Planning for Six Feet Apart
As a “non-essential business”—a lousy term that makes us swallow our entrepreneurial pride—Butter and Egg Adventures is temporarily closed.
We just completed a small business survey asking what contingency plans we have for dealing with the pandemic. WE ARE planners…we constantly plan for rain delays, accommodating large groups without waiting in line too long, feeding all our guests without wasting too much food, adjusting our schedules when groups arrive later than planned, scheduling our college student staff around their class schedule availability. We Never Stop Planning! But, did we plan that we would host only one spring school field trip?… cancel months of weekend retreats and campouts?…go weeks without hearing the familiar hum of the ziplines?…not cook a single guest meal for months?…go days without a single phone call?…or not enjoy the camaraderie of our wonderful guides? Nope, never adopted a contingency plan for those scenarios in the wake of a pandemic.
For a time we thought we may be able to remain open prior to the state’s shutdown orders. But, the reality is that our business is built for close contact. We adjust harnesses and helmets on each guest. We embrace the teachers who return year after year with a new class of kids to experience Camp Butter and Egg field trips. We high-five the brave souls who make it to the top of the climbing wall. We serve as spotters for challenge course participants. We double check the fit of every life jacket before sending boaters out in the lake. We play elbow-to-elbow in the GaGa pit. How can we possibly operate while maintaining a 6-foot separation?
As the economy slowly re-opens, we’ve begun planning for recreational opportunities we can offer that allow us to abide by health and safety regulations that are certainly needed as we exist to the “new normal.”
- Might our staff wear masks or face shields? Maybe.
- Will we adopt new greetings and celebratory gestures that keep us from touching one another? Likely.
- Will we have need of harnesses and helmets for the summer? Tough to say.
- Can we create new ways to facilitate team building programs with participants who aren’t in close proximity to one another? Probably.
- Will the demand for adventure recreation still exist? YES! YES! YES! After months of isolation we have to believe that the public will be longing to play outside and return to social activities that challenge and return them to having fun with others.
In the meantime, rest assured that we’re planning for your return.