Safely reopening your dance studio is critical to your business and your students. As you open, take precautions to protect yourself, your teachers and your dancers. No one has all the answers, but you can take steps to stay as safe as possible while we await more people getting vaccinated and more coronavirus variant (Delta) information.
As more and more receive vaccinations there is a sense that we can plan to get back to work like it was 2019. But it is not 2019. COVID-19 is still with us and we should not completely let down our guard. Make your dance studio opening as germ-free as possible with proper cleaning procedures, and other safe behaviors. Let’s take a look at what those practices to reopen your dance studio entail.
COVID-19 Safety Protocols
Much remains unknown about transmission, reinfection, side effects or reasons why some are asymptomatic, other people have long-lasting health complications and others lose their lives. Research is ongoing, but many health organizations have released guidance on practices to keep the virus away as best we can, based on current knowledge.
We’ve culled these recommendations from the Task Force on Dancers’ Health Report sponsored by Dance USA, interviews with the technical director of a major chemical company that manufactures disinfectants that kill COVID-19 and Dr. Bonnie Simmons, chair of Prohealth Urgent Care in New York, who has headed up task forces responding to Ebola and COVID-19.
For medical advice, please contact your physician. Protocols on dealing with COVID-19 are evolving rapidly as we learn more about the disease. Please be on the lookout for updates from reliable sources only.
We do know that fresh air is better than being in a contained space.
Dance Studio Cleaning Checklist
- Have hand sanitizer available and promote its’ use.
- Clean and disinfect common areas such as changing rooms and bathrooms more than once a day.
- Clean and disinfect ballet barres and door knobs at least once a day.
- Clean and disinfect your floors at least once a week.
- If you can, keep your windows open as often as possible.
What to Do to Limit Risk of Spread
- Encourage Vaccinations
- Check the temperature of everyone coming into class with a non-contact infrared thermometer. Anyone with a temperature over 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit must leave immediately.
- Use Air Circulation Filters or Provide Outside Dance
- Facilitate smaller, shorter classes.
- Stagger entrance times into the studio to avoid lines.
- Get a signed release from parents saying they are sending their children to class without any symptoms of the virus, and that they will abide by all the rules and regulations implemented to protect all the students. Get legal counsel to assist as necessary.
- If someone comes down with COVID-19, everyone must bring proof of a negative test in order to return
- Keep non-essential people (friends and parents) out of the studio at least through the end of 2021
- Post all safety procedures you implement on your website and in your studio
Everyone is tired of the year plus restrictions and we all need to get back to social interactions but remember that fall is flu season and the experts are talking about booster shots. Your business, program and activities will only flourish if we all stay safe.
Symptoms can range widely, but commonly reported symptoms of COVID-19 include the following and can appear within two weeks after the initial exposure to the virus. This list is not comprehensive, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are always updating it as they learn more.
- Dry cough
- Fever with a temperature over 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Loss of smell or taste
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sore throat
- Muscle or body aches
If your students show these symptoms, send them home immediately, and urge them to get tested.
If Someone Who Has Attended Class Tests Positive
A positive test result can be nerve-wracking for you, your clients and your instructors. If someone comes down with COIVD-19, everyone must bring proof of a negative test in order to return.
Thoroughly clean and sanitize the entire studio from wall to wall.
How to Sanitize Your Studio
Sanitizing your studio involves more than just spraying high-touch surfaces with disinfectant.
- Clean every reachable surface with a detergent that leaves no residue. COVID-19 loves residue and any organic material. Always clean the surface before using disinfectant.
- Use EPA-certified disinfectant on all surfaces.
- Clean and disinfect your dance floor surface at least once a day. Twice would be even better. Products with alcohol, ammonia or bleach will damage your floor, so take care to use floor-specific substances.
- Disinfect ballet barres, light switches, doorknobs and bathrooms before and after every class.
- If you have windows, open them between classes. Fresh air helps.
Information to Know Before Reopening Your Dance Studio
- COVID-19 most likely gets transmitted after 15 minutes of continual contact.
- Loud talking, singing or shouting transmits the virus more rapidly and over greater distances. Silence is golden.
- Before using any product on your floor or surfaces, test to ensure it will not discolor or damage.
- Many carriers of COVID-19 are asymptomatic. Anywhere from 10 to 40% of those infected may not experience symptoms, but can transfer the virus to others.
- People over 65 years old, especially with underlying conditions like cancer, heart/lung disease, diabetes, etc., are more likely to contract severe cases of COVID-19. That means Grandma and Grandpa should refrain from coming to watch practice for a few weeks. Urge them to stay home.
- Young people are less likely to contact COVID-19 — however, they are not immune. There have been reports of side effects such as stroke, heart attack and blood clotting in younger patients.
- No known product on the market can disinfect carpeting from COVID-19. Disinfectant carpet cleaners only kill odor-causing bacteria.
- Recent data shows that virus transfer is less likely to happen from object to person. Person-to-person contact through droplet transmission is much more prevalent.
Stagestep Flooring Solutions Can Help You Prepare
Many common cleaning supplies can harm your dance floor or make it slippery. Stagestep products are designed to do the job effectively and economically without causing harm to your Marley or wood floors.
We have specially formulated our array of products to clean your floors without damaging them over time.
- ProClean: ProClean is a concentrated detergent degrease that does not leave a residue and does not have to be rinsed. Its mid-PH formula is ideal for everyday use to clean your surfaces.
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- ProClean D No Rinse: EPA certified disinfectant that kills COVID-19 along with other viruses, bacteria, fungus and mildew. Non-hazmat, hospital-strength and safe to use on dance floors, ballet barres, etc.
- Micron Wipes: Washable and reusable these wipes have extra-fine fibers to trap dirt and bacteria and will not degrade disinfectants.
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