The VA team has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and the King County guidelines for fitness-related businesses. You are welcome to read the full Phase 2 plan but the salient parts are summarized below. Some of these steps may seem excessive, but as always, your safety is our highest concern and we would rather do too much than too little.
Our original reopening plan was to start with cohort-based point rental/individual training whenever King County moved to Phase 2. However, with the modified Phase 1 allowance for one-on-one instruction, we have reorganized our plans and will start with private lessons, and as of July 8 are adding small-group classes. Please see our Phases of Reopening document for more details as well as detailed instructions for participants.
For a lighthearted-but-informative explanation of all the new safety procedures check out our new PSA video .
What you can expect when you return to the studio:
- Everyone must sign a new COVID-19 waiver. (Note: please use the same name as the one on your VAMP account to avoid creating a duplicate login.)
- Screening of symptoms will happen before each visit. Please stay home if you are unwell!
- Masks will be required at all times, including while training. Having investigated our ventilation and air filtration options, we feel that this is the safest and simplest option for getting people back in the air. We are investigating mask design and materials for optimal breathability during exercise as well as working with our landlord to improve ventilation.
- Physical distancing of at least 6′ will be maintained in all spaces.
- No equipment-sharing except between members of the same household. Instructors will have their own equipment available for demo-ing. Students may use their own aerial equipment BUT it must be approved by VA staff and come from a known and reputable provider.
- Hand-washing/sanitizing will happen frequently by both students and staff
- Shared rosin/chalk bins and water dispensers will no longer be available. Fill your water bottle at home, and either buy spray rosin from us or bring a little ziplock bag and we’ll give you some rock rosin (an old sock makes a good rosin container, but put that in a bag to avoid getting rosin on everything you own).
- Spotting will be reduced to those practices deemed safe for both parties, and will only happen with consent. Investigation into spotting options is ongoing.
- Rigging will be done only by staff members to minimize the number of hands touching the pulley system ropes and swag lines.
- Studio time will be limited in order to minimize your potential exposure.
- Disinfection of shared surfaces will happen multiple times per day, using products approved by the EPA to kill SARS-CoV-2. Products we are using:
- Ethanol spray on high-touch surfaces (bins, cubbies, light switches, etc) as well as some aerial equipment (trapeze ropes in particular) and hardware
- ClearGear on hardware and other surfaces (will be phased out as ethanol is just as good)
- KenClean Plus on mats
- VitalOxide on aerial equipment like fabrics and ropes after use.
- Lysol and 409 -brand products in the bathrooms
A note or two about training in masks:
- Start slowly – it takes time to adjust to it!
- If you feel light-headed or head-achy, STOP and rest.
- Take frequent breaks.
- Bring extra masks in case yours gets saturated (we will also have them available at the studio)
- Test that your mask will stay on when inverted and that you can see around it in a variety of orientations.
- Masks with vents are a no-no as they do not protect others from your exhalations. If your mask is vented, you must tape over the vent or wear another cover over it.
- Bonus points for having your mask match your outfit. 🙂