How LandPaths is responding to the Covid-19 pandemic

Category: Blog, Community Resilience, Covid-19

By LandPaths Staff

September 1, 2021


For 25 years LandPaths has actively worked for land and community in Sonoma County. Our commitment is further strengthened during the immense mental, physical, and financial challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Since March of last year, when shelter-in-place first began locally, we’ve updated our Covid safety protocols and policies according to the most recent information from local and state health officials.

We believe our local open spaces, parks, and preserves are essential places of healing, recovery, and connection for everyone. We appreciate the county, city, and other partners that have worked tirelessly to keep these much-needed places open for physically distanced walks, freshly harvested produce, expansive views, and quiet moments. This access to nature aids us collectively to keep going through these challenging times. 

At LandPaths we will continue to offer connections with the land and each other in creative ways, while rigorously following local Covid-19 safety protocols and policies. Our goal is to support our entire community to get outdoors safely. 

LandPaths’ Covid Safety Policies: Updated September 1, 2021

LandPaths created these Covid-19 policies first and foremost to keep all LandPaths staff safe, with limited risk of exposure due to behavior or activities in the work environment. Additionally, we hold a concern for the community—volunteers and participants in LandPaths programs.  

We created these polices from new OSHA requirements as well as research in best practices that includes input from the Center for Disease Control and State and Sonoma County Health, and LandPaths’ legal advisor.  We also commit to periodic updating as we get new information, or the legal requirements under the pandemic change.

LandPaths Covid-19 Policy: Updated September 1, 2021 

  • All activities may be conducted outside in small groups of no more than 25 participants 
  • Outside activities are conducted masks optional for vaccinated participants, maintaining physical distance as possible 
  • Outside activities with youth (primarily under 12) maintain mask wearing protocol 
  • Vaccinated staff and interns may carpool, with windows down 
  • Vaccinated staff may drive youth carpools, with windows down and masks on 
  • Vaccinated staff are required to get tested after known exposure 
  • Non-vaccinated staff, if conducting in-person public activities, continue weekly testing 
  • Food can be served in the following Covid-safe ways:  
    • Prepackaged food 
    • Single serving items with peels (citrus, bananas) 
    • Other food which can be distributed without gathering (no shared food utensils, shared communal bowls (like for chips) or potluck-style offerings) 
  • Office to remain closed until January 1, 2021. Until that time, essential work allowed, with a limit of 6 people in the office at a time 
  • For vaccinated staff, masks required in office unless they are able to maintain physical distance.

Continue Covid-19 safe behavior 

  • Maintain physical distancing when out in public 
  • Wash hands frequently 
  • Avoid touching nose, eyes, mouth with unwashed hands 
  • Stay home if you are feeling sick 
  • Vaccinated staff who travel do not need to test/quarantine unless:  they have had a known exposure, or they have symptoms 
  • Non-vaccinated staff continue to follow quarantine procedures 

How LandPaths has adapted to the pandemic since March 2020

  • Developed outings as interactive Zoom webinars. 
  • Piloted in-person Outings based on self-guided activities, limiting any contact or shared items and attendance consistent with County Health through reservations, and organized by households.
  • Developed IOOBY and IF Zoom or other video platform programming.
  • Created Covid-safety protocols to host in-person youth programming such as camps, adhering to all County Health Orders.
  • Implemented tele-work work plans for all staff.
  • Cultivate a culture of following County and State Covid Safety Guidelines at all times.
  • Actively Cultivating a Healthy Digital Community among our staff as we work remotely from home and in the field.  

We take the safety challenges of the ongoing pandemic very seriously. It is important to make choices that promote the health and safety of everyone in our community, from the youngest to oldest. We are monitoring the rate of virus cases in our County, and all health orders and policies.  

At the same time, countless news stories have run recently about the value of getting outside, in whatever nature is available to you. The pandemic has shown us yet again that nature is essential and fostering a love of the land has an impact on multiple levels. 

How can we be a resource for you?

As we continue to assess the situation and brainstorm ways to support our community, we encourage you to stay connected with the outdoors with LandPaths. How can we be a resource for you? Please let us know. Call us at (707) 544-7284 and leave a message or email us at outings@landpaths.org.  

Let’s continue to cultivate a love of the land, and support each other, however we can, though this current crisis. We cannot do this alone (even as we remain six feet apart). We are grateful for your part in this vibrant LandPaths community.

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