The purpose of this document is to guide organizations in assessing their risk management procedures
and practices related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Organizations
undergoing this self-assessment are expected to better understand, anticipate, manage and respond to
risks related to the novel coronavirus.
The self-assessment is intended to be used by outdoor education, outdoor recreation, adventurebased, travel, and experiential education programs, and organizations operating in rural and remote
The criteria noted here do not prescribe specific methods for meeting those criteria. Those methods
may vary based on a number of parameters, including activities, locations, and populations, as well as
the status of the pandemic in their areas of operation and applicable public health guidelines.
However, the intent of the assessment criteria is to outline focus areas for the organization.
Meeting the criteria documented in this self-assessment does not eliminate all risks. The selfassessment tool is not to be relied upon as a sole source of best practice information.
Criteria in this self-assessment are necessarily general, as detailed specifics (such as approved
disinfectants, specific distances for social/physical distancing, and processes to support contact tracing,
among many others) vary widely per jurisdiction and pandemic severity at any given time.
Organizations wishing to appropriately respond to the COVID-19 pandemic should regularly and
closely consult with applicable public health agencies, as well as relevant industry associations and
reputable industry peers, qualified legal counsel, and the organization’s insurance specialists, for
Acknowledgements, Limitations, and Disclaimer
The assessment criteria outlined here are based on multiple sources. Primary among them are the
public health guidance provided by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other public
health agencies and outdoor industry sources have contributed as well. Viristar acknowledges and
appreciations the invaluable efforts of public health agencies and others in establishing appropriate
public health responses to COVID-19, both in general and specifically for outdoor and experiential
Information in this self-assessment document concerns the rapidly evolving global response to the
COVID-19 pandemic. Because research is ongoing and best practices are changing, the criteria here
may quickly become out of date. The criteria here are not guaranteed to be complete or accurate.
Organizations must use their good judgment in developing policies and procedures suitable for their
Guidance from public health agencies in the country, state/province/territory, county, city or other
jurisdiction is considered to be more definitive than content here, and should be used if public health
guidance and criteria in this document do not agree.
The criteria here are summary criteria, and additional information—not provided here—is necessary to
establish the appropriate policies and procedures to meet the criteria. Detailed guidance from relevant
public health agencies should be consulted for that purpose.
IMPORTANT: Disclaimer of Liability
Persons who use this document and the assessment criteria therein do so at their own risk. Misuse or
improper interpretation of this document and the incorporated criteria can result in serious injury,
property damage, or death. Illness or other severe loss may occur even if the criteria are met. Viristar
LLC denies any legal responsibility to any persons or entities for personal injury, death, or property
loss in any way related to the use of, or failure to use, such criteria, including a claim arising out of a
deficiency in their establishment or promulgation or publication, or a failure to articulate other criteria.
In documenting and distributing these criteria, Viristar LLC does not intend to create legal duties, for
itself or for those who would use the criteria, which would otherwise not exist.