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Is is Safe to Return to the Studio?

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Many aerial studios across the country and the world have begun to reopen.



 
 
You may have already attended a class or two.
 
As studio owners ourselves we have been busy creating new safety guidelines and protocols in preparation for a phased reopening of our Los Angeles studio Womack and Bowman – The Loft. There is still much work to do as we determine, in collaboration with our staff and Instructors, the safest way to open our doors to our beloved community.
 
As a passionate aerial student, itching to get back in the air,  you may be wondering “Is it safe to go to go back to the studio?”
 
The answer to that question, in our opinion, depends on a multitude of factors such as:
 
1. Whether or not the studio is located in a Coronavirus ‘hot spot’(an area of elevated incidence or prevalence of COVID -19)
2. If the studio plans on implementing new COVID-19 safety protocols in accordance with state and local guidelines for gyms as well as aerial specific protocols such as those created by the American Circus Educators Association.
3. Your age and overall health and the age and health of people in your household

Before you return to your ‘happy place’ in the air, you need to be confident that your studio is doing everything in their power to keep you safe. If they have not done anything more then declare that they are ‘OPEN’ chances are they are not prioritizing your health and safety.
 
Before you sign up for class we recommend you know the answers to the following questions:
1. Will students be sharing equipment? If so, how will the equipment be sanitized between students?
2. Will class size be limited to allow for social distancing?
Will students be required to wear masks and have their temperature taken?
3. Will ventilation will be prioritized by opening windows, using a fan or opening the doors to keep the air moving?
4. Will the studio be increasing their cleaning schedule?

Different aerial studios will likely do things differently but we recommend (if you have the luxury of choice) that you patronize those studios that are taking the pandemic seriously.
 
At the very least:
– All instructors must be required to wear masks
– Class sizes must be restricted to allow for social distancing (at least 6 feet a part)
– Apparatus’ must be sanitized or changed out between students
– Curriculum must be adapted to ensure no spotting is needed (unless in emergency situations)
– Strict hand washing protocols must be implemented

We want to see you flying high again too, when it is safe for you to do so.

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