Richmond SPCA Critter Camp and COVID-19 Policies

Effective July 31, 2021: The Richmond SPCA will return to requiring all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to mask while inside our humane center, veterinary hospital and training facilities. We are updating our mask policy in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who recommended vaccinated people in areas of “high” or “substantial” transmission of Covid-19 resume masking indoors. Richmond City and the surrounding counties have reached these designations. 

During COVID-19, the Richmond SPCA has put in place a number of precautions to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff, campers, visitors and clients. Camp counselors will disinfect shared surfaces, such as chairs and tables, prior to the start of each camp. All bathrooms will be stocked with hand soap, and hand sanitizer is available throughout the facility. Camp counselors and campers will be asked to routinely wash their hands. The overwhelming majority of Richmond SPCA staff have been vaccinated. Mask wearing, regardless of vaccination status, is required of all staff, volunteers and summer campers while inside the Richmond SPCA’s humane center and veterinary hospital. Counselors and campers experiencing acute respiratory illnesses must stay home. Unvaccinated counselors and campers who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive or is presumed positive for COVID-19 must stay home.

Daily Temperature Checks Campers and counselors will receive temperature checks upon arrival to camp each day. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4+ degrees, will not be allowed to stay for camp. A list of questions related to the current health of campers and their families will be asked each week.

Throughout the public health emergency, campers are expected to:

  • Wear face coverings that cover their nose and mouth at all times inside the facility
  • Bring and use their own water bottle
  • Practice physical distancing (keeping at least six feet away from counselors and other campers)
  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth
  • Wash or sanitize hands as they arrive to camp and as needed throughout the day
  • Stay home if they are experiencing acute respiratory illness
  • Notify us if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days

Campers will not attend camp at the Richmond SPCA if they have any of the following:

  • A new dry cough unattributed to another health condition
  • A newly identified shortness of breath or difficulty breathing unattributed to another health condition
  • A fever (above 100.4°F)
  • Used fever-reducing medication in the last 24 hours to treat a fever
  • Chills or chills with repeated shaking unattributed to another health condition
  • A headache (unattributed to another health condition) accompanied by another symptom in this list
  • Tiredness/fatigue (unattributed to another health condition) accompanied by another symptom in this list
  • A new sore throat unattributed to another health condition
  • New muscle aches unrelated to physical activity and unattributed to another health condition
  • A new loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea or vomiting un-attributable to another health condition
  • Diarrhea un-attributable to another health condition
  • Been living with someone who is experiencing any of the symptoms on this list
  • A positive test within the past 10 days for the virus that causes COVID-19

Campers who are unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated, will not attend camp at the Richmond SPCA if they have any of the following:

  • Had close contact (within six feet for 15 minutes or longer with the infected party) within the past 14 days with someone who is presumed positive or tested positive for COVID-19
  • Been living with someone experiencing any symptoms on this list

Covid Refund Policy

If a camp must be cancelled due to counselor illness, quarantine or isolation, the Richmond SPCA will offer pro-rated refunds to enrolled students for the cancelled class(es). If a student is forced to miss a class session or leave a class early due to his/her/their own quarantine or isolation, he/she/they will not be eligible for a refund for classes missed. However, if we receive notice 7 days or more in advance that the camper will need to drop a class in its entirety due to quarantine or isolation, we will issue a full refund.

The Richmond SPCA reserves the right to modify safety procedures as necessary and in keeping with updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Virginia Department of Health.

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