Covid-19 Update

UPDATES – SEPTEMBER 2021

Tuesday 14 September

The ACT government has extended its lockdown for an additional four weeks until 11:59pm Friday 15 October.   The virtual setting for all classes will remain in place until further notice.

 

Thursday 2 September

The ACT government has extended its lockdown for another two weeks until Friday 17 September .  All studio classes have been cancelled during this period.  Our virtual classes will continue. 

At this point in time, we plan to maintain the virtual setting for classes through to Sunday 19 September and as we receive further updates from the Government, we will adjust to the longer-term situation.

The extended lockdown means many of you will have disrupted timetables. We will now offer class recordings to those enrolled in the following classes:

  • Monday 5.45pm Developing level class with Alan
  • Tuesday 6.30am Established level class with Alan 
  • Wednesday 10.00am Pranayama class with Alan
  • Thursday 6.30am Established level class with Alan

Those enrolled in any of these classes will receive a link to the class recording the same day. The recording will be available for 3 days following the class for any of the participants to practice to. These recordings are removed after that time.

Therapy and Private classes have been cancelled at present as these require studio attendance along with the Teacher Development weekend scheduled for 3-5 September.

 

Covid Safe Plan – 2021

Following the guidelines provided by the ACT government, Yoga Mandir has developed a Covid Safe plan for the safety of both students and staff attending classes in Belconnen.

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.

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.

Government restrictions require that:

Yoga Mandir holds no more than one person per two square metres of usable space.

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.

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.

 

Total Capacity: 80 individuals

  • Studio: 60 people, however Yoga Mandir continues to limit classes to 30 people/class
  • Consult Room: 7 people
  • Stairs & Landing: 10 people
  • Reception: 12 people
  • Bathrooms: 2 people

 

Student Guidelines for Attendance

Arriving:

It is now mandatory for all restricted business activities to use the Check In CBR app.  As such anyone visiting Yoga Mandir (students, teachers & volunteers) must now use the check in CBR app located at the top of the stairs and show staff the green tick, before entering the Institute.  If you do not have a device that supports the app, please check in using our business app on the iPad inside the foyer.

The downstairs door to the building will be opened 15 minutes prior to the class.

For security the downstairs door will be locked at the start of the class.

On arrival, please follow the spacing guidelines 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.

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, 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.

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.  At present, Yoga Mandir will accommodate a maximum of 30 students per studio class with the addition of a teacher and an assistant.

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.

Students need to leave the premises promptly after class finishes – talking, socialising etc should not take place within the premises.

 

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 these items and much of our practice depends on the use of props.

The use of communal studio equipment that cannot be easily cleaned is to be avoided.  Bolsters and cushions may be used if students have their own slip covers and follow studio guidelines for hand hygiene. 

 

Record Keeping:

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.

 

 

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 sanitise 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 any borrowed equipment and spray down the studio mat that your own mat has been placed on.

 

Staff/Leader responsibilities:

Any individual entering the premises must sanitise 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.

 

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.

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.

 

Adjusting students – Teacher guidelines

Please be aware that hands on adjustments by teachers are not possible under the current restrictions.

Updates to our Covid-Safe Plan will be made as changes to government guidelines emerge. Please check in with this document regularly to ensure that you stay up to date with our processes.