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NOC’s Response to Covid-19

NOC’s Commitment to Our Guests, Guides & Staff

Nantahala Outdoor Center takes the health and safety of our guests, guides, and staff as our highest priority. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 recommendations and post-operational updates on this page. For guests who choose to join us on an adventure, in our retail stores, at our resort, or in one of our restaurants we ask, as a responsible and conscientious traveler, that you assist us in following guidelines for the health and safety of our community.
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Face Masks / Coverings

In keeping with current CDC Guidelines, masks are recommended to be worn by those that are not fully vaccinated. It is also recommended for those that are fully-vaccinated to wear masks indoors. Face masks are required in certain SOLO Wilderness Medicine Course scenarios.

NOC does not permit guests or guides to wear face masks / coverings while actively participating in on-water activities at any time.

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Pre-Trip Screening

We ask that you do not travel to NOC’s locations if you or a member of your party is ill, exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or have been recently exposed to COVID-19.

All NOC Adventure and SOLO Wilderness Medicine guests will be subject to a pre-trip screening that includes responding to a quick symptom check.

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Employee Screening & Prevention

Daily employee pre-shift health screenings.

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Social Distancing

NOC encourages all staff, guides, and guests to maintain appropriate social distance whenever possible. Particular care should be taken in checkout lines, public restrooms, or waiting in queue.

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Increased Cleaning & Sanitization

Additional cleaning / sanitization / disinfection protocols for guest areas, lodging, vehicles, shared and specialty equipment, and back of house spaces.


We appreciate your understanding and effort in helping us keep our communities, fellow travelers and guides healthy.

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