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BRV Trip Guidelines | Covid 19
BRV Trip Guidelines 2021 – Year 2 of the Coronavirus pandemic

(3-28-21) BRV has begun listing and organizing trips this year, and we have added several commons sense provisions to avoid transmission of Covid-related illnesses. We expect many of our members will be vaccinated by late April, but even if you are you can still transmit the deadly virus, so let’s all be vigilant, careful, and avoid close contact on the river and when running shuttles.

BRV has largely adopted the updated the trip and shuttle guidelines developed by Canoe Cruiser Association, which include the following tips:  

  • Stay in small groups, keep recommended social distancing,
  • Avoid shuttling (with the exceptions below) and carpooling except with pandemic-fellows like family members, etc. 
  • If you are feeling ill, stay home.
  • Seek areas with uncrowded parking. 
  • Set trips early or late in the day if possible, to avoid mid-day crowding in parking areas and on rivers.
  • Wear a proper fitting and functioning face mask covering mouth and nose in parking lots when unknown people are near.  When you get home, wash your hands and the mask in soap and water.
  • If helping others with their boat, ask first and remember to keep your distance.  Keep sanitizer ready and pack a mask in a ziplock bag in your PFD.
  • Separate at least six feet at all times, including on the river. Paddle below your skill level. Spills that require assistance put you and your companions at risk. Injuries put the entire medical community under duress.


  • Try routes with shuttles that can be done by bicycle, on foot, or with roller carts. See the listing of shuttle-less trips you can take during COVID-19 on CCA's Paddling Trips page.
  • Schedule local runs to avoid long shared shuttles.  
  • Masks worn while in shuttle vehicles
  • Windows open to allow air circulation
  • Each person should have their own open window (no middle seat passengers, or people crammed into those little jump seats in a truck cab, etc)
  • Do not attend if you think that you may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past two weeks, or if you have any of the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. 
  • All participants must have a face mask to be worn when social distancing cannot be maintained.