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During the COVID-19 pandemic, we're working hard to ensure that you continue to have ongoing access to quality yoga programming, while staying safe and healthy!

We have implemented an Online Virtual Yoga class program, so that you can enjoy your practice from the comfort of your own home.  We also have launched Outdoor Yoga classes, so that you can safely enjoy a bit of community with your fellow yogis!  And, after being closed for almost 6 months, we are now open for IN-STUDIO classes, too!

As we make our way back to the studio, we will be implementing a number of new policies and procedures designed to keep you safe!  Our protocols are fully compliant with all applicable Executive Orders, directives, formal guidance and informal recommendations from the State of New Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Health, the Burlington County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC").

Below you will find an abbreviated version of our Yoga Mandala Studio Safety Plan!

In an effort to be transparent and reassure clients of the efforts we are undertaking to support your safety and good health, we are sharing portions of our Yoga Mandala Studio Safety Plan!  Read on for more information:

Pre-Registration/Electronic Payments:

Pre-registration is required for all classes, using MindBody.  Unfortunately, we are currently unable to accommodate walk-ins for in-studio classes.  Click HERE to sign up for classes online!

In addition, all payments should be made online/electronically via MindBody for all classes. Please help us keep our studio personnel safe by eliminating the exchange of cash, checks or credit/debit cards at the studio!

Accommodations for alternate payment methods can be made in advance for those who do not have access to the internet and/or do not have access to a debit/credit card.  Please call us if you need such an arrangement.

Capacity Limitations:

With current occupancy and space restrictions, our studio can only accommodate 1 yoga teacher and 4 yoga students - no spectators will be permitted.  The studio entrance/exit will be monitored by studio personnel when unlocked, in order to ensure that we do not exceed capacity limitations and that all policies set forth below are followed.

In light of the substantial cleaning/disinfecting work required of our studio personnel for in-studio classes, and the additinoal expense of same, we will require a minimum of 3 students to run in-studio classes.  Unfortunately, we cannot run in-studio classes unless that minimum is met.

Illness:

We will regularly remind teachers and clients of the importance of staying home when experiencing any symptoms that could be related to COVID-19, such as: fever, chills, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, cough, fatigue, muscle aches, body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.

In addition, anyone who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival to the studio, or at any time while they are in the studio, will be sent home in order to protect the health of others in our studio community.

Before returning to work in the studio, studio personnel will receive training and education in the importance of not coming to work while sick and of seeking medical care for severe symptoms or underlying conditions that may make them more susceptible to contracting or suffering from a severe case of the virus.

Hand Hygiene:

We will provide access to hand-washing facilities with soap and water, as well as several alcohol-based hand sanitizer stations (minimum 60% alcohol) throughout the studio.  Teachers and clients will be required to wash their hands and/or utilize hand sanitizer upon entry to the studio and may do so again repeatedly, whenever necessary.

Before returning to work in the studio, studio personnel will receive training and education in the importance of hand-washing and appropriate ways to ensure good hand hygiene in our studio environment.

Cleanliness/Sanitization:

One staff member will be clearly designated as being responsible for cleaning/sanitation efforts at all times the studio is open.

The studio will undergo a thorough, enhanced cleaning regimen before and after every class.  High-touch areas (such as restrooms, hand rails, door knobs, light switches and other common surfaces.), will be sanitized frequently, at a minimum of 3 times/day on days that the studio is open for classes.  A written cleaning log will be kept in order to track cleaning activities.

Several clearly marked "Sanitation Stations" will be provided throughout the studio, to ensure that hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, Lysol spray and other cleaning items are readily available for use by both teachers and students.

Before returning to work in the studio, studio personnel will receive training and education in the importance of cleanliness and disinfecting efforts and appropriate ways to maintain a clean, sanitized studio environment.

Social-Distancing:

One staff member will be clearly designated as being responsible for supervising and supporting social distancing efforts at all times the studio is open.

We will follow social distancing protocols that require individuals to remain 6-feet apart at all times and will ensure that each individual has the requisite amount of space for his/her practice area within the yoga room.

When waiting for the studio to open, individuals are asked to wait in line outside of the studio, near the front door.  The door will remain locked until studio personnel is present to admit each individual, one at a time.  Physical markings will be present on the sidewalk in front of the studio to assist individuals in maintaining 6 feet of distance from others while waiting in line.

Once admitted to the studio, each individual will be asked to walk directly to his/her practice space within the yoga room and to remain there, unless a visit to the restroom is needed.  Common spaces where people tend to congregate, such as the prop/cubby room and retail boutique area, will be closed.  Walking around the studio to browse or visit with others is strongly discouraged.  Physical markings will be present on the studio floor to demarcate each individual's personal space and yoga mat location.

Before returning to work in the studio, studio personnel will receive training and education in the importance of social distancing and appropriate ways to ensure adequate social-distancing in our studio environment.

COVID-19 Screening:

Before entering the studio, each individual will participate in a brief COVID-19 screening process. Studio personnel will undergo screening every time they visit the studio.

Anyone who, within the past 14 days, has been diagnosed with COVID-19, has had a test confirming that he/she has the virus and/or has been advised to self-isolate or quarantine by a doctor or public health official, will not be permitted to enter the studio.

Anyone who, within the past 48 hours, has had the following symptoms of COVID-19 that are new and/or not explained by another reason, will not be permitted to enter the studio: fever, chills, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, cough, fatigue, muscle aches, body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.

Anyone who has had "close contact" with with an individual who has or is under investigation for COVID-19 within the past 14 days will not be permitted to enter the studio.  "Close contact" is defined by the CDC as being within 6 feet of the other person for at least 10 minutes and/or having direct contact with infectious secretions from his/her body.

Each person's temperature will be taken at the door.  Anyone who has a temperature of 100.4F or above will not be permitted to enter the studio.

Face Coverings:

All individuals are required to wear a face covering that covers the mouth and nose at all times before, during and after class.  Individuals ARE permitted to briefly lift or remove masks to take a drink of water, as needed.  Disposable masks will be made available to those who need them.

If an individual refuses to wear a mask for non-medical reasons, that person will be refused entry and/or asked to leave the studio in order to ensure the safety of others.  We will not permit anyone to be present in the studio without a mask.  However, if an individual is unable to wear a mask because he/she has a medical condition that would result in mask-wearing inhibiting his/her health, an exception will be made.

Before returning to work in the studio, studio personnel will receive training and education in the importance of face coverings and the appropriate ways to utilize face coverings in our studio environment.

Personal Items/Props:

At this time, no shared props will be available and no personal items may be stored at the studio.  Both teachers and clients shall bring any props they would like to use with them to the studio, including: yoga mat, blocks, blanket, bolster, pillow, strap, eye pillow, face towel, sand bag, etc.

The prop/storage room and cubbies are currently closed.  Teachers and students shall keep all personal belongings with them, beside their mats, during class in order to minimize the need to walk around the yoga room.

Food/Beverages:

No food or beverages will be consumed indoors at the studio; however, individuals may briefly lift or remove masks to take a drink of water, as needed.

Physical Interactions:

We will minimize any possible physical interactions between individuals at the studio.  No hands-on assists will be provided and teachers will remain at the front of the room for the duration of class.

We encourage all teachers and clients arrive at the studio dressed for practice, in order to minimize the need for changing clothes at the studio.

Signage:

Signs will be present at the front door entrance and throughout the studio premises that remind teachers and students to stay home when sick, socially distance, wear masks, clean equipment as necessary, cover coughs/sneezes and practice good hand hygiene.

Ventilation:

We will ensure a minimum of 30 minutes between all in-studio classes to ensure adequate time for ventilation between groups.

Our HVAC system will be set to run continuously and windows in the yoga room will remain open when the studio is occupied to improve ventilation and increase the volume of fresh air.  We also will utilize a HEPA Filter Air Purifier to increase the cleanliness of the air within our studio space.

Exposure:

If we become aware that there has been an exposure to COVID-19 at our studio, we will immediately close the studio.  Notifications will be made to the Burlington County Health Department, as well as all teachers or clients who may have been exposed, in accordance with CDC recommendations.

The studio will be left to sit empty for at least 24 hours following a known or suspected exposure, according to CDC guidance.  Once enough time has passed, we will complete a thorough, deep clean of the studio and fully disinfect the entire space.

We will cooperate with local health department officials as they perform contact-tracing work in conjunction with the investigation of a confirmed or suspected case.

 

As always, if you have questions or need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us!