A Very Un-Sexy Post About Pole Safety in the Age of COVID-19
Welcome to Pole at Play's new website! Thanks to the lockdown, I finally had the time to get it up and running. And now that we're scheduled to reopen, I can put it to good use. Which brings me to the topic of today's blog post...
As businesses begin reopening, it's easy to forget that we are still in the midst of a pandemic. We all want things to go back to normal, spend time with our friends, go shopping, and return to our favorite fitness classes and dance studios. But we owe it to ourselves and our communities to stay safe, healthy and not reverse all the progress we have made toward flattening the curve.
Pole at Play has been given the green light to reopen at limited capacity. In order for us to do so, we have had to make some temporary changes to our schedule, classes, and operating procedures. Here are the details and changes affecting students:
The studio will officially reopen and Pole at Play classes will resume on Monday June 15th.
Students that are considered at high risk of suffering serious illness from COVID-19 are not permitted to return to classes in phase 2. This includes anyone who is immunocompromised, age 65 and older, or any age with one of the following underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled:
Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
Serious heart conditions
Chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
Class sizes are limited to 5 students max. This means you don't have to share a pole for the time being (yay!)
In order to accommodate as many of our students as possible with class sizes being so limited, classes will be one hour long. Students will be getting the same amount of time on the pole as before since everyone will have a pole to themselves for the duration of class.
Students must bring their own water bottle, which can be filled at the studio, and a rag for personal use.
Students will be asked to self screen before entering the studio. You must not enter the studio if:
You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not recovered or are still in the 14 day quarantine period.
You have had any symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
You have been exposed to someone who has or is suspected of having COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
Each student must sanitize their hands at the hand sanitizing station to the right of the front door as they enter the studio and again before entering the pole room.
Students must arrive to class wearing their warm-up clothes. Use of the dressing rooms will be limited to hand washing and accessing the bathroom. Many of us change into more pole appropriate attire after warming up and we may continue to do so. Just wear your pole clothes under your warm-up clothes.
Students will be asked to sign a waiver acknowledging the risks associated with attending fitness classes amid a pandemic.
Students will be asked to submit to a no contact temperature reading to ensure they do not have a fever.
Students are encouraged to wear masks when entering the studio. Once arriving to your initial physical-distanced area with your mat, you can then remove the mask or facial covering, place it into a paper bag, and keep it isolated with your personal items throughout class. Your mask should be reapplied while using other areas of the studio (i.e. bathrooms), and reapplied while exiting the studio after class
Students and instructors must maintain 6 feet of social distancing while in the studio and lobby before, during, and after class. Moves that require spotting will be avoided during phase 2.
We will be cleaning and disinfecting the studio and all equipment before and after each class as well as deep cleaning/sanitizing every night following the last class of the evening.
And there you have it! I know it seems like a lot, but we'll get the hang of it. Some of these rules will change as we work through the phases of reopening. I'll keep everyone posted.
I can't wait to get back to the studio and on the pole with my favorite peeps! Stay safe....