COVID-19 UPDATE


2021 Season to begin on June 14 - with Exciting, Safe, On-site Programming

We are looking forward to June! Our theme for the 2021 season is #reinsridesgain. Recognizing that our participants look forward to the summer season at REINS all year long, the Board of Directors is committed to an in person program. Safety protocols have been developed with the safety of participants, volunteers and staff as our top priority.  Classes will be modified to allow for smaller classes where indicated and safety protocols to be implemented. With the ability to ride outside in the new Freedom Ring, we feel confident that we can safely accommodate all our participants who want to be part of the 2021 season. See our regularly updated Risk Management Plan below for details. 

REINS RISK MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR COVID-19

Updated:   06/10//2021

REINS Inc. desires to protect the public as well as our participants, families, staff, and volunteers. To this extent, we will be following the Center of Disease Control (CDC) as well as state and local health department guidelines with regard to social distancing practices in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The following document outlines the procedures and precautions REINS will be taking to ensure the safety of all individuals. 

Statement of Caution

We ask that all staff, volunteers, families, and participants consider their own and others’ health and wellbeing and adhere to the following guidelines to prevent the spread of communicable disease such as COVID 19. These procedures are in place for the protection of all involved.

Anyone with the following symptoms or who has been exposed to individuals with symptoms should not attend sessions or enter the building.

Symptoms according to the CDC include but are not limited to

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • Loss of smell or taste

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • If you or a household member has been exposed to anyone with COVID-19, we ask that you follow CDC guidelines to quarantine for 14 days before considering coming to the REINS facility.

  • Staff, volunteers, and/or participants who have tested positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days.

  • Anyone who has been tested for COVID-19 may not return to work at REINS or services at REINS until a negative test result is documented.

  • If anyone in the household has been sick with anything within the 24 hours prior to your class time we ask that you refrain from attending for one week.

  • All individuals entering the REINS site must be free from any symptoms without use of medication for a minimum of 48 hours.

What to expect when visiting REINS Inc.

Upon entering the facility, everyone will be required to:

  • A COVID-19 check-in station will be placed outside near the entrance to the facility. A person will be at the check-in station to assist in the process.

  • Utilize the hand sanitizer or washing stations provided by REINS

  • Complete the check-in sheet each time you arrive at the facility. Anyone with visible symptoms, or who indicates exposure in the check-in sheet will be asked to leave for the safety and health of all involved.

    • If you have not already signed a COVID-19 release form, you will be asked to do so at your time of check-

MASKS

  • Fully vaccinated persons are not required to mask unless required for direct contact with unvaccinated participants as directed by their physician or guardian. 
  • Masks are required for all unvaccinated volunteers, staff and visitors when they are working with participants or in close proximity to others.

  • Parents/caregivers will be required to wear a mask while inside the building unless fully vaccinated. If you’re unable to wear a mask, the parent/caregiver may wait outside socially distanced from others or wait in your vehicle during the participants session.

  • REINS recommends that unvaccinated participants wear a mask. However, we understand that the vast majority of our clientele have disabilities that include sensory sensitivities or a disability that prohibits the safe wearing of a mask. Additionally, horseback riding is exercise and can increase respiratory rates (heavy breathing) for our riders. We are not comfortable with requiring riders to wear a mask during periods of exercise. For this reason, it is up to the individual and their family to make a reasonable and educated choice about masks for the REINS participant.

  • Disposable masks will be provided by REINS, we do encourage you to bring your own mask if you prefer.

Family Members/Caregivers

We are not limiting the number of family members who can be present during a class session. We plan to hold classes outside as much as possible, weather and client permitting. If class needs to be held inside, there will be family groupings of chairs in the viewing room spaced at least 6 feet apart for you to observe the class. We ask that you avoid congregating in areas and practice social distancing.

 

Facility Precautions Taken

  • All staff, volunteers, participants, and caregivers must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before and after each session.

  • All high contact surfaces will be disinfected throughout the day

  • There are multiple “sanitation stations” throughout the facility that will include hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and masks

We are in this together…Thank you for your cooperation and understanding! Together those at REINS will ride again