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Infection prevention and control at the Boyle


Basic hygiene measures are the most important way to stop the spread of infections, including the 2020 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Basic hygiene measures include:


  • hand hygiene – that is, washing hands regularly with soap and water, or cleansing with hand sanitiser

  • staying at home if you are sick. Don’t come to the Boyle if you are sick.

  • coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your elbow and then performing hand hygiene

  • cleaning surfaces regularly. Please refer to the Cleaning procedures document.


The use of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as face masks can reduce the spread of infection when used correctly and in the appropriate context. We will be maintaining a contact registry for all Boyle Instructors making sure we can efficiently and effectively contact trace if the need arises.


For most people in the community, PPE such as face masks are not recommended. However, for people with symptoms of an acute respiratory infection, the World Health Organization recommends that there may be benefit in wearing a face mask to reduce the spread of infection to other people. At the Boyle we will only use masks if someone is presenting with flu like symptoms.

Physical Distancing and Hygiene

  • At the Boyle appropriate physical distancing should be maintained more than 1 metre contact distance from people outside of your school bubble – so facemasks and gloves are not recommended.

  • The bunks have been set out in a way that physical distancing can be maintained even while sleeping. During Alert Level 2 the lodge maximum overnight capacity is 35 people.

  • Physical distancing does not replace the need for good hand hygiene and cough / sneeze etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues and wash hands). It compliments good practice.

  • Shuttles to the local track heads will not be in operation at Alert Level 2.

PPE and Isolation

  • At the Boyle each instructor will carry a PPE kit containing 3 face masks, disposable gloves, hand sanitiser, a thermometer and communications device.

    • If a participant presents with symptoms the participant, and whomever interacts with that participant should be using gloves and a facemask to prevent dispersal of infected droplets.

    • If a participant displays symptoms as recommended by the Ministry of Health they will be isolated and health line or medical centre will be called for advice.

  • The maximum overnight lodge capacity has been reduced at Alert Level 2 to 35 people. This ensures physical distancing can be maintained and we have room for isolating participants if that becomes necessary.

  • The maximum capacity of the cottage remains at 6 if all visitors are from the same group or if from separate groups the maximum capacity is 1 because you cannot maintain appropriate physical distancing in that accommodation.


The Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre is operated by the not-for-profit North Canterbury Alpine Trust. We are based 15km south of the Lewis Pass, nestled between the Sylvia Tops and the Libretto mountain range. We provide tailor-made outdoor education based programmes for school groups as well as offering a number of our own "Boyle" courses. Adventure based learning (ABL) is a core component of everything that we do.


At the Boyle we take pride in being a leading provider in outdoor education for schools. We have well appointed facilities, a diverse range of activities available and employ quality, professional staff who ensure that your school's outcomes are met, and that your students have a positive and educational experience. After discussing with you your school's outcomes and objectives, we create a tailor-made programme so that your students get the most out of their stay with us.




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