Answers to Questions about Las Olas & COVID-19

We celebrated Las Olas Season 23 in February 2020 with great weather, warm waves, and surf with incredible ladies. But by the time we returned home, we heard reports about a new coronavirus spreading around the world.

We’re no strangers to challenges when we travel. In fact, each adventure has made us stronger, but the coronavirus pandemic has been unique because it’s both global and sustained. That’s put strain on our guests who look forward to surfing together someday, our partners in Mexico, and our communities at home.

But if we look to the horizon we can see perfect sets forming. And if we stay safe and calm, we’ll take the first waves together when they roll in.

See you in the waves.

For up-to-the-minute reports from various top-level agencies, visit Las Olas Surf Travel Advisory

 

What is COVID-19?

Unless you’ve just returned from surfing some remote island, you’re aware that an outbreak of a new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2 has circled the globe. It is responsible for a contagious 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 most commonly when an infected person exhales the virus in droplets or aerosols while a nearby healthy person ingests the airborne virus via nose, mouth, or eyes. It can also transmit when a healthy person touches a contaminated surface followed by touching their mouth, nose, or eyes.

Is COVID-19 disease dangerous?

COVID-19 symptoms can run the scale from a mild flu-like experience to deadly pneumonia, organ failure, respiratory failure, and septic shock.

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 were required to avoid all non-essential travel outside our homes for next three weeks. Restaurants, theaters, gyms, and bars were closed. Only essential businesses are open, like grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations. (Netflix wins!)

Our regional shelter-in-place was partially lifted early summer. Due to an increase in cases of COVID-19 and a shortage of hospital ICU beds, staff, and equipment, we entered a “stay-at-home” order mid-December that lasted through the end of January 2021.

The stay-at-home order was lifted in our region January 26, 2021, but many restrictions remain. For example, we’re required to wear face masks whenever we leave our homes and restaurants aren’t allowed to serve food indoors.

At our location in Mexico, the restrictions are similar and include limited gatherings at the beach. Also, the CDC in the U.S. requires proof of a negative COVID-19 test before returning from Mexico.

Canada went a step further and has suspended all air travel to and from Mexico until mid-April 2021.

Is Las Olas considering rescheduling their surf retreats?

As vaccination increases in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada we’re hopeful case counts will continue to drop, so we can continue with our scheduled surf retreats, unless:

• Governments and/or health agencies recommend against traveling from your our home bases to Mexico and back due to COVID-19.

• Government or airline restrictions make travel to Las Olas and returning home difficult for our guests and/or crew.

• We fall below the minimum number of guests required to host a Las Olas surf retreat.

In this 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?

You can always contact us directly by calling 831-625-5748 or emailing here.

Currently,  U.S. and Canadian health agencies warn against travel to Mexico.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice – Travelers should avoid all travel to Mexico due to COVID-19.

As of January 26, 2021, air travel between the U.S. and Mexico is permitted, but the CDC is requiring a negative COVID-19 less than 72 hours before returning to the U.S. Also, various health department restrictions are being instituted at various airports including examinations and possible mandatory self-isolation after arrival. 

CDC Travel Requirements as of February 10, 2021

“Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. It applies to U.S. citizens, as well as foreign nationals, regardless of vaccination status.”

As of February 2021, the U.S. Department of State has issued a Global Level 3 Health Advisory – Reconsider travel to Mexico due to COVID-19. For more information, visit U.S. Department of State.

For up-to-date information on international travel to Mexico, read the U.S. Department of State’s COVID-19 page.

Canada has suspended all commercial air travel to and from Mexico until mid-April 2021.

Honestly, navigating ever-changing travel restrictions or hoping for a health advisory to lift is a lousy way to plan for a surf vacation. We have options for you.

I am scheduled to go surfing at Las Olas, but I’d like to know my options.

If you were scheduled to join us on any Las Olas surf retreat that has been postponed, you have the option to reschedule to any other future Las Olas surf retreat at no additional cost. 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 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.

Reviewed February 10, 2021
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