COVID-19 Safety Measures

Please read the following disclosure regarding COVID-19, then click on the button to the right to download our COVID-19 LIABILITY ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM. This form must be printed, completed, and either faxed to (845) 988-5980 or emailed to info@winslow.org prior to your first day back at Winslow, or presented upon arrival on your first day back.

Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center COVID-19 Infection Control Plan for all Facility Activities
Revised: May 7, 2021

*The following infection control plan is to be followed by the participant whose name appears at the top of the COVID-19 Liability Acknowledgement form. The term “participant” pertains to all who participate in any activity at Winslow Therapeutic Riding Facility (WTRC) including but not limited to riding lessons, unmounted lessons, and volunteering.

Section A: Overview

  1. Facility Entrance/Exit
    a. Lesson participants and one adult may enter the main lobby no earlier than 5 minutes prior to their lesson to make payment and complete the health screen with a WTRC Staff Member. Until further notice, individuals are not permitted into WTRC’s waiting room, helmet closet, and spectator areas (both inside and outside). Anyone who is not a lesson participant in their own personal lesson, working volunteer, or staff member, must remain in their car – until further notice, permission to walk our property is with staff approval only and must be supervised by staff.
  1. Health Screen and Temperature
    a. Everyone on WTRC’s property must complete a health screen each time they arrive which will include taking their temperature and answering health screen questions to ensure the safety of all individuals on property.
    b. Temperature at time of screening must be below a 99.4oF without the use of any substance which regulates temperature including but not limited to: aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), or ibuprofen, in order to enter WTRC’s premises.
  1. Hygiene and Masks
    a. Handwashing or hand sanitizer must be completed prior to entering the arena and upon exiting the facility, social distancing, and a mask (covering both nose and mouth, and provided by the participant) will be required of all individuals at all times within the facility per NYS guidelines which can be found at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/protect-yourself-and-your-family-coronavirus-covid-19. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the facility.
    b. Masks may be removed when outdoors while observing social distancing with the exception of all individuals involved in a lesson.
  1. Travel Restrictions
    a. Participants who travel should follow all NYS Guidelines regarding travel restrictions prior to returning to WTRC by visiting https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory

i. This does not apply to the tristate area – if an individual resides in New York, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania, and travel to one of these states, they are permitted to return to WTRC upon return.

  1. Positive COVID-19 Test Result
    a. Please notify WTRC immediately of your positive COVID-19 test result. We follow NYS Guidelines regarding isolation which can be viewed at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing. Participants can only return after adhering to the NYS guidelines.b. If a member of your household tests positive, the participant should not return to WTRC until the household member is also cleared by a physician to return to social interactions.
  1. COVID-19 Secondary Exposure
    a. If an individual comes into contact with another person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (secondary exposure), please inform WTRC immediately. We follow regarding quarantining which can be viewed at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing. Participants can only return after adhering to the NYS guidelines and receiving a negative test result. 
  1. Additional Information for Lesson Participants
    a. Helmets are no longer available to borrow from WTRC. All lesson participants MUST purchase an SEI-ASTM approved helmet in order to participate in a lesson (helmet to be approved by WTRC staff). No other helmet will be permitted to ride with, this includes but is not limited to: snowsports helmet, biking helmets, skating helmets, etc.

i. SEI-ASTM helmets can be purchased from WTRC for $35 (inquire with Staff) at our local tack store, Green Valley Tack, where WTRC participants can receive a 10% discount, or online at shops such as Stateline Tack, SmartPak, etc.
ii. It is recommended that lesson participants purchase horseback riding gloves to wear while at the facility and their own set of horseback riding reins (reins to be approved by WTRC staff). Both can be purchased at the locations mentioned above.

  1. Risk/Benefit Assessment
    a. Each individual participating in any activity at WTRC, will be required to review this COVID-19 Infection Control Plan and the individual and/or their legal guardian will be required to fill out the COVID-19 Liability Acknowledgement form prior to participating in any activities.

i. When the risk/benefit is reviewed and it is seemed that the individual is at a significantly greater risk as deemed by NYS, the individual will be unable to resume in activities at WTRC until phase 4 or 5 and/or may be asked to provide documentation of approval from a physician. Alternate activities may be explored if the individual is unable to return to the facility.
ii. The risk/benefit may indicate specific considerations which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
iii. The risk/benefit will determine if the individual has a greater potential of exposing others to bodily fluids if they sneeze frequently, drool, or discharge other respiratory fluids frequently. If this is the case, the individual will not be able to return to WTRC until phase 5. Alternate activates may be explored if the individual is unable to return to the facility.

  1. Payment Rendered for Services
    a. Preferred Method: pay by check made payable to WTRC.
    b. Pay with cash – exact cash required, no petty cash to make change is available.

Section B: Phased Reopening Plan

  1. Reopening Plan Phase #1
    a. Lesson Participants

i. WTRC will resume on-site lessons for participants who do not require a horse leader, sidewalker, or need any direct assistance at any time during their lesson. Lesson participants returning in phase 1 must be confidently independent in their riding skills, able to mount and dismount by themselves, and wear a mask.

b. Volunteers will not return during phase 1 to limit the number of individuals on-site.
c. Visitors are not permitted during phase 1.
d. Maximum of one lesson participant per instructor and no more than two lesson participants in either arena at a time. If two siblings are in a lesson together, they may participate in a semi-private lesson or two separate group lessons when the arena is free from all other lessons. No toys will be permitted for use during lessons during phase 1.

  1. Reopening Plan Phase #2
    a. Lesson Participants

i. WTRC will resume on-site lessons for participants needing assistance during mount/dismount only to hold their horse. Lesson participants returning in phase 2 must be confidently independent in their riding skills, able to mount and dismount by themselves, and wear a mask.

b. Volunteers will not return during phase 2 to limit the number of individuals on-site.
c. Visitors are not permitted during phase 2.
d. Maximum of one lesson participant per instructor and no more than two lesson participants in either arena at a time. If two siblings are in a lesson together, they may participate in a semi-private lesson or two separate group lessons when the arena is free from all other lessons. No toys will be permitted for us during lessons during phase 2.

  1. Reopening Plan Phase #3
    a. Lesson Participants

i. WTRC will resume on-site lessons for participants who need minimal assistance throughout their mounted or unmounted lesson and only need a horse leader during a mounted lesson. Lesson participants are required to wear a face mask at all times and need minimal assistance from staff to follow hand washing and social distancing guidelines.

b. Volunteers returning must be self-directed and independent in their roles, and be willing to wear a mask at all times.
c. Visitors are not permitted during phase 3 unless approved by WTRC staff.
d. All semi-private and group lessons will be allowed under the discretion of WTRC staff with no more than five lesson participants in either arena at a time. No toys will be permitted for use during lessons during phase 3.

  1. Reopening Plan Phase #4
    a. Lesson Participants

i. WTRC will resume on-site lessons for participants in phase 4 for participants who need minimal assistance throughout their mounted or unmounted lesson, need a horse leader/spotter during a mounted lesson, and who do not need active assistance from sidewalkers. Lesson participants are required to wear a face mask at all times and need minimal assistance from staff to follow hand washing/hand sanitizer and social distancing guidelines. Participants deemed at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 by NYS may be eligible to return and may require additional documentation from a doctor.

b. Volunteers who need minimal assistance from staff or other volunteers and who are willing to wear a mask at all times are welcome to return to volunteer opportunities.
c. Visitors are not permitted during phase 4 unless approved by WTRC staff.
d. All semi-private and group lessons will be allowed under the discretion of WTRC staff with no more than five lesson participants in either arena at a time. No toys will be permitted for use during lessons during phase 4.

  1. Reopening Plan Phase #5 – to be determined as NYS guidelines develop
    a. Lesson Participants

i. WTRC will resume on-site lessons for participants in phase 5 for participants who require full assistance through their mounted or unmounted lesson and need active leaders/spotters and indirect or direct contact from sidewalkers. Lesson participants are required to wear a face mask at all times and need minimal assistance from staff to follow hand washing/hand sanitizer and social distancing guidelines. Participants deemed at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 by the NYS may be eligible to return and may require additional documentation from a doctor.

b. Volunteers who need minimal assistance from staff or other volunteers and who are willing to wear a mask at all times are welcome to return to volunteer opportunities.
c. Visitors are not permitted during phase 5 unless approved by WTRC staff.
d. Number of participants allowed in either arena at one time, types of lessons to be hosted, and toys used during lessons, will be determined as NYS guidelines develop.

Section C: Family and Lesson Participant Procedures

  1. Family Members, Caregivers, and Visitors
    a. Families should bring only one person needed to assist with the lesson participant to help limit the number of people on site – this individual must stay in their car for the duration of their time at WTRC and wear face masks when others are present unless outside and observing social distancing. This applies to volunteers as well who are waiting for someone they dropped off for a lesson.

i. Until further notice, all spectator areas inside and outside are closed and WTRC is not allowing any individual to roam the property.

  1. Arrival Procedures
    a. Lesson participant and the one individual with them may enter the main lobby no earlier than 5 minutes prior to their lesson to make payment and complete the health screen with a WTRC Staff Member.
    b. Temperature will be taken and health screen questions will be asked.

i. Temperature at time of screening must be below a 99.4oF without the use of any substance to control their temperature including but limited to: aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), or ibuprofen, in order to enter WTRC’s premises. Individuals with a temperature above 99.4oF will be directed to return to their car and return home.

c. Handwashing or the application of hand sanitizer will be required prior to entering the arena.

  1. Departure Procedures
    a. Lesson participants will wash their hands or apply hand sanitizer prior to exiting the facility.
    b. Lesson participants will exit through the main lobby.
    c. All individuals will be asked to leave promptly after their lesson to allow for disinfecting and to limit the number of people on site.
  1. Additional Facility Procedures and Policies
    a. No feeding of treats at this time to any animals on WTRC’s property.
    b. No petting of any animals at this time other than the horse that the participant is working with.
    c. No entry into the facility for any individual other than WTRC staff, volunteers, and lesson participants unless approved by WTRC staff.

Section D: Volunteer Procedures

  1. The number of volunteers on-site at any given time may be limited when deemed necessary by WTRC staff.
  1. Arrival Procedures
    a. Volunteers will enter through the main lobby.
    b. Volunteers are to independently take their temperature, fill out the health screen questionnaire, and wash their hands or apply hand sanitizer prior to entering the arena.

i. Temperature at time of screening must be below a 99.4oF without the use of any substance to control their temperature including but limited to: aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), or ibuprofen, in order to enter WTRC’s premises. Individuals with a temperature above 99.4oF will be directed to return to their car and return home.

  1. Departure Procedures
    a. Volunteers will apply hand sanitizer or wash their hands prior to exiting the facility.
    b. Volunteers will exit through the main lobby.
    c. All individuals will be asked to leave promptly after their time at WTRC to allow for disinfecting and to limit the number of people on site.
  1. Additional Facility Procedures and Policies
    a. All individuals on premises will wear face masks when inside the facility but may remove their mask outside while observing social distancing.
    b. Volunteers are to wash their hands or apply hand sanitizer frequently throughout their time at WTRC, and most definitely if exposed to bodily fluids.
    c. No feeding of treats at this time to any animals on WTRC’s property.
    d. No petting of any animals at this time other than the animal you are working with.
    e. No entry into the facility for any individual other than WTRC staff, volunteers, and lesson participants unless approved by WTRC staff.
    f. Stay within the activity areas.
    g. Protective visors are available for volunteer use upon request.
    h. Volunteers and staff will be responsible for ensuring that all reins are sanitized after each lesson and all surfaces touched during the day are sanitized.
  1. Area Restrictions
    a. The tack room will be restricted to one person at a time due to the small space.
    b. The feed room is for staff-only until further notice.
    c. Bathroom in the barn aisle is available to all volunteers.

Key points to take away from this document:

  • Participants and Volunteers will ONLY be allowed to return if the COVID LIABILITY ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM has been received.
  • Participants may enter the main lobby no earlier than 5 minutes prior to their lesson to make payment and complete the health screen with a WTRC Staff Member.
  • Participants must purchase their own SEI-ASTM approved helmet.
  • Friends, families and visitors are not permitted in the building or to roam on the property at this time – please wait in your car.
  • Masks are required at all times by all individuals.
  • COVID-19 health screen questionnaire, temperature, and hand-washing are required by ALL individuals before entering the arena.
  • Riders are to touch their horse only, they will not be permitted to touch any other horses, the goats, or Sarah the cat.
  • No treats for any animal on our property at this time.
Download Acknowledgement

Returning & New Participants – Return to Winslow Checklist

  • Read over COVID-19 Infection Control Plan for Mounted and Unmounted Sessions

  • COVID-19 Infection Control Liability Acknowledgement form printed, completed, and faxed to (845) 986-6686 or emailed to info@winslow.org

  • Personal helmet purchased – MUST be SEI-ASTM approved, bike helmets will not be allowed. Helmets can be purchased from Winslow for $35.

  • NEW PARTICIPANTS! In addition to all above, please print and complete the new participant process by going to www.winslow.org/new.