SUGGESTIONS FOR RE-OPENING STUDIOS – 2020
Please keep in mind that the Public Health Authorities in each Province have their own protocol governing the re-opening of the Province. You must comply with that protocol, including the numbers allowed to gather.
Listed below are some suggestions that may be helpful.
1. If you have been giving virtual lessons, then continue to offer them to students who are not yet confident enough to come to a studio.
2. In some Provinces, the front door of the premises must open to a street and not into a mall.
3. Print out the safety guidelines and post them in the washrooms and in other prominent locations throughout the studio.
4. Keep a list of the times students were in the studio and contact information in case this is needed for contact tracing by the Public Health Authorities. In some Provinces, this is mandatory.
5. Book times for students so that people are not entering and leaving the premises at the same time.
6. Limit the number of people on the premises at any one time as required by the physical distance requirements and protocols of the Province. The size of the dance floor could determine this: approximately one person, or couple, per 4 square meters.
7. Have a hand sanitizer station at the door available for students and teachers. Everyone must wash/sanitize hands on entering.
8. Students should enter 5 minutes before the lesson and leave within 5 minutes after the lesson.
9. No shoes, clothes or other personal items may be left at the premises.
10. The teacher: No touch teaching; wear a mask or a face shield so students can see your full face; handwash; clean and sanitize touched surfaces between each lesson.
11. Students should be allowed, and encouraged, to wear a mask.
Some studio owners may feel that starting with private lessons, rather than classes, is the most comfortable option for them and their students.
Others may feel that they could offer classes but, if so, the above policies should still apply as well as the policies listed below.
1. Classes should be limited in number, determined by the Provincial Health Authorities, and the size of the premises and floor.
2. Couples in classes should already be a couple. Individual students should not be partnered with anyone. Social distancing should be adhered to.
3. It may be necessary to repeat classes, for instance: two or three couples in a class, then repeat the class with the next two or three couples and so on. This is time consuming, but it is worth it to keep your students feeling safe