Foot Notes Dance Studio – Aug 1, 2020

GENERAL RULES FOR ALL PEOPLE ENTERING THE STUDIO

  • Only students with an appointment or who are enrolled in a scheduled class are allowed to be in the studio.
  • Foot Notes Dance Studio is NOT open to the public, or for drop-in classes.
  • All Albertans must follow CMOH Order 05-2020, which establishes legal requirements for quarantine and isolation.
  • Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19; with a history of international travel in the last 14 days; or with close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days must remain at home.

Entering and Exiting the studio

  • When you enter the studio, please be mindful of keeping 2m physical distance from anyone else in the foyer area. If required, please wait for them to exit the building.
  • Sanitize your hands with the provided sanitizer, or your own. (60% alcohol or higher)
  • Limit physical contact by using online payment and registration or tap payment if required.
  • Do not congregate to chat inside the studio.
  • Please arrive no more than 5-10 minutes before your appointment or scheduled class to avoid crowding.
  • Students should enter the studio with the bare minimum required for their lesson. Bags, purses, and additional articles of clothing should be left in your vehicle.
  • Water bottles should not be left in the studio and should be clearly marked.
  • Appointments and classes will be spaced 15 minutes apart to allow for sanitizing and to allow time for people to exit.
  • Please use the chairs provided at 2m intervals around the ballroom to change shoes and hang your coats as required.
  • The cloak room and sofas will not be in use.

Your Classes and Lessons

  • For private lessons with an Instructor, participants will be limited to 1 couple per ballroom space at a time.
  • Couples are not required to wear masks when dancing with each other, assuming they are of the same family cohort
  • Couples will arrive for their lesson no sooner than 5 minutes in advance to enter the facility.
  • Couples are not encouraged to linger after their lesson inside the facility
  • Couples are required to bring their own PPE and hand sanitizer is recommended
  • The instructor will always maintain a physical distance of 2 meters from the couple unless otherwise required
  • In the event the instructor feels the need to have physical contact with either dancer, the instructor will be masked, and will wear protective gloves, or, apply sanitizer before and after contact. The person(s) the instructor is dancing with, will do the same.
  • All instructors will be familiar with sanitation, entry and exit, and physical distancing protocols as per AHS standards

 

  • For classes that do not require a partner and are, or have the likelihood of being high intensity, namely; Line Dance, Hip Hop, Reggaeton.
  • A distance of 3 meters must be maintained between participants in all directions
  • Instructors will be assigned and wear microphones to reduce the need for shouting.
  • Participants singing along to the music or shouting back at the instructor should be discouraged.
  • Consider creating cohorts of classmates, to a maximum of 50 people, by assigning specific times for the same participants to partake in classes.
  • Classmates are not allowed to gather before and after a class within the facility.
  • Masks should not be worn during intense physical activity.
  • Instructors/responsible persons may not know who is an at-risk person, so consideration may be given to beginning high-intensity group physical activities with a reminder that there may be increased risk of transmission in these settings, and spacing guidance should be carefully followed.

 

  • For beginner level classes that require a partner, and are not deemed high intensity, namely; Ballroom, Country and Salsa social dance lessons
  • Participants must maintain 2 metres of physical distance between each other at all times, unless from the same cohort or household.
  • 2 meter intervals will be marked on the floor. Participants will be expected to stay within their assigned area

 

  • For classes deemed part of a mini-league (total 50 individuals)
  • The 2-metre physical distancing rule can be relaxed for participants from the same household. You can dance with your regular partner.
  • Mini leagues are a way to cohort individuals who participate in a sport or physical activity in close proximity of others, like a dance class.
  • Mini-leagues help to mitigate risk of widespread transmission by limiting the number of individuals in close contact.
  • The 50-person maximum includes coaches/staff, instructors, participants from multiple teams, officials, and volunteers.
  • Dancing should be limited to people in the same mini-league.
  • Dancers in different mini-leagues should not dance with each other. Dancers should not belong to multiple dance mini-leagues; (IE One dance studio, one dance group) they should select one dance cohort for the duration of Stage 2.

 

Staff Protocol

  • All Albertans must follow CMOH Order 05-2020, which establishes legal requirements for quarantine and isolation.
  • Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19; with a history of international travel in the last 14 days; or with close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days must remain at home.
  • It is recommended that all staff be knowledgeable with respect to how COVID-19 is transmitted.
  • Encourage hand hygiene among staff.
  • Staff should wear masks when they are not separated by a physical barrier or 2 metre distance from participants. Other personal protective equipment may be appropriate depending on the task being performed (e.g., First Aid or resuscitation).

Sanitation at Foot Notes

  • In addition to routine facility cleaning protocols, increase frequency of sanitation of high traffic areas, common areas, public washrooms as well as commonly touched surfaces and shared equipment (such as water fountain handles, doorknobs, handrails, light switches, countertops, tables, equipment handles and consoles).
  • A written cleaning and disinfecting schedule is recommended. Staff to document the time a specific area is cleaned.
  • Increase the frequency of cleaning of floors to reduce the risk of transmission from shared objects (e.g., balls) and those who use wheelchairs.
  • Provide hand sanitizer throughout the facility and ensure that hand washing sinks are fully stocked with soap and paper towels.
  • Follow the cleaning and disinfecting guidance in the General Relaunch Guidance and AHS’ Public Health Guidelines for Environmental Cleaning of Public Facilities during Respiratory Illnesses in the Community.
  • Follow the disinfectant label instructions for use.
  • Consult the manufacturer’s instructions before applying disinfectant to any potentially sensitive equipment in the facility (i.e. touch pads, electronics).
  • Ensure that used cleaning supplies are properly disposed of in a lined waste bin that is emptied at least daily.

Facility Support Protocols

  • Discouraging use of scents to prevent sneezing and coughing.
  • Maintaining appropriate humidity levels.
  • Limit the casual use of overhead ceiling fans or portable pedestal fans as much as possible. If fans are used, minimize air flow that directs current from one person directly toward another.
  • Air filters used in ventilation systems should consider MER-14 or High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) rated filters.
  • Discard air filters carefully to prevent the discharge of viral particles.
  • Provide natural ventilation by opening windows and doors wherever possible to increase air flow.