person by people who are in close contact with one another, defined as within six (6) feet, through respiratory droplets passed by infected persons (who may or may not show symptoms); Participants do not have any COVID-19 symptoms identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and has had no known recent exposure (14 days or less) to COVID-19. Participants understands the CDC has identified persons at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include people 65 years and older and those with underlying medical conditions including but not limited to lung disease, heart conditions, immunocompromised, diabetes, and obesity; That there are risks and hazards associated with participation in this program.


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