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Experience! The Finger Lakes COVID-19 Health & Safety Policies and Procedures

What we are doing to keep you safe on our tours.

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At Experience! The Finger Lakes, our number one priority is providing a safe and healthy environment for our guests, tour guides, and community on all our tours. To ensure this, we will be enacting the following procedures on all tours while COVID-19 remains a risk in our region.

The Week Prior To Your Tour Date:

  • All guests on E!FLX tours will be requested to either:
    • Send in proof of having been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks prior to the date of your tour
    • Send in proof of negative/undetected results to a COVID-19 test that was taken within 5 days of the date of  your tour


Health Screening:

  • All tour guides will have their temperatures taken and will answer a series of health screening questions before their scheduled tour. Any indications of a temperature of 100.5 or above or possible illness from answers to the questionnaire will not be able to work and we will do whatever is possible to reassign the tour. If a replacement guide is not available, the tour will be canceled and refunds will be issued.
  • All guests participating in Experience! The Finger Lakes Tours will be asked screening questions and have their temperatures taken by their tour guide before entering the vehicle.

Screening questions to guests will include:

      • Are you feeling well today?
      • Do you have a loss of taste or smell?
      • Are you caring for someone that is ill, or have you had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks?
      • In the last 2 weeks have you been in a place were COVID-19 is spreading?

Prior to boarding, a non-touch forehead thermometer will be used to measure and record each guests’ temperature. For COVID-19 tracing, Experience! The Finger Lakes will keep this information on file in our office and only disclose it to the NYS Department of Health, if required. In the event of a “positive” contact through tracing, we will notify the guests on that day’s tour and the destinations visited that day. We will only disclose a “positive” contact and not identify the individual(s).

If a guest has a recorded temperature of 100.5 or above, or responds with a yes to any of the screening questions, the guest will not be allowed to board the vehicle. They will have the option to receive a full refund or reschedule their tour to a different date.

Social Distancing:

  • Tours in our Ford Transits will be booked and occupied by no more than 50% of maximum occupancy on our shared tours.
  • Venues on our tours are required to host our guests using safe social distancing and cleaning practices. If any venue is not abiding with these requirements set forth by the State of NY, the group will leave the premises.
  • Seats in tour vehicles that can not be occupied due to safe social distancing will be marked as unavailable.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

  • If your tour guide and all guests on your tour have been vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks prior to the date of your tour, guests will NOT be required to wear face coverings in the van, for as long as CDC guidelines indicate that this is safe to do so.
  • Tour guides and guests must wear face coverings at all times in the vehicle if there are any guests on board who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Tour guides must wear their face coverings at all times while on their tour, except for inside the van in the case where they and all the guests have been fully vaccinated. Guests must wear their face coverings at all times except when they are participating in their tastings or meal, or in the vehicle in the case when all passengers onboard have been fully vaccinated.   It is expected that guests will be traveling with their own face covering. If they do not have one at the time of the tour, E!FLX will provide them one.
  • All vehicles will have a plexi-glass shield to separate the driver’s cabin from the passenger cabin. Guests will not be permitted to sit in the driver’s cabin passenger seat, or enter the driver cabin during any portion of the tour, for both their safety, and the safety of the tour guides.


  • Each tour van will be equipped with hand sanitizer of a minimum 60% alcohol. Tour guides are required to ensure that all guests apply provided sanitizer every time they enter the van and then again upon exiting.
  • E!FLX will adhere to hygiene and sanitation requirements from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH), and maintain a cleaning log on each vehicle that documents date, time, and scope of cleaning.  All vehicles will receive a final disinfectant application the end of each cleaning using a ULV Cold Disinfectant Fogger with a CDC-approved sanitizing solution.

Our Cleaning Procedure:

After completion of a tour or prior to a tour departure the following steps will be completed in order to maintain a clean and safe environment for our guests.  All cleaning supplies and disinfectants used for cleaning are approved by the CDC to kill Coronavirus and help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Main Cabin:

    • Remove and empty trash receptacles. Wipe clean with disinfectant cleaner.
    • Wash interior windows and mirrors with glass cleaner.
    • Wipe seatbelts along with male and female connections and housing with disinfectant wipes or cleaner.
    • Wipe window hasps, seatbelt guides, seat grabs, pole grabs, rail barrier and rear shelving unit with disinfectant cleaner.
    • Vacuum interior upholstery including seats, walls and floor.
    • Spray interior all interior upholstery with spray disinfectant.
    • Wash vinyl flooring including cargo area and molding and seat mounts with disinfecting cleaner.
    • Wipe interior doors, locks and door opening and closing devices with disinfectant wipes or cleaner.

Driver Cabin:

    • Wash interior windows and mirrors with glass cleaner.
    • Wipe or wash dashboard and instruments, steering wheel, cup holders and area with disinfectant cleaner.
    • Wipe seatbelts along with male and female connections and housing with disinfectant wipes or cleaner.
    • Vacuum seats and floor areas.
    • Wipe/wash seat mounts with disinfecting cleaner. Wipe hand grabs, armrest area including window operators and lock operators with disinfectant cleaner.
    • Wipe/wash door interiors and door handles with disinfectant cleaner.

Spray full interior of van with ULV cold disinfectant fogger for final the disinfecting application.  (Disinfectant used is listed on EPAs list of approved products for protecting against Coronavirus.

Make sure all vehicle doors are open throughout the cleaning process for at least one hour to circulate fresh air into interior and dilute contaminated particles.

Experience! The Finger Lakes is committed to keeping its guests, employees, and community as safe as possible.  However, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.  COVID-19 is an extremely contagious viral disease that can lead to severe illness and death. By booking a tour with Experience! The Finger Lakes guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and sign an Assumption of Risk Waiver before embarking on any of our tours.

These policies and procedures are subject to change based on the evolving guidelines put forth by the CDC and the State of New York.