COVID Plan

Beyond Measure, LLC

 

COVID-19 SAFE  PLAN

CONTENTS

  1. Content ……………………………………………………………………1
  2. Purpose……………………………………………………………………………….2
  3. INTRODUCTION ……………………………………………………………………….2
  4. COVID-19…………………………………………………………………………………….3
  5. Get in, Dance, Get out Methodology…………………………………………………4
  6. BEST PRACTICE GUIDANCE…………………………………………………………….5
  7. KEY COVID SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS……………………………………………. 7
  8. Resources…………………………………………………………………….………8

 

Purpose

Beyond Measure, LLC  is committed to protecting the health and safety of our community, members and staff. The purpose of this statement and plan is to ensure and to inform our community of the procedures we are taking for their safety and ours. The information in this document is meant as an adjunct to provide more information for our members, staff and community  as we all work to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 and provide safe environments for dancers in the studio. We Pledge to abide by the universal measures and Missouri ArtSafe pledge. Missouri ArtSafe.

The information in this document is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or recommendations from federal, state and local public health authorities. As the knowledge regarding COVID-19 is constantly changing. Please refer to www.cdc.gov and local public health officials for the most up to date information.

Introduction

“The COVID-19 pandemic has substantially affected communities all around the world, leading to significant restrictions on all sectors of society, in particular the performing arts. In the field of dance and physical performing arts all activities ceased completely in the third week of March 2020. COVID-19 has impacted people in myriad ways with many experiencing degradation to their physical and mental health and significant impact on their financial status. Resumption of cultural and creative activities will significantly contribute to the re- establishment of normality, in a post COVID-19 environment as well as shoring up the supply chain and rebooting hundreds of small and medium sized businesses. To ensure safety of our communities and ourselves, we are faced with complex decisions and must carefully consider how we return to dance activities in the COVID environment and how we engage others.”

COVID

The COVID-19 novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus affecting humans. Some coronaviruses can cause illness similar to the common cold and others can cause more serious diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). This novel coronavirus is still new and as such we are still learning more about it.

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms reported in identified cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus include:

  • fever
  • coughing
  • sore throat
  • fatigue
  • difficulty breathing
  • headache
  • unexplained muscle and/or joint pain
  • chills
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarreha,
  • loss of sense of smell
  • pink eye

Anyone with symptoms or fever is asked to return home, report to their physician and isolate themselves.

  •  The same procedures will be applied to all employees entering our location
  •  All dancers and staff should be self-monitoring their symptoms. This may include but is not limited to:
  •  Checking for fever > 100.4, cough, shortness of breath twice a day
  •  Daily review of other symptoms that could be related: Sore throat, congestion, headache, muscle and joint pain, chills, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, loss of sense of smell, pink eye
  • Anyone who develops symptoms should leave immediately, seek care from their physician, and isolate

There is no specific treatment for COVID-19 infection. Antibiotics are not effective against viral
infections. However, most of the symptoms can be treated with medical care. There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19 novel coronavirus. COVID-19 is highly transmissible between people and immediately spreads to close contacts of infected individuals. The risk for First Nations communities is great and, as such, risk analysis must reflect this. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces (fomites)2, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

Get in, Dance, Get out Methodology – Studio

This includes:

  • no use of change rooms or shower amenities
  • toilets may remain open but must be cleaned regularly
  • arrive dressed and ready for class or rehearsal wherever possible
  • arrive on time, leave on time
  • maintain good hygiene practices eat off-site where possible
  • all participants maintain at least 6f apart when not required for a specific dance activity
  • any tasks that can be done at home, should be done at home (costume or clothing repair, make-up), online meetings, etc.

BEST PRACTICE GUIDANCE

    • No Lobby access/waiting. The escort of escorts of dancers is to be limited. One per child. For our younger ages, we are only accepting 5 dancers.
    • The lobby is closed to all visitors. All classes can be viewable on a Zoom link that will be emailed.
    • Staff are to wear a mask or face shield and are to maintain 6ft.
    • A protective shield is placed at the front desk.
    • Hand Sanitizer and Dispensers are located throughout the studio.
    • Dancers are encouraged to come dressed in dance attire to avoid changing at the dance studio.
    • Please leave extra bags in the car or at home.
    • Dancer’s parent or guardian must wear a mask.
    • Dancers are asked to sanitize their hands before entering the studio.
    • There are designated spots in the studio for dancers to store their dance bags if they need to change shoes.
    • Teachers have created lesson plans to help our dancers maintain their space.
    • Teachers will teach from the front of the classroom and be prepared to wear a mask or face shield if they need to get close to a dancer to assist or spot.
    • There is no access to the water fountain; dancers must bring a spill proof cup or water bottle.
    • Dancer’s phones must be kept in a dance bag.
    • Any props used will be put in the “used” bin to be sanitized before being used again.
    • When class is done, dancers will be invited into the lobby (one at a time) to get ready to leave.
    • Dancers will be asked to leave one at a time and handed over to a parent or guardian at the designated spot.
    • Floors and barres (if used) will be cleaned between each class.
    • Bathrooms and high traffic areas are cleaned and sanitized before each and after each class.
      • No new students after August 31st
      • All class sizes will stay below 7. This allows our dancers to spread out.
      • Daily temperature checks before entry to the studio
      • On time Drop off and Pick up is required.
      • Each session will be recorded for any student that is absent.
      • No extra visitors allowed in the waiting area.
      • Mask are required upon entry.
      • Parents are not to stay in the lobby except for Pre and Primary. In this case. Only one parent can be in attendance. No outside family/friends or siblings.
      • Before each class, parents will be asked standard Covid questions.
      • Please get tested before we start…September 1st.
      • Dancers must arrive and leave in their mask.
      • Dancers are to also arrive in their class attire.
      • Studios are marked with dance squares to help our dancers ensure social distance.

     

     

    Key COVID Safety –  Administrative Methodology

    • Contact Tracing
    • Social Distancing
    • Sanitation and Hygien

Best Practices for events guide (updated by August 21, 2020)

 

Online resources that shaped this document:

https://dancemagazine.com.au/2020/05/a-covid-safe-plan-for-your-dance-studio/

https://dance-usa.s3.amazonaws.com/page_uploads/COVID%20FAQ%20-%20MAY%202020.pdf

https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0021/134715/covid-safe-industry-plan-dance-physical-performing-arts.pdf?nocache-v1