COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge

Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge is committed to providing a safe and healthy experience for our staff and guests To ensure that, we have developed the following COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our workplaces and communities, and that requires full cooperation among our employees and guests. 

Our COVID-19 Preparedness Plan follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines, federal OSHA standards related to COVID-19 and Executive Order 20-48, and addresses:

  • hygiene and respiratory etiquette;
  • engineering and administrative controls for social distancing;
  • customer controls and protections for drop-off, pick-up and delivery;
  • housekeeping, including cleaning, disinfecting and decontamination;
  • prompt identification and isolation of sick persons;
  • communications and training that will be provided to managers and employees; and
  • Management and supervision necessary to ensure effective implementation of the plan.

Screening and policies for employees exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19

Employees have been informed of and encouraged to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. All employees will be scanned with infrared forehead thermometers every day. If any employee has a temperature greater than 100.4 they will be told to return home and self-quarantine until their temperature has returned to normal for three days without the aid of medication.   


Basic infection prevention measures are in force at Ruttger’s at all times. Employees are instructed to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water frequently throughout the day, but especially at the beginning and end of their shift, prior to any mealtimes and after using the restroom.  All guests will have access to hand sanitizing stations thru out the resort from the moment they arrive to the time of departure. In areas where hand washing sinks are unavailable hand sanitizer will be available for use in between guests.

Respiratory etiquette: Cover your cough or sneeze

Employees and guests are being instructed to cover their mouth and nose with their upper sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing and to avoid touching their face, in particular their mouth, nose and eyes, with their hands. They should dispose of tissues in the trash and wash or sanitize their hands immediately afterward. Respiratory etiquette will be demonstrated on posters and supported by making tissues and trash receptacles available to all employees and guests. 

Social distancing

Social distancing is being implemented in the workplace through the following engineering and administrative controls: Ruttger’s is currently limiting number of employees, who are in the workplace, by having employees spread out while working. All employees are encouraged to maintain social distance while working.  Guests are asked to follow social distancing signage, and employee instructions.

Employees who prepare or serve food will wear a face masks provided by Ruttger’s. Employees who are entering occupied rooms will wear a face mask, provided by Ruttger’s. Employees who work at the Garage or Ann’s Bay Lake Boutique will wear a face mask, provided by Ruttger’s. 

Plexiglas barriers are in front of guest contact points, and hand sanitizer available at those points. Where possible computers will be spaced out or relocated to provide for social distancing.   Employees and guests are prohibited from gathering in groups. Employees and guests are prohibited from gathering in confined areas, including elevators, and from using other workers’ personal protective equipment, phones, computer equipment, desks, cubicles, workstations, offices or other personal work tools and equipment.


Regular housekeeping practices are being implemented, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of work surfaces, equipment, tools and machinery, delivery vehicles and areas in the work environment, including restrooms, breakrooms, lunchrooms, meeting rooms, and drop-off and pick-up locations. Frequent cleaning and disinfecting will be conducted in high-touch areas, such as phones, keyboards, touch screens, controls, door handles, elevator panels, railings, copy machines, credit card readers, delivery equipment, etc. All public spaces and high touch points will be sanitized frequently. In the main lodge our custodial team will be responsible for all public spaces.  Housekeeping will be responsible for cleaning all guest rooms.

We are using soap and water, and Spartan Chemicals BNC -15, are being used to clean and disinfect. Kill times for BNC 15 have been sent to department heads.  If a employee is diagnosed with Covid 19 we will try to leave the area empty for 24 hours where possible and then the affect area will be cleaned and disinfected.

Certified on May 13, 2020 by:


Chad Gross

General Manager

Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge Inc.

PO Box 400

Deerwood, MN 56444