Opening your studio is critical to your business and important for your students. As you open, take care to protect yourself, your teachers, and your dancers. No one has all the answers. We believe, however, the information provided here will help keep you and yours safe as we await the vaccine.
COVID-19 Safety Protocols
Much is still unknown about transmission, reinfection, side effects, or reasons why some are unaffected and others die.
These recommendations are the latest understanding we have. They have been culled 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 COVID19; 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 COVID19 are changing frequently as we learn more about the disease. Please be on the lookout for updates from reliable sources only.
There are conflicting recommendations about reducing the impact and transmission of COVID19. Some experts claim heat and humidity will quell the virus especially during the summer. Others point out that the virus lives longer on moist surfaces. Others note that Singapore, already hot and humid, just experienced a spike. Another conflict of opinion concerns air circulation. Some say a strong air system wicks the virus away. Other say it just spreads the droplets carrying the virus infecting more people. When there are no definitive answers, we just have to wait it out until the scientists come to a consensus.
We do know that fresh air is better than being in a contained space. For a while there was conversation about should you wear or not wear a mask. This discussion is over. Wear a mask, especially in close quarters.
4 Steps to Opening Your Studio Safely
- Everyone must wear a mask or facial covering at all times. That means both teachers and students. The only exception are the babies under 5 years old. Use the three-ply masks, not the N95’s used by health professionals.
- Hand sanitizer for everyone coming into and going out of the studio. In addition once or twice during class (perhaps at the end of barre work).
- Social distancing. We have all heard about six feet apart, but when you are dancing you need to be 10 feet apart as exertion causes heavier breathing. 6 feet is fine at the ballet barre.
- Disinfecting all surfaces. Floors once or twice a day. Ballet barres, door knobs and all surfaces dancers and teachers may touch must be sanitized before and after all classes.
What to Do to Limit Risk of Spread
In addition, there are a number of Do’s and Do Not’s that will limit risk of spread.
- All students should carry their dance shoes into class and put them on in the studio. Take shoes off before leaving class. Ask parents to sanitize the bottom of the shoes prior to coming to class.
- Check temperature of everyone coming into class with a non-touch inferred thermometer. Anyone with a temperature over 100.5 must leave immediately.
- Practice/dancewear should be worn to and from class. No changing on premises.
- Facilitate smaller classes.
- Facilitate shorter classes.
- Stagger entrance time 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 they will abide by all the rules and regulations implemented to protect all the students. Get legal counsel to assist.
The Do Not’s
- No access to dressing rooms
- No bags or other personal effects in the studio, except for dance shoes.
- No use of props, toys, or any objects that would be handled by more than one person.
- No bare feet. Shoes only.
- No parents or observers in the studio. Students to be met by staff at the front door to check on masks and observe use of hand sanitizer.
- Close down water fountains and snack bar area.
- No hugging, hand shaking or close socializing before, during and after class.
- Eliminate multiple styles of dance that require change of shoes during class.
- No lying, sitting or exercises on the floor
- No shouting or singing in class. Teacher could use a mic (sanitized) for amplification.
- Limit use of bathroom facilities if possible. Sanitize often.
- Dry Cough
- Temperature more that 100.5
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of smell or taste
- Nausea or vomiting
If Someone Who Has Attended Class Tests Positive
New quarantine time is ten days. School must close for that period.
Clean and sanitize entire studio before reopening.
How to Sanitize Your Studio
- Clean every reachable surface with detergent that leaves no residue. COVID loves residue and any organic material. Always clean before using disinfectant.
- Use certified EPA 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.
- Ballet Barres, light switches, door knobs and bathrooms should be disinfected before and after every class.
- Open windows (if you have them) between classes. Fresh air helps.
Information to Know Before Opening Your Dance Studio
- COVID19 is most likely transmitted after 15 minutes of continual contact.
- Loud talking, singing or shouting transmits virus more rapidly and over greater distances. Silence is golden.
- Before using any product on your floor or surfaces test to make sure it will not discolor or damage.
- Up to 30% of those that test positive show no symptoms but can transmit the virus to others.
- People over 60 years old especially with underlying conditions (cancer, heart/lung disease, diabetes, etc) are more likely to contract COVID with serious results.
- Young people are less likely to contact COVID however they are not immune. Stroke, heart attack, and blood clotting have been reported.
- Carpeting cannot be disinfected from COVID19 by any known product on the market. Disinfectant carpet cleaners only kill odor causing bacteria.
- Latest data shows that virus transfer is less likely to happen from object to person.
Stagestep Flooring Solutions Can Help You Prepare
- Proclean: Concentrated detergent degreaser that does not leave a residue. Ideal for dance floor surfaces and for initial cleaning of all other surfaces.
- Proclean D Plus: EPA certified to kill COVID19 along with all other COVID viruses plus much more. Safe to use on dance floors ,ballet barres, etc.. Non-hazmat.
- Six foot distancing tape: 2” vinyl tape that reminds dancers of the minimum distance to stay apart.
- Micron Wipes: Use in conjunction with Proclean and Proclean D Plus to wipe down all touchable surfaces. Washable and reusable, Micron Wipes utilize extra fine fibers to trap dirt and bacteria.
- Coming soon: Spray applicators for small and large studios to speed up the cleaning and sanitizing process.
All products include free shipping in the continental USA. Contact our team today with any questions!