February 1, 2021
Coast Guard Face-Mask Requirements
The President issued Executive Order (13998), Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel that requires masks be worn on all “public maritime vessels, including ferries” to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued order, Requirement for Persons to Wear Masks while on Transportation Hubs, requiring all persons traveling on all commercial vessels to wear a mask.
OOGA has been working with federal and state partners to obtain clarity on the order, and to ensure safety and practicality of this order for our Guides and Outfitters - particularly those who operate on waterways.
Currently, our understanding is that face coverings would not be mandated in circumstances where the covering may become wet, and would cause a safety concern. Here is the current guidance from the CDC.
OOGA is convening with the Oregon State Marine Board to ensure that this interpretation of the rule is accurate and to ensure that enforcement of the rule will not adversely or unexpectedly impact guides and outfitters.
January 1, 2021
Announcing Our New Executive Director
We are very excited to announce Priscilla Macy as our new Executive Director. Priscilla brings a wide range of experience in the outdoor industry and a thorough familiarity with issues affecting outfitters and guides to OOGA. Read the full release HERE.
COVID-19 Operating Plans
State and federal authorities have provided as much guidance to outfitters as they can for formulating corona virus operating plans. In many cases, where concrete answers could not be provided they have pointed to general or specific guidelines from CDC, OHA or the Governor’s office and have indicated that we use those to make the best possible decisions regarding how to operate. Review general guidelines and find links to resources HERE.
Lower Deschutes River Outfitters Group
A new group has been formed under the umbrella of OOGA to represent the interests of Lower Deschutes River Outfitters & Guides. More information coming soon.