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COVID Guidelines and Procedures

Last updated July 21, 2022


These guidelines are continuously updated to best align with current medical guidelines and our experiences on the ground.


They’re meant to be a guide to minimize our risks of contracting and spreading Covid-19 and other contagious illnesses, as well as to create the right environment for a successful Chapter. As restrictions change from country to country, please use these details as a guide for what to expect while on Chapter. They’re subject to change and may be altered during a Chapter if deemed necessary.


We hope these policies and guidelines will create the most comfortable Chapter environment for every member.


Our Strategy for Contagious Illnesses

Instead of COVID policies and restrictions, it will simply be expected that each of us does the right thing and takes care of one another and the communities around us.


Whenever we feel any early symptoms – whether typical to COVID or any other illness – we will do our best to avoid passing whatever it is that we have on to anyone else. Because, frankly, none of us want to get sick on a Chapter if we can avoid it – whether it’s COVID, a snotty flu, or a fever.


So if you’re on a Chapter, Colive, or Unplugged trip, as soon as you feel anything off, please:

  1. Self-isolate right away (avoid being in the same room as others for 5 days or until clear of symptoms)
  2. Wear a mask if you have to leave the room (e.g. bathroom or food delivery)

This won’t be mandatory, but expected as common courtesy to fellow Tribers. So when you see your housemate walking with a mask on, it will be an act of thoughtfulness and a sign of respect that this person is trying to take care of you.


However, if we find that someone is being disrespectful or inconsiderate to their housemates in regards to spreading illnesses (e.g. are frequently coughing around others without wearing a mask) they may be asked to leave the premises for 5 days.


In legal words: WiFi Tribe reserves the right to ask a member to self-isolate, take a covid test,  and/or leave the premises if they reasonably believe the member may jeopardize the health and safety of the broader group.

If you booked a shared room

If you booked a shared room and you’re experiencing any symptoms (whether COVID or another illness), you won’t have the option of self-isolating in your room. In this case, please figure out alternative accommodation for the next 5 days to ensure that your roommate does not feel uncomfortable.


This will remain as standard policy for anyone choosing to book a shared room for a simple reason: To avoid situations where your roommate feels they are being put into a difficult and unfair position where they need to make the decision of whether you can stay or have to find alternative accommodation.


Frequently Asked Questions

WiFi Tribe will do the utmost best to find a balance between protecting the communities that we travel to, ensuring freedom and minimizing financial burdens for our members. We will err on the side of caution to do the right thing.


Before Chapter FAQs

Are unvaccinated members required to take a Covid-19 test to attend a Chapter?

Unvaccinated members are no longer required to take an antigen or PCR test before attending a Chapter, Colive, or Unplugged experience.

During Chapter FAQs

What happens if someone feels unwell or presents COVID symptoms?

As soon as you feel any symptoms – whether typical to COVID or any other illness please:

  1. Self-isolate right away (avoid being in the same room as others for 5 days or until clear of symptoms)
  2. Wear a mask if you have to leave the room (e.g. bathroom or food delivery)

What happens if someone tests positive for COVID?

Please be aware that you will first need to follow all local protocols, as these may be different and/or more strict than our guidelines.


If someone tests positive, we ask that you follow the same approach as someone who has symptoms of any contagious illness:

  1. Self-isolate right away (avoid being in the same room as others for 5 days)

  2. Wear a mask if you have to leave the room (e.g. bathroom or food delivery)

 

Do members who are experiencing symptoms (typical of COVID or any other contagious illness) remain on the Chapter premises?

For members who have a private room, it’s possible to stay on the Chapter premises and self-isolate until they are no longer contagious. We only ask that you please wear a mask if you have to leave the room (e.g. bathroom or food delivery).

 

What if a member is experiencing symptoms (typical of COVID or any other contagious illness) and they're staying in a shared room? 

For members in a shared room who are experiencing any symptoms (whether COVID or other), self-isolation is not possible. You will have to figure out alternative accommodation for the next 5 days to ensure that your roommate does not feel uncomfortable.

 

Who pays for the medical expenses?

All medical expenses, including but not limited to the PCR tests, medical visits, and transportation to external accommodations, are the sole responsibility of the ill member.


Other non-ill members may be asked to complete additional PCR tests should someone test positive while on Chapter, these testing costs will also be covered by members.


We strongly encourage all Chapter participants to acquire health insurance that covers COVID expenses prior to attending any Chapter. 

 

Who searches and pays for the isolation and quarantine costs?

When necessary, it’s the ill member’s responsibility to research, secure, and cover all costs associated with their isolation and quarantine. After receiving a positive test result, the ill member must find and secure new accommodations outside of the Chapter premises for the safety of the group. The Chapter Host may aid in finding new accommodations but WiFi Tribe is not responsible for providing housing for the ill member’s quarantine. 


The ill member must also cover the expenses related to transportation to the new accommodations, food, and any other quarantine-related expenses unless otherwise specified by the local authorities.

 

However, if the ill member is in a shared room and we cannot provide a separate room for the healthy roommate, we will cover their accommodations for a maximum of 48hours. This allows us time to relocate the ill member and properly disinfect the shared room before the healthy roommate returns to the Chapter premises.


In the unlikely event that the majority of members on the Chapter test positive and agree to stay in the Chapter accommodations, all healthy members will be moved to new accommodations. Rather than the ill members paying for new accommodations for themselves, they will cover the costs associated with relocating the healthy members.

When can members who test positive for COVID on Chapter leave quarantine?

We will first follow all local protocols and use our internal guidelines where necessary.


If  the member does not present persevering, serious covid symptoms such as high fever, the following options for release from quarantine are available:

  • Present a negative antigen test result taken no less than 5 days from the start of the quarantine or their first symptoms
  • Wait 7 days from when the quarantine period started
 

What if a member feels unsafe and decides to leave?

While we will take preventative measures to help make every member feel comfortable while on Chapter, all members have the right to leave the Chapter and accommodations at any time. However, we do not cover any relocation or repatriation costs or provide Chapter refunds. 

 

What if a member refuses to follow the COVID Health Procedures?

Failing to comply with any of the COVID Health Procedures results in immediate expulsion from the Chapter. We also reserve the right to remove the member from the community entirely.

 

I have a complaint about the COVID procedures or how a specific situation was handled while on Chapter. Who can I contact?

We continuously review the guidelines published by scientific and medical bodies such as the WHO and CDC. In our guidelines, we also consider additional factors that affect the welfare of the entire group in combination with our Chapter experiences to date. Our protocols may go against your individual wishes or short term freedoms for the greater good of the Chapter and local communities. If you have a complaint about a specific guideline or how a situation is being handled on Chapter, please send an email to hello@wifitribe.co

 


If you'd like to discuss anything further, you can email us at hello@wifitribe.co.