Covid-19 - Our response and guidance
Update 20th March 2020
In line with Government guidance, all classes, courses and 121s are now suspended.
We have a number of plans in place for when we return so if you are interested in attending do please get in touch.
Update 19th March 2020
We have been following the government guidance and also guidance from the venues we operate in, the majority of which are still open. We are trying to balance the benefits of exercise on mental and physical health, with the increasing risk. Some of our venues are a good guide for this, as they have many sources of advice and are making informed decisions that are not based on profit.
Plan for March 2020
After this Friday 20th March classes will be restricted to one person per piece of equipment, or less if the room is too small to keep a safe distance apart.
Plan for April 2020
With effect from the 30th March, all classes will be temporarily suspended. Current memberships will be put on hold and no payment will be taken at the start of April, or until further notice.
During the suspension
During the suspension of classes, we will be offering a number of exciting things including:
* online content on Pole, chair, stretch, exotic, pilates and more
* rent a pole / a-frame
* Skype lessons
Update 17th March 2020
We have revisited our Covid-19 policy and guidance, after the announcement from the government yesterday.
At this stage, where the government is allowing venues to stay open and none of our venues have closed we are trying to strike a balance between:
*giving people the opportunity to exercise, which is known to boost your immune system
*continuing to provide a safe social space, which for some people with mental health issues is a significant part of attending class
*continuing to provide some stability in an uncertain time
*being socially responsible and avoiding situations where covid-19 may be transmitted from one person to another
*avoiding placing people at unnecessary risk
Our adult classes are very small, having averaged 5.8 people per class for many years. Obviously there are some outliers but on the whole, our classes are small gatherings!
Classes will continue as normal until Friday this week. We have instigated lots of new hygiene practices and instructors have been given 65% proof alcohol for cleaning. After that, the following will be implemented to reduce the risk further:
* Maximum class size reduced to 1 per pole/rig
* Class times reduced to 45min
* Spotting will be by minimal and by consent from both parties (instructors have the right to request no contact)
NEW Covid-19 Policy
The safety of our students and instructors is a priority.
We want to reassure you we are monitoring the developing situation closely. Like most sports classes, we’re following all advice issued by the Chief Medical Officer, Public Health England.
Sport England’s current advice is that staying active is an important part of staying healthy and protecting against the risk of Covid-19.
There have been no actual or suspected cases of Covid-19 at any of our classes. If this situation changes, we’ll act quickly to protect our students, instructors, venues and local communities.
Our instructors are fully aware of the need to clean and sterilise equipment before and after classes.
We ask that you take these steps, which are consistent with government advice:
✓ Please do not come to class if you are unwell.
✓ Keep your hands clean. Wash regularly and thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. We request that you wash them immediately before taking part in a class and advise that you wash them after as well.
✓ Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch all coughs and sneezes and then bin the tissue - then wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser.
✓ Please bring a clean small towel or flannel to pole fitness classes, so you can wipe down equipment after use. Cleaning fluid will be provided (rubbing alcohol). If you bring your own cleaning fluid, you must then wipe the equipment down with our fluid afterward, to prevent allergic reactions in other students.
✓ If you think you may have encountered the virus, please follow the government advice and self-isolate in the first instance.
Government advice is available here.