Covid-19 Update

Covid Safe Plan – July 2020

Following the guidelines provided by the ACT government (updated June 19), Yoga Mandir has developed a Covid Safe Plan for the safety of students, volunteers and staff.

These guidelines continue the hygiene practices that have been in place at Yoga Mandir since April 2020, and extend procedures to student attendance as we commence face-to-face teaching for some of our classes.

This document acknowledges the potential risks posed by inviting face to face class attendance. We therefore ask that all staff and students become familiar with the detail of our guidelines, as we all hold an important role in ensuring the ongoing safety of all who attend.

  1. Ensuring physical distancing

Government restrictions currently require that:

  • Yoga Mandir holds no more than a total of 100 patrons in the building premises at any time, inclusive of all areas.
  • All persons within the building maintain social distancing of 1.5 meters in all areas at all times. This includes the stairwell, landing, bathrooms, reception area, as well as the studio & consult room.
  • Within active areas such as the studio space and consult room, there can be no more than one person per 4 square metres at any time.

To comply with these spacing requirements, Yoga Mandir has implemented the following restrictions on attendance at classes, and use of the space.  Signage within the building will reinforce the following guidelines for each area.

 

Student Guidelines for Attendance

Arriving

The downstairs door to the building will be unlocked 20 minutes prior to the class. You will be able to enter the reception and studio areas 15 minutes before the class start time.

For security, the downstairs and upstairs doors will be locked at the commencement time of the class. We are unable to accommodate you if you are late. Please try to be ready on your mat 5 minutes before the class starts.

On arrival, please follow the spacing guideline of 1.5m as you enter the building, come up the stairs, and prepare for class.  If there is a bottle-neck at any stage in the time prior to class please wait, as individuals move through to the studio and the congestion clears.

Personal belongings and entering the Studio

Students can leave all their personal belongings in the cubicles provided in the double-sided shelving provided, perpendicular to the entrance of the studio.  Secure lockers will not be available for use at this point in time.

Please enter the studio through the left (south side) door and place your items in a cubicle on your way in.  When you leave the studio for use of bathroom during the class, &/or when you leave the studio at the end of the class, please exit through the right (north side) door and take your items from your cubicle space as you leave.

Use of the bathrooms is restricted to two persons only at any time. Showers are not available for use until further notice. Please do not use the bathroom area to change. We recommend that you arrive in your practice clothing and layer extra covering on top to minimise the need to inhabit the space more than required.

Within the Studio

The number of students allowed in the studio will be limited to meet government requirements of 4 m2/person.  At present, Yoga Mandir will accommodate a maximum of 10 students per studio class with the addition of a teacher and an assistant, or a led practice leader and buddy.

Mats have been placed according to the spacing requirements and should not be moved. Students will place their own mat on top of one of these studio mats and need to will supply all of their own equipment.  The use of communal studio equipment such as mats, blocks, blankets, belts bolsters and cushions will be suspended until further notice. 

Students need to leave the premises promptly after class finishes- talking, socialising etc should not take place within the premises. The teacher can then follow hygiene guidelines after the class.

What to bring

Please bring a mat, two blocks and two blankets as well as a belt. Although you can participate in class without these items, we cannot lend you any equipment and much of our practice depends on using props.

Record Keeping

In order to meet the government record keeping requirements, all students attending studio classes will need to book their place through Mindbody online.  Casual walk in attendance will not be allowed.  Teachers are required to mark off their attendance lists at the time of the class to ensure that records are correct.

 

  1. Cleaning sanitising and hygiene activities

Student responsibilities

If you are at all unwell, do not attend class and do not return to classes until you are fully recovered. If you begin to feel unwell during a class, please notify your teacher and go home.  If you or anyone in your household has come into contact with someone who tests positive for Covid-19, please refrain from attending classes for 14 days.

Any individual entering the premises must clean their hands before coming up the stairs and again upon entering the studio doors to the teaching space. Hand sanitiser is provided for this purpose at both the bottom of the stairs and at the entrance to the studio.

At the conclusion of the class, you will need to sanitise your equipment and spray down the studio mat that your own mat has been placed on.

Staff/Leader responsibilities

Any individual entering the premises must clean their hands before coming up the stairs and again upon entering the studio doors to the teaching space. Hand sanitiser is provided for this purpose at both the bottom of the stairs and at the entrance to the studio.

Following the class staff/leaders are responsible for to wiping down all surfaces that have been used by any individual present for the duration of the class and the time prior to and following the class.

Staff/leaders will ensure that after all other persons have left the building, they will disinfect:

  • All door handles, light switches, heater switches and surfaces that students or staff have come into contact with.
  • All equipment used for virtual classes including the iPad and cords, the microphone, the stage area and office equipment including computers, mouse, desk surfaces and draws/printers as they are used.
  • Bathroom doors, latches and flushing mechanism as well as taps must be disinfected using disposable wipes as well as the cubicles used by students to store their belongings
  • Landing and stairway rails as well as entrance doors and latches must also be wiped
  1. Managing staff or students presenting with illness

If you are at all unwell do not attend class and do not return to classes until you are fully recovered.  If you begin to feel unwell during a class, please notify your teacher and go home.  If you or anyone in your household has come into contact with someone who tests positive for Covid-19, please refrain from attending classes for 14 days.

This applies to Led Practice Leaders and Buddies who will need to organise to be replaced.

If a teacher is unwell, they will not attend their allocation and a substitute teacher will step in. This too can happen at the last minute and it may not always be possible for students to be notified. We appreciate your understanding in the event that this takes place.

 

  1. Adjusting students – Teacher guidelines

Due to Government restrictions regarding physical distancing, teachers will not be able to give hands on adjustments or support until further notice.  A stick may be used to point to an area on the student’s body or teachers may give a visual by adjusting their own body.