Answers to Questions about Las Olas & COVID-19
We just celebrated the second half of Las Olas Season 23 with an excellent February session–great weather, warm waves, and we got to surf with incredible ladies. Then came the news about coronavirus disease COVID-19.
We’ve been around long enough to know there’s always a chance something will pop up in the middle of the season. We’ve been through Zika, norovirus, drug wars, swine flu, SARS, hurricanes, 911, and now COVID-19. This is serious business, too, so we’ve provided some answers to questions below.
For up-to-the-minute reports from various top-level agencies, visit Las Olas Surf Travel Advisory
Stay calm and safe. We’ll get through this together. We always do.
What is COVID-19?
Unless you’ve just returned from surfing some remote island, you’re aware that an outbreak of a new coronavirus has circled the globe. It is responsible for a respiratory disease called COVID-19 (COrona VIrus Disease 19). Coronaviruses are a family of germs that include the common cold and the SARS virus. The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is suspected to be a variant of the virus that caused the SARS outbreak in in 2003.
How does the coronavirus spread?
This coronavirus appears to spread from person-to-person when an infected person coughs or sneezes and a nearby healthy person ingests the airborne virus via nose, mouth, or eyes.
Is COVID-19 disease dangerous?
COVID-19 symptoms run the scale from mild flu-like experience to deadly pneumonia, especially for people over 60.
How does COVID-19 affect me?
Depending on where you live, your daily routine, and your travel plans, the response to the COVID-19 outbreak will affect you in dramatically different ways. That’s because governments, institutions, and companies are responding in dramatically differently ways. Some are changing their operations by restricting travel, closing public facilities, and suspending business. For others, there is little or no change.
For example, our headquarters are in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. On March 17, 2020, our county officials mandated a “shelter-in-place” order similar to major chemical leaks or after earthquakes. We are required to avoid all non-essential travel outside our homes for the next three weeks. Restaurants, theaters, gyms, and bars are closed. Only essential businesses are open, like grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations. Netflix wins!
Is Las Olas considering rescheduling their surf retreats?
As of this writing, we are rescheduling our April 19 and 26, 2020 surf retreats. Guests signed up to attend in either of those dates may reschedule to another date through next season.
We plan to host all surf retreats after April 2020, but there are a few conditions that could change our plans:
• If government or airline restrictions make travel to Las Olas and returning home impossible for our guests and/or crew
• If we fall below the minimum number of guests required to hold a Las Olas surf retreat
In either case, we’ll be happy to reschedule guests to a future date. Girls gotta surf.
When can I know if my surf retreat is happening or not?
On March 20, 2020 the government of Mexico joined Canada and the U.S. in restricting their borders to allow essential travel only. The restriction will be reviewed in one month. Unfortunately, Las Olas surf retreats are not considered essential travel, so we cannot travel from Canada or the U.S. to Mexico in April 2020.
Further, on March 19, 2020 the U.S. Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel warning. For more information, visit U.S. Department of State
This advisory does not currently have an expiration date, so it may be lifted before the start of our surf retreats. But honestly, hoping for a health advisory to lift is a lousy way to plan for a surf vacation. We have options for you.
I was scheduled to go surfing at Las Olas in April, so I’d like to know my options.
If you were scheduled to join us in April 19 or 26, 2020, you now have the option to reschedule to any other Las Olas surf retreat at no additional cost from Las Olas.
Here are some dates to consider:
May 10-15, 2020
May 17-22, 2020
November 1-6, 2020
November 8-13, 2020
February 14-19, 2021
February 21-26, 2021
Please choose one of the dates above and contact us here. We will match or exceed your villa level in the week of your choice.
I’m interested in rescheduling. What do I do next?
If you are interesting in rescheduling your April 2020 surf retreat, email us here. We’ll be happy to walk you through the process and you’ll be all set to surf with peace of mind!
I just want to cancel. What are my options?
If you just want to cancel, please review our Cancellation Policy. Depending on when your surf retreat starts you may be entitled to a credit for some or all of your deposit.
I purchased travel insurance for my trip. What are my options?
If you’ve purchased travel insurance for your surf retreat and you don’t attend for some reason, you may be able to file a claim depending on your coverage limits. Now is a good time to check if your policy covers some or all of your trip. For an overview of travel insurance and coronavirus, visit Yonder Travel Insurance.
If you decide to file a claim, let us know if you need any documentation.