5 ways to plan a safe social distancing team building event, meeting or tour

With guidelines changing every single day, bringing your group together for some much-needed team bonding can be a challenge. Global Sessions is fortunate to be based in Oregon’s scenic Columbia River Gorge where there’s plenty of space to spread out, which is why we’ve received interest and bookings for small group get-togethers and private family tours.

The safety of our clients and team members is our top priority.

Global Sessions has developed a framework of social distancing guidelines in accordance with state regulations and our affiliations with professional organizations like the ATTA, to ensure the highest standards of health and safety are met. We also wear masks the entire time, and encourage your group to do the same as per government requirements.

Here are five ways we’re planning safe social distancing team building events, group meetings and tours.

The Yarasavage family on a private tour through the Columbia River Gorge with Global Sessions

The six-foot rule

We plan all of your excursions, fun team building activities or meetings to take place outside, so there’s plenty of fresh air and space. During some group games we may use pylons or hula hoops to remind people to stay in their individual areas, and if we see any ‘fouls’ we keep it light-hearted by using yellow or red cards similar to a soccer game.

Travel solo

To meet our standards for social distancing, we encourage your team to travel individually to the Columbia River Gorge in their own vehicles instead of multi-passenger sprinter vans and buses. During private family tours, our guides travel in their own vehicle and you’re asked to follow behind in your own car.

Sanitizing and bathrooms

Global Sessions partners with Pure Gorge, the Gorge’s top cleaning and sanitation business, to disinfect restrooms and any facilities that are used throughout the day. Our team has also received cleaning protocol training.

Food, beverages and swag

At social distancing meetings or events, everyone gets their own swag bag that may include:

  • Gourmet picnic safely packaged by a top local caterer
  • Custom Global Sessions face mask
  • Hand sanitizer from an area distillery
  • A brand new camping chair still in the package, to use during the day and keep afterwards

Prepping for your tour or social distance meetings

Prior to the event, we recommend sending a detailed e-mail to everyone outlining safety procedures, and welcoming any suggestions or concerns. If anyone does not feel comfortable, a Zoom call will be set up so they can still participate in any important meetings.

Upon arrival, the Global Sessions team will once again explain the protocols during the welcome address. If there is anything we can do to ensure someone feels safer, more comfortable or to enhance the experience, just ask. We’re on call to assist with reasonable requests, whether it’s running to the store or going the extra mile to make sure everyone is in a safe environment.

Not ready to have social distancing meetings in person yet? Check out our fun remote team building activities like Home Olympics and this virtual cooking class.