Lovelane Safety Protocols & Guidelines Relating to COVID-19

General Protocols for Everyone

Updated April 27, 2022

Vaccination Protocol

All Lovelane employees and volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated and must provide proof of vaccination. Any employee or volunteer who requests a medical/religious exemption is required to submit written evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result administered within 72 hours prior to coming to Lovelane, every time.
  • Exemption Requirements:
    • If an individual requests a medical exemption from this vaccination policy, Lovelane requires that the individual provide a physician’s letter validating the condition. 
    • If an individual requests a religious exemption from this vaccination policy, Lovelane requires that the employee or volunteer provide a letter from their religious leader. 
    • These are the only exemptions accepted.

Mask Protocol

  • Everyone coming to Lovelane should keep a mask on their person throughout their time at the barn.
  • Riding Lessons (Individual Therapeutic, Recreational & Group Horsemanship Workshop Riding Lessons):
    • Students are not required to wear a mask, although they are welcome to continue to do so if they choose.
    • Vaccinated staff and volunteers are not required to wear a mask unless requested by the student’s parent/guardian.
    • Unvaccinated staff and volunteers are required to wear a mask.
    • Please note: Parents and guardians may request that your student’s instructor and volunteers wear masks during your student’s lesson, and we would be happy to honor this. Please notify the Program Office in advance so they can plan accordingly.
  • Unmounted Group Programs:
    • Masks must be worn at all times by students, volunteers and staff unless social distance of at least 3’ outdoors can be maintained.  This policy expires June 18, 2022.
  • Masks are optional indoors.

If You Test Positive for COVID-19

  • You must isolate for at least 5 days after a positive test result or onset of symptoms (day 0).
  • You may return to Lovelane after 5 days, returning on day 6, provided that you:
    • Are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication AND experienced significant improvement in other symptoms (if you have been symptomatic).  
    • Wear a mask for days 6 – 10, at all times, while at Lovelane.

If You Have Been Identified as a Close Contact to Someone Who Tested Positive for COVID-19

A close contact is defined as a person who has been within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically-compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
  • Staff & Students who are FULLY VACCINATED:
    • Are exempt from quarantine.
    • Actively monitor for symptoms through day 10 and self-isolate if symptoms develop.
    • Must wear a mask at all times while at Lovelane for their 10-day monitoring period after their contact occurred.
    • Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen (rapid) test, administered at least 5 days after exposure.
    • If the close contact has had COVID-19 within the past 90 days, then they are exempt from testing protocols if:
      • The exposure occurred within 90 days of the onset of their own illness AND
      • The exposed individual is recovered and remains without COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Students who are NOT VACCINATED and Volunteers (regardless of vaccination status):
    • Must quarantine for at least 5 days from the date of exposure.
    • May return to Lovelane after 5 days, returning on day 6, provided they:
      • Remain asymptomatic.
      • Actively monitor for symptoms through day 10 and self-isolate if symptoms develop.
      • Wear a mask at all times for their 10-day monitoring period after their contact occurred.
      • Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen (rapid) test, administered at least 5 days after exposure.

Additional Protocols

Student & Family Guidelines

  • Students who are riding must bring and wear their own ASTM/SEI-approved riding helmet.
  • As our Family Viewing Room is small, we request that you limit the number of parents/guardians coming to view your student’s lesson. Families are welcome to wait in their cars or at the picnic tables.
  • If a student’s lesson is going to take place in the outdoor ring, parents/guardians may walk through the barn to access the outdoor ring to watch the lesson.
  • If families have questions for Lovelane staff, they should coordinate a time to talk over the phone or via email instead of coming into the Lovelane offices.
  • If a student needs to miss their lesson for a reason related to COVID-19, i.e. the student is ill or has been in contact with someone who is ill, and cannot provide more than 24-hour notice, the missed lesson will be eligible for a make-up lesson. The cancellation must be communicated prior to the session and it will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian to connect with the Program Office to coordinate their make-up lesson. If they do not communicate with the office, then the lesson(s) will be forfeit. This policy expires June 30, 2022.
Lovelane staff stand in front of a painted horse statue