Looking Ahead

Posted On: May 15, 2020 at 03:26 AM

Good afternoon anglers and friends. The Stardust family wants to reassure you we are taking this time to plan and train in new safety and sanitation procedures for when we are allowed to run trips again. We would like to share our guidelines and give you the opportunity to look over our new additional acknowledgment of risk form specific to COVID-19.

Day Trips

  • Cleaning and Disinfection Efforts - At this time, in addition to routine cleaning and disinfection strategies, we will implement more frequent cleaning of commonly touched surfaces such as handrails, countertops, restrooms and doorknobs. The primary mode of COVID-19 virus transmission is believed to be through respiratory droplets that are spread from an infected person through coughing or sneezing to a susceptible close contact within about 6 feet.
  • Reduce passenger loads
  • When safe and possible ensure there is 6 feet of rail space between each person.
  • Have all rails, counters and seating areas cleaned as frequently as possible but as reasonable for the circumstances.
  • Have soap and hand sanitizer readily available for crew and passenger use.
  • When practical only permit persons in the galley who are ordering and consuming food or going to the restroom. When possible, all patrons should be invited to eat outside as is reasonable and prudent.
  • Encourage passengers to observe sanitization and social-distancing parameters to the extent reasonably possible, while being considerate of the customer experience
  • Crew notifies Captain immediately if Covid-19, other respiratory illness of flu-like symptoms develop.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") the following may appear as symptoms of infection within 2 - 14 days after exposure to the virus:
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Loss of taste
  • Captain notifies (US Coast Guard, Landing, Owner, County Health, etc.) if crew member or passenger develops symptoms and to take steps and implement responsive measures, if any, directed by County Health officials.  Such measures may include imposition of physical separation of passengers to the extent possible within the physical confines of the Boat, early trip termination, diversion to nearer port for passenger treatment and/or medical intervention, and other individualized intercession as circumstances warrant.

Overnight Trips

Cleaning and Disinfection Efforts - At this time, in addition to routine cleaning and disinfection strategies, we will implement more frequent cleaning of commonly touched surfaces such as handrails, countertops, and doorknobs. The primary mode of COVID-19 virus transmission is believed to be through respiratory droplets that are spread from an infected person through coughing or sneezing to a susceptible close contact within about 6 feet. Therefore, widespread disinfection is unlikely to be effective. (CDC Guidance)

The bunks pads and all bunk room surfaces and hand holds will be cleaned between each trip.

We will provide pillows and blankets on every trip for each individual passenger which will be cleaned after each trip.

When safe and possible, ensure there is 6 feet of rail space between each person.

We will alternate head and feet positions in bunks to keep respiratory distance between persons on the Coral Sea that has tiered berthing.

Have all rails, counters and seating areas cleaned as frequently as possible but as reasonable for the circumstances.

Have soap and hand sanitizer readily available for crew and passenger use.

When practical, only permit persons in the galley who are ordering and consuming food or using the restroom. When possible, all patrons should be invited to eat outside as is reasonable and prudent.

Encourage passengers to observe sanitization and social-distancing parameters to the extent reasonably possible, while being considerate of the customer experience.

Crew notifies Captain immediately if Covid-19, other respiratory illness of flu-like symptoms develop.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") the following may appear as symptoms of infection within 2 - 14 days after exposure to the virus:

Fever

Cough

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Chills

Repeated shaking with chills

Muscle pain

Headache

Sore throat

New loss of taste

Captain notifies (US Coast Guard, Landing, Owner, County Health, etc.) if crew member or passenger develops symptoms and to take steps and implement responsive measures, if any, directed by County Health officials.  Such measures may include imposition of physical separation of passengers to the extent possible within the physical confines of the Boat, early trip termination, diversion to nearer port for passenger treatment and/or medical intervention, and other individualized intercession as circumstances warrant

PASSENGER ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND RELEASE (COVID-19)

Sea Landing (the “Landing”), Stardust or Coral Sea (the “Boat”) and the ownership, officers, directors, employees, crews and representatives of each, have adopted the following guidelines and conditions of passage for customers utilizing our services in response to Covid-19.

In light of the recent coronavirus (Covid-19) situation, including governmental agency responses, we have implemented new precautionary practices for our trips. This document outlines certain risks to ensure our passengers understand and accept the risks of Covid-19 (or other illness) exposure and the impact of our mitigation efforts before engaging in this activity. Each passenger, as a condition of participating in a scheduled trip must review and agree to the following.

(Initials)

_____ I REPRESENT that in the last 21 days I have not been diagnosed with and have had no symptoms of active Covid-19 viral infection. (You may initial this clause if you were diagnosed or tested positive for Covid-19 more than 21 days ago and have been free of symptoms for the last 21 days.) According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) the following may appear as symptoms of infection within 2 – 14 days after exposure to the virus:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

 • Fever

• Cough

• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

• Chills

• Repeated shaking with chills

• Muscle pain

• Headache

• Sore throat

• New loss of taste

_____ I REPRESENT that in the last 21 days I have not to my knowledge been exposed to or in close physical or prolonged proximate contact with anyone diagnosed with or having symptoms of active Covid-19 viral infection.

_____ I ACKNOWLEDGE that the Covid-19 virus can have a long latency period between exposure and the onset of symptoms and that persons without symptoms can carry and spread the virus. Thus, persons can be infected and contagious without knowing they are. I agree and accept the risks that other passengers or crew members may board and leave the dock while unknowingly infected and contagious for Covid-19.

_____I ACKNOWLEDGE that the Landing, Boat, their crew members and employees are not medical professionals, do not provide medical advice and are limited in the health information they can request or obtain from their personnel and customers.

_____I ACKNOWLEDGE that while underway I am expected to follow current CDC mitigation guidelines for virus containment and abatement, including washing my hands frequently, avoiding putting my hands to my face, and/or wearing facial coverings. Given the physical accommodations of the boat, it is not generally feasible to maintain constant 6-feet of separation from other passengers or crew members, either in the sleeping berths/bunks, eating in the galley area, or on deck when casting, tending fishing lines or retrieving fish. Crew members will encourage and I agree reasonably to conform to enhanced sanitization and social distancing measures, including:

• Use facial coverings when required and to the extent safe and practical

• Remain outside on deck as much as weather, safety and physical stamina permit

• Minimize congregations in the galley through staggered meals and encouraging access only for ordering and consuming food when weather, safety and physical stamina permit

• Endeavor to maintain 6-feet of separation from other passengers to the extent safe, practical and reasonably feasible, understanding that intermittent, close proximity—such as when retrieving bait or moving up the rail while retrieving a fish—is inevitable.

• On overnight trips,

o Bedding will be provided and washed after each trip

o Follow crew instructions regarding use orientation of bunks/berths to maximize respiratory distance between passengers while occupied

• Wash my hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

_____ I ACKNOWLEDGE the Landing, Boat, crew members and passengers will rely on me and other passengers to be socially responsible in our behavior toward fellow passengers and crew. I agree to comply with crew instructions while underway and acknowledge the Landing, the Boat and the Boat’s Captain reserve the right to remove, revoke on-board privileges, or ban from future trips any passenger habitually disregarding these measures or defying crew directives.

_____ I ACKNOWLEDGE that the Boat and its Crew in their judgment may pursue various responses if a passenger develops symptoms of Covid-19 (or other potentially contagious illness), including isolation or removal of symptomatic passengers, physical separation of other passengers or early termination and return to port. The Landing and Boat will review whether to issue any discretionary full or partial refund in the event of a disruption of the trip, and I acknowledge and agree that I have no right to a refund in such circumstances, except as issued in the unilateral discretion of the Landing or Boat.

_____ I ACKNOWLEDGE and accept the possibility that the crew members and passengers aboard a trip in which one or more persons develop respiratory illness symptoms could be requested to self-isolate and/or be placed into quarantine by health or governmental officials.

By initialing above, I have agreed to and consented to each of the foregoing clauses and the terms and conditions contained within them. I accept the inherent risks and, as a condition of taking, this trip, for myself and my heirs and assigns, I waive, relinquish and release Landing, Boat, their crew members and employees, and other persons acting for or on their behalf (collectively, “RELEASED PARTIES”) from and against all claims, liabilities and damages arising from, related to or connected with my participation in this trip, including without limitation exposure to Covid-19 or other infectious disease, any inaccuracy in the representations or promises of other passengers, and any impact of the implementation of the policies, procedures and practices adopted by RELEASED PARTIES in response to Covid-19. This waiver and release applies to all acts, conduct, omissions, and failures to act by RELEASED PARTIES whether sounding in contract or tort, and whether based on claims of negligence, gross negligence, or recklessness, and includes a waiver of entitlement to seek exemplary or punitive damages for any alleged intentional injury.

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