MBRSC COVID-19 Guidelines and FAQ

The COVID-19 safety protocols adopted at both Seattle Parks and Recreation Small Craft sites (Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing and Green Lake Small Craft Center) are designed to meet the COVID protocols of local, state, and National Governing Body (USRowing, USSailing, etc) guidelines.  Specifically, Seattle Parks and Recreation COVID guidelines, which has the greatest impact on Small Craft operations, is developed by the City of Seattle in conjunction with King County Public health and the State of Washington.  Our safety protocols are conservative by design and in some cases are more restrictive than the safety protocols that exist at other facilities in the area.

As we proceed through the pandemic, local infection rates, vaccination rates, and the latest science will continue to dictate the most prudent approach to safety.  We will continue to adapt our policies as Seattle Parks and Recreation guidelines allow so we can get back to normal as soon as possible.

Hopefully the following information will help you understand more about our COVID guidelines.

As always, please feel free to reach out to us at mount.baker@seattle.gov if you have any questions or concerns.

Vaccination Verification

As of October 25, 2022, all participants must provide proof of vaccination prior to participation.

We are using iCrew to upload and document the vaccination status of all participants in our programs. Those that have not been vaccinated must show proof of a negative COVID test result within 72 hours prior of participation in programs at Mount Baker.

How to submit vaccination results:

  • The simplest method is to upload an image of your vaccination card directly into iCrew. From your home page on iCrew, go to your Profile and select the up arrow below your account avatar.
  • For those who do not wish to upload your document, you may bring your vaccination records to the office during office hours. Acceptable records are:
    • Original vaccination card
    • Photocopy or photo of the vaccination card
    • MyIR mobile record of vaccination
  • Once a member of our staff has verified the vaccination status, we will update the “COVID Vaccination” document in iCrew

For those who will submit COVID tests in lieu of vaccination:

  • Bring a copy of the test results to the office prior to participation in the first session
  • Tests will be accepted from any testing provider
  • Tests are valid up to 72 hours after the results are given
  • Once a member of the staff has verified the test, we will update the “COVID Vaccination” status which will expire when the test results expire

For visitors to the office such as parents

  • Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test will be required prior to entry. Since we do not keep records of non-participants, verification must be provided at each visit to the office.
  • We will be happy to have a conversation outside if a visitor cannot provide documentation, but would not be able to process any payments or registrations in that case.

Program Equipment:

  • Currently, all equipment is available for program use, including 8+’s, 4+’s and double-handed sailboats
  • Equipment will be disinfected between each session.
  • When appropriate, equipment will be staged outside between sessions for quicker and more socially distanced access.

Social Distancing:

  • Masks must be worn at all times while on land at the facility, this includes both indoor and outdoor spaces. Disposable masks will be available if necessary.
  • Masks may be removed once participants and staff leave the dock.
    • Masks in single handed boats (single sculls, SUPs, Optis, Lasers, etc) must be removed due to the risk of unexpected immersion.
    • Masks in double handed boats or larger may remain on in accordance with WA State guidelines.  The risk of unexpected immersion is much lower in these craft.
  • 6’ distance should be maintained on land at all times
  • The following areas will be closed to participants and the public at all times:
    • Main office
    • Staff room
  • The following areas will be open to participants only during class times
    • Locker rooms
    • Boat storage areas (sailhouse, shellhouse, and south bay fitness area)
    • Small and large meeting rooms
  • Participants and staff are strongly encouraged to arrive shortly before their scheduled session and depart at their earliest convenience. We discourage group gatherings before and after sessions.
  • While social distancing is normal protocol, safety is our first priority. In emergency situations where staff may be called upon to physically assist a participant will be logged by staff for contact tracing purposes.  PPE including gloves and face shields will be available to staff on land and on the water for these instances.
  • No registrations or payments will be accepted on site, we strongly encourage participants to register online through Activenet or following links through MBRSC.org.
  • Risk & Release, COVID Release, and Medical Information (youth) forms will be handled electronically through Adobe Sign.

Screening:

  • All staff and participants will be required to pass a daily screening upon arrival at the facility. This will include a brief questionnaire and a no-touch thermometer check.
  • Records of those screened will be kept for 30 days to aid in contact tracing. Records will only include a pass or fail designation.
  • Anyone who fails a screening will be barred from the site for at least that day. The Seattle Parks and Recreation Site Safety Lead will communicate next steps to anyone that fails a screening.  See below for information regarding failed screening protocols.

Direct Exposure and Positive Tests:

  • Anyone unable to pass screening due to direct exposure should:
    • Reach out to Mount Baker at mount.baker@seattle.gov or at 206-386-1913
    • Participants who are fully vaccinated and are asymptomatic may return to programming after 5 days
    • Participants who are not vaccinated and are asymptomatic may return to programming after 10 days with a negative COVID test
  • Anyone who tests positive for COVID should:
    • Reach out to Mount Baker at mount.baker @seattle.gov or at 206-386-1913.  We will conduct contact tracing and inform anyone we determine to have been in direct contact.
    • Participants may return to programming after 10 days provided they are asymptomatic
  • In the event of a confirmed case at Mount Baker:
    • We will reach out immediately via phone to inform anyone determined to be in direct contact.
    • We will reach out via email to anyone who may not have been in direct contact but may have been on site at the time of exposure.
    • Seattle Parks may elect to cancel classes or close the facility for a day following an exposure.  Notification of closure will be sent via email, on our website, and by phone if possible.

Team Travel:

  • Seattle Parks guidelines do not allow for youth team travel outside the Greater Seattle Area defined as 25 miles outside the city limits.  This policy currently applies to Fall only, and it will be reviewed prior to the Spring 2022 competitive season.
  • Adult programs are not affected by the City’s youth travel policy, so adult teams may compete outside the area

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who is subject to the vaccination requirement?

All participants and anyone wishing to enter an indoor space.

Will home tests be accepted in lieu of vaccination?

King County guidelines do not allow us to accept home tests.

Who can review and approve vaccination or tests?

Currently, only Seattle Parks staff can review and updated results in iCrew, coaches are currently not authorized to approve. This means that participants in early morning programs will need to provide this documentation to the office on the previous business day.

Can I email the vaccination or test result to Mount Baker?

No, please do not email your vaccination status. The only acceptable means are via the iCrew portal or in person.

Can I upload negative test results to iCrew?

Due to the timely nature of tests and the iCrew upload system, we cannot accept uploaded test results. Negative test results will need to be presented directly to Parks staff.

Do I need to upload the vaccination status every time I sign up for a new class?

No, vaccination status only needs to be verified once.

How long will the vaccination requirement be in effect?

We do not know.

I am not vaccinated, how often do I need to provide a negative test result?

Tests are valid up to 72 hours after the test result. Regular participants in our programs may need to provide this documentation every three days, or twice a week.

My Float Test has expired since March, 2020 but swimming options are limited.  What can I do?

As always, safety is our primary concern, and the Float Test is an integral piece of our safety policies.  Anyone who’s float test expired between March 13, 2020 and December 31, 2021 will have their float test extended to December 31, 2021.  This should accommodate most participants in our ongoing programs.  Those needing new float tests can arrange for them at either a pool or at a lifeguarded beach beginning in late June.

The CDC has said we can do “[fill in the blank]”, why aren’t we allowed to do that at Mount Baker?

Seattle Parks and Recreation guidelines are developed locally with guidance from the State of Washington and King County Public Health and are conservative by design.