COVID-19 and the 2021 Summit and What’s Your Everest

With the evolving COVID-19 situation, we wanted to provide participants in our No Barriers 2021 Summit and What’s Your Everest events with an update on our COVID-19 protocols.  As you may know, these events serve many participants from vulnerable populations including those known to be more susceptible to COVID-19 such as people with a weakened immune system or other conditions such as lung disease, obesity, advanced age, diabetes and heart disease.  One of the most beautiful things about these events is that we attract diverse people from all walks of life and we create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all.  Regardless of your personal choices on COVID-19, we ask you to be open to other participants’ choices.  We’ll also ask you to follow our policies if you plan to join in person, even if you don’t fully agree with them.  As you may know, you can also choose to join the Summit virtually if this is a better fit. These COVID-19 policies and procedures are designed to maximize our ability to continue to serve all participants in a safe and welcoming environment.  

No Barriers has leaned on industry leaders, reviewed federal, state, and local guidelines, and critically thought about how to reduce the risk of COVID-19 on our programs.  Our goal was to come to a balance of realistic parameters that still allow us to logistically and financially operate.   Our policies are based on a combination of:

  • Guidelines set forth by Federal, State, and Local governments.
  • Practices created by industry leaders and peer organizations.
  • No Barriers medical advisor guidance.
  • Adhering to all protocols in our operating environment.

Because local, state and national recommendations are changing regularly, these policies may change right up to the day of the event. We’ll be updating all registered participants if any changes occur.

-At a bare minimum, we are required by law to follow all local county policies.  We are closely monitoring the frequently changing COVID-19 requirements for Summit County (the County where these events will take place).  You can read these local policies yourself here: https://www.summitcountyco.gov/1306/Coronavirus

-For all outdoor activities, we are not requiring masks.   Virus transmission in outdoor environments continues to be relatively low-risk. This means you will likely be in nearby contact with unmasked vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals while outside at these events.  You will have the ability to socially distance in these outdoor situations and, of course, can choose to wear a mask if that is what makes you most comfortable.  However, if you are on a rope team that involves guiding someone else, you may not be able to socially distance yourself.

-Nearly every activity at our event is intentionally planned to be OUTSIDE.  However, we will be requiring all participants to wear masks for any INSIDE activities.  This includes vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.  Though Summit County is not currently requiring masks indoors, many individual businesses and agencies have started to adopt an indoor masking policy after recent CDC recommendations.  Wearing masks inside is in keeping with the latest CDC Recommendations on mask wearing in areas of substantial or high transmission.   As of this writing, Summit County is considered an area of high transmission.  You can read more about the CDC recommendations here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html  

Our main INSIDE activities will only take place in the event of bad weather.  Though we have booked an alternate indoor space that will allow for social distancing in case of inclement weather, we will err on the side of getting wet, delaying start and end times; and/or abbreviated performances before moving things inside. We ask you to bring appropriate clothing to keep you dry and warm.  

Please note that we are using facilities such as hotels and event centers where there will be visitors and staff who are not a part of our event.  We cannot ask these individuals to abide by our No Barriers policies.  This means you may encounter unmasked individuals inside who are not a part of our group.

-PRIOR to arriving at the Summit, we are asking participants to…

  • Maintain physical distance from people who may have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Cover your face when indoors in areas of high transmission.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Seek immediate testing and self-report if you experience COVID-19 symptoms.

-DURING your time at What’s Your Everest and the Summit, we ask that you make a commitment to containment by:

  • Abiding by our COVID-19 policies 
  • Dining outside when you are able
  • Wearing masks inside in public areas (even when not at our events)
  • Washing hands frequently
  • Choosing not to attend if you are feeling ill or experiencing any positive COVID symptoms
  • Socially distancing to your comfort level
  • Being welcoming and accepting of other peoples’ personal choices as it pertains to COVID-19

Deciding to Join Us

If you’ve decided to join our No Barriers events,we can’t wait to see you. Please consider the following risks to yourself, people in your household, and others that you interact with.

  • Do you, or anyone in your home have any pre-existing medical conditions that make you more vulnerable to COVID-19?
  • Are you comfortable being exposed to hundreds of people at our events or in an airport / airplane if you fly to your program?
  • Are you willing to comply with all protocols around physical distancing and mask wearing, even if it conflicts with your personal opinions and viewpoints?
  • Do you understand that your comfort level with exposure may be different than other participants?

Considering the nature of our programs, here are some of the potential COVID related risks you need to be aware of when making a decision to attend a No Barriers field program.

  • You will be in unavoidable close proximity to other people.
  • There has been, and always will be, a potential for illness, including, but not limited to COVID-19.
  • Safety-based decisions made by our No Barriers teams will be based on organizational policies, constantly changing variables, and staff perception and interpretation.  By nature, there can be errors in judgment and decision-making.
  • You will be relying on your fellow participants to comply with the protocols set forth by the organization, and while we may be able to remove non-compliant people from a program, we cannot force them to immediately comply.

We are thrilled to be able to offer in-person programming and can’t wait to see you soon.  We appreciate your willingness to abide by these guidelines during your time within our community.  Thanks so much for your understanding and your support of No Barriers!

COVID-19 Test Sites

Summit County is offering free COVID tests as of 8/18.  If you are not feeling well and want to get a COVID-19 test, there are several COVID-19 testing sites in the area of the No Barriers Summit with the closing one being a new site that Mako Medical added at the Breckenridge Recreation Center parking lot.  It is currently operating seven days a week from 9am to 6pm every day. The site is located at 880 Airport Rd, Breckenridge. Complete the registration form for a quicker process upon arrival. There are also sites in Frisco and Silverthorne: https://www.summitcountyco.gov/1324/Testing

August 12, 2021
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