Traveling in a COVID-19 world
The health and well-being of our travelers, our guides and the communities we visit is always our top priority. For more than 30 years, we've worked tirelessly to exceed the health and safety expectations for every trip we run. That continues today, as we adjust our programming and policies in response to COVID-19.
Updated August 3, 2021
The revised guidance states that individuals who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus should resume wearing masks in public indoor spaces while in areas of substantial or high transmission as defined by the CDC.
Based on that guidance, we are strongly encouraging fully vaccinated customers to wear CDC approved face coverings when indoors with REI. Our guides and instructors are now required to wear face coverings when indoors with others outside of their household, regardless of vaccination status.
Anyone over the age of two (or as specified by local authorities) not yet vaccinated must continue to wear CDC-approved face coverings when indoors with REI.
If permitted by local authorities, we won’t require customers and employees to wear face coverings when outdoors, where physical distancing can be maintained.
We are asking our community to help us create a safe environment for all. Read on for details about the specific changes we've made in response to COVID-19 and the latest CDC guidelines.
Health & Safety Protocols
Sanitized vehicles and equipment
Dining and food preparation
Protecting Local Communities
For the safety of our guests, our employees, and the communities we visit, CDC-recommended face coverings will be required at various times throughout each trip. Fully vaccinated guests will still need to mask up in certain situations. While being worn, all face coverings must fully cover the nose and mouth. Face coverings made of mesh or other loosely knit fabric are not permitted.