COVID-19 Updates

This is the resource to learn about our policy updates regarding COVID-19.


Update 8/24/20

Quick Summary of Changes

  1. We will start accepting new students.
  2. We have started a 4-hour cancelation policy.
  3. We have added more ways to qualify for the discounted in-person lesson prices.
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Aerial Fit COVID Policy Summary:
We encourage you to read our full COVID Response Plan here: 

Scheduling & general policies

Everyone entering the studio must have a pre-scheduled appointment, and have signed our new waivers and agreed to the COVID-19 Safety Agreement & Assumption of Risk.

This Safety Agreement states that you should NOT come to the studio if any of the following are true:

  1. If you have experienced symptoms that could be COVID related in the past 14 days. CDC list of possible COVID symptoms.
  2. If you have been in contact with anyone who has shown any of the above symptoms or tests positive for COVID in the past 14 days.
  3. If you have not worn a protective mask when in public situations where social distancing is not consistently possible.
  4. In addition, we are asking students who have been in high risk situations including but not limited to the following, to stay out of the studio until 14 days have passed:
    1. Indoor crowds such as commercial flights or classrooms,
    2. Large crowds such as parties, weddings, etc,
    3. Traveling to an identified hotspot,
    4. Any situation where transmission risk was higher than normal.
  5. Our staff agree to the above as well.

Aerial Fit Mask Policy:

Masks are required at all times while inside Aerial Fit. Please make sure that your mask is designed for vigorous movement.:

  1. All students and instructors’ masks must stay in place while training circus. The mask must fully cover your nose and mouth at all times.
  2. Your mask should not contain a valve. These types of masks do not protect others around you from COVID-19.
  3. You are welcome to remove the mask extremely briefly to take a sip of water, however, if you require a longer break from the mask you must step outside.
  4. We have a limited supply of hand-made 3-D 3 layer cloth masks for sale at Aerial Fit.

What else to bring:

  1. Students should bring a full water bottle. Per state recommendation, the drinking feature of the water fountain is closed. The water bottle refill feature is available for use.
  2. Comfortable form-fitting clothing that covers both the armpits and the knees. No sharp edges like zippers, etc. We have a limited supply of T-shirts for sale if needed.

Physical distancing while at Aerial Fit:

Students and staff are expected to adhere to physical distancing policies.

  1. Please arrive no more than 5 minutes before the start of your class time or training time. Wait for the sign on the door to be flipped to “enter”, and if you see students ahead of you please give them a moment to enter before you come in.
  2. Keep a distance of at least 6 feet from others at all times, except for a brief moment during temperature check at the sign-in desk.
  3. No physical cuing or spotting is happening during lessons, except in emergency situations. Lesson content is chosen to minimize the likelihood that emergency spotting will be required.
  4. In order to maintain space between students, aerial students are spaced with a minimum of 10 feet between each practice point. This means that many fewer points are in use at one time.
  5. Warm-up and ground based exercises now take place with each student in their own marked area, on a vinyl mat (for returning students, this means we no longer move throughout the space during warm-up). In addition, cardio is removed from the warm-ups for now. 

Cancellation Policy: 

  1. We have moved to a 4 hour cancellation policy instead of a 24 hour cancelation policy, to encourage anyone feeling ill or concerned about a possible exposure to be sure to cancel. 
  2. WIth more than 4 hours notice: If a student needs to cancel an in-studio reservation or point/space rental, they will receive an account credit if they contact Aerial Fit in writing at least 4 hours in advance via email to [email protected] No refunds will be issued. 
  3. With less than 4 hours notice: If a student needs to cancel an in-studio reservation or point/space rental, they will receive an account credit towards Aerial FIt’s on-demand pre-recorded classes if they contact Aerial Fit in advance via email to [email protected] No refunds will be issued.
  4. Since our in-person capacity is extremely limited at this time, we do need to be firm with our 4 hour cancellation policy. If you have questions please contact us at [email protected]

We love to hear from all of you so don’t be shy. Reach out and say hello.


Update 7/1/20

Quick Summary

  1. We are holding off on expanding our offerings due to the continued increase of new COVID cases in the area.
  2. Masks are now mandatory at all times when inside the studio.
  3. We have expanded our online offerings including both on and off apparatus training.
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We apologize that we have not recently posted on our website. Those of you we’ve been seeing in person have been getting the updates in your emails, as we confirm your appointments, and with everything going on we neglected to update the rest of you here! Our apologies.

We’ve been running private and semi-private lessons for regular students and online class members, and although we’re eager to see more of you, we are very concerned about the spike both in our state and in our local area. So we’re holding off on starting up classes until the local outbreaks can get under control. Although our governor has said that we technically can be open for group classes, we feel the safer course of action is to hold off right now. We are basing this decision on the fact that cases in both our state and especially in our local area are on an upward trend, the percentage of tests coming back positive is incredibly high, and we don’t see enough people taking precautions seriously to give us confidence in opening our business more at this time.

However, we love seeing our regulars and we love seeing all of you in online classes. Keep reading for more details about recent changes to our policies and offerings.

MASKS ARE MANDATORY WHEN IN THE STUDIO

Things change fast these days, and although our state has been very slow on the draw, we have been paying attention and have moved to require masks at all times. We actually started this in mid-June, well before our city finally instituted a mask ordinance.

Prior to making that call, we were busy researching additional information about exercising in masks, making sure we understood how to mitigate safety risks that might come out of that, and looking at possible risks specific to aerial. We were also testing out different masks designs and shapes and learning what effect, if any, they would have on our ability to train.

We’re happy to let you know that we, and the students we are currently seeing in person, are having no major issues acclimating to training in a face mask. The great news is that when you train in a mask you actually get a lot stronger, and once this is behind us and you take it off you will be surprised at your level of bad-assery! If you have any questions about best practices with this please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We also have hand-made masks (made by Jordan) available for purchase at Aerial Fit.

WE HAVE MADE SOME FUN ADJUSTMENTS TO OUR ONLINE OFFERINGS

  1. Aerial Strength & Flex live online classes are now themed around specific aerial skills. Follow us on Instagram to see what we have planned, and what we’ve covered in the past. Contact us to request a class theme.
  2. These themed Aerial Strength & Flex classes are available on-demand after the fact. If you signed up but miss class, you can make it up for free or you can purchase classes a la carte. We’re constantly adding new classes, and when you purchase you will receive instant access and have access for as long as you like.
  3. We’ve just released our first Aerial Master Course, which is a deep dive into mastering a specific aerial skill. These Master Courses include both on and off apparatus training. Our first course focuses on mastering your Windmill Hip Key on aerial silks, and we have more in development. We’re very excited about these…check them out here!

As always let us know if we can answer any questions at all. We look forward to seeing you (in person or in virtual classes) soon! Please stay healthy and safe, and do your part to help our area flatten the curve so we can get back fully to what we love.

We love to hear from you all so reach out to say hello or just send us a funny meme.

 


Update 6/9/20

Quick Summary

  1. We are holding off on a big expansion of our offerings due to the increase of new COVID cases in the area.
  2. We are increasing the number of people allowed on the training floor to 6 people. We will still be able to maintain social distancing guidelines.
  3. We are now offering 1, 2 & 3 person private lessons.
  4. Face coverings are mandatory when entering the space. You may take it off once you are on your training mat.
  5. We have installed mosquito/no-see-um netting on our large roll-up door and will be opening the door when the weather allows.
  6. We have changed the wording of our pricing for improved clarity.
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It’s so nice to be starting to see many of you again, both in person and in our online virtual classes. We’ve been running our Phase 1 reopening for 3 weeks now and we are beginning to look ahead toward Phase 2. We are holding off on expanding our offerings too quickly, however, in light of the spread of COVID-19 currently increasing in our state. We will be keeping a close eye on this and assuming the spread is controlled we will update you about more offerings then.

In the meantime, we wanted to update you about a couple of things we’ve learned since starting our Phase 1 and a couple small adjustments we are making right away.

SOCIAL DISTANCING AND TRAINING CAPACITY

aerial fit studioWe’ve learned that in our space we have not had any issues maintaining plenty of distance between students and between instructors and students.  We have typically been maintaining at least 15 feet of distance between people during class times, and still having unused space available. We’ve learned that we can still maintain this spacing and allow more than one private or semi-private lesson to happen at the same time. Therefore we have increased our training floor capacity to 6 people including instructors, which allows us to open up more time slots for 2 person private lessons.

In addition, we are now offering 1, 2, and 3 person private lessons. 4 person private lessons will sometimes be an option, depending on timing and apparatus.

FACE COVERINGS MANDATORY TO ENTER THE SPACE

Due to this small increase in capacity, we are now making it mandatory to have a face covering on when you enter the studio and anytime that you are not on your practice mat or aerial apparatus. When you are in your own practice space you are welcome to take it off if you prefer, however, keep it nearby so that you can put it on in case we need to get closer for any reason, and for when you are finished with the lesson. Face coverings can offer some protection to the people around you and they are an important tool in the fight against the disease.

If you forget to bring your mask, we will have a few available for purchase at the studio. If you need to purchase a mask ahead of time, or just want a fashionable option, check out this awesome local seamstress’s offerings and get one from here: https://www.ulalumelingerie.com/covid19-response

MOSQUITO/NO SEE UM NETTING

We have installed a mosquito/no-see-um net over the roll-up door, which means we can now have the roll-up door open for evening lessons when the weather permits.  This will allow more fresh air to circulate throughout the space. Be aware this means the space will sometimes be warmer and more humid than you’re used to.

 

 

ONLINE CLASSES

We’re thrilled to see the effects our online classes have been having as our regular students start returning. The form, technique, and strength you’ve gained are impressive, so great work!

DID YOU KNOW:

  • If you miss an online class you can request the video after? They stay online for 2 weeks so you can do the workout on your own time, and let us know any questions you have about any of the exercises.
  • Each class targets specific aerial technique, strength, and mobility that will directly impact your aerial practice. This means when you get back to your aerial practice you’ll be able to make the most of your time in the air.
  • You can ask questions during class! Chances are if you’ve got a question someone else does too so don’t be shy.
  • When we use props in class we suggest alternatives that are commonly found around the house, for example, a water bottle instead of a light hand-weight, a firm cushion instead of a yoga block, etc.

 

As always let us know if we can answer any questions at all. We look forward to seeing you (in person or in virtual classes) soon! Be sure to check out this video we posted on our instagram feed, showing you how we’ve set things up for in-person lessons right now.

 

 


Update 5/12/20

We’re so happy to be getting you back in the air. The governor has announced that gyms and fitness studios may reopen on May 18th with social distancing requirements and other restrictions in place. Our first priority has always been your safety and that has been in the front of our minds as we’ve planned our reopening strategy. While at this point nobody can ensure zero virus transmission while out in public, we are taking steps to severely limit any possible virus transmission as our state moves to reopen.

Quick Summary

  1. We are following local COVID-19 guidelines.
  2. We are still offering online live-streaming classes.
  3. We will start offering on-apparatus private lessons on Monday, May 18th.
  4. On-apparatus private lessons are only available to current members.
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To adhere to social distancing requirements in the context of an aerial practice, the first phase of our reopening (starting May 18th) will be limited to private lessons for current members only, in conjunction with online ground training classes. Here’s what you need to know about your new normal for now at Aerial Fit.

WHAT WE’RE DOING TO KEEP STUDENTS AND STAFF SAFE

  • We are continuing to offer our schedule of online live classes, to keep you aerial fit while grounded at home. These classes will supplement your on apparatus training and make your aerial comeback more smooth.
  • For the foreseeable future there will be no apparatus sharing. All lessons will be one student per apparatus with the instructor on their own apparatus. All apparatuses that can be disinfected between users will be, and all apparatuses that cannot realistically be cleaned between users (for example, aerial fabrics and aerial slings) will “rest” for 3 days between users. Based on current research this is plenty of time for the virus to die if on a soft porous surface.
  • In Phase 1 of our reopening we are limiting the capacity of our training floor to a maximum of 4 people at one time. This will allow everyone to maintain much more than the recommended 6 feet of social distancing which we feel is not enough for our comfort in this early phase of reopening.
  • All crash mats will be disinfected between users.
  • We are providing individual vinyl warm-up and floor conditioning mats for students to use instead of being on the floor. These will be disinfected between users.
  • We will not be offering hands on spotting during Phase 1, except in an emergency. This is a time to slowly make your aerial comeback by starting with conditioning, review of familiar skills, and simple choreography. 
  • We will not be accepting new students during Phase 1 since new students require hands on assistance.
  • Rosin and chalk will be sold in individual quantities that you will be able to keep with you and bring to your lesson.
  • Spectators will not be allowed during private lessons. 
  • The facility will be cleaned thoroughly and frequently. Cleaning supplies will be provided near any frequently touched surface so that students may have the option to disinfect before use.
  • Nobody who has symptoms of COVID-19 (see below) is allowed in the space. Everyone who enters will have their temperature scanned with a touch free forehead thermometer before continuing past the sign in desk.
  • Weather permitting, we will have the roll-up door open to allow for an influx of fresh air circulation through the studio. When weather does not allow, we will at a minimum open the roll-up door for a few minutes periodically throughout the day to allow for fresh air to circulate.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO HELP US KEEP THE COMMUNITY SAFE

We are all in this together, and to prevent a setback or another closure due to an outbreak in the local or regional community requires us all to be vigilant. Your new normal at Aerial Fit will include the following.

BEFORE ENTERING:

  • Be aware of the symptoms of COVID-19. According to the CDC, symptoms may include Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fever, Chills, Repeated Shaking with Chills, Muscle Pain, Headache, Sore Throat, New Loss of Taste or Smell. 
  • If you have had any symptoms of COVID-19 or exposure to someone with the disease, then stay home and do not enter the studio! Guidelines for how and when to stop self-isolating can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/disposition-in-home-patients.html

WHEN ENTERING FOR YOUR SCHEDULED LESSON:

  • When you arrive for your class or lesson, wait outside until we flip the door sign to ENTER before entering. This will help us keep the entrance area clear and allow us to get previous students out the door, and any cleaning that needs to take place finished, before the next student enters. 
  • Take and record your temperature on arrival with our touch free forehead thermometer. The new sign-in sheet will ask you about symptoms and known exposures.
  • Be aware of your space and leave plenty of space (6 foot minimum) between yourself and others while in the studio.
  • Wash your hands before and after each class or lesson.
  • Do not touch your face with an unwashed hand.
  • If you cough or sneeze, do so into a tissue which you immediately discard, or into the crook of your elbow. Wash your hands immediately after.
  • Clean up after yourself. Signage will be posted regarding this but it will be necessary for students to clean their own crash mats and warm-up mats after use.
  • Follow the 3 C’s:
    • COVER – cough (or sneeze) into the crook of your elbow or into a tissue that is immediately thrown away, then wash your hands.
    • CLEAN – Frequently wash your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds – about the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice.
    • CONTAIN – Stay home when you are sick until you have been free of fever for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. 
  • Be patient with yourself. It’s been awhile since you’ve been in the air but don’t worry we have a plan! Keep reading for more on what to expect as you return to aerial practice after a break.

Be aware: The wearing of masks at Aerial Fit is optional at this time. Masks can protect the people around you in normal situations, however, during aerial practice masks can create a hazard in that they limit breathing, volume of speech, peripheral vision, and may present a distraction if they slip or move during certain moves. Feel free to wear a mask when you enter and leave the space, and anytime you are not working on complex aerial skills, if you prefer.

COMING BACK TO AERIAL AFTER A BREAK

Coming back to your aerial practice after a break is exciting, and you’re likely going to want to jump right back into where you were when we closed. But, your body is going to have other plans. If you’ve been keeping up with your training in our online classes, then you’ll have a good head start. But, you will still have to reacclimate your body to the unique demands of being in the air. We approach coming back to aerial after any break (from vacation, injury, illness, or circumstances) as the same process.

  • Ease back in. Start with very simple skills. Our first time back will often feel like a slow extended on apparatus warm-up where we spend a long time checking in with our grip, our climbs, our simple mounts, our simple footlocks, etc.
  • Be patient with yourself. Your mind will want to do more than your body will be ready for. Be disciplined so that you can come back strong. 
  • Take this opportunity to hone in on any weak points, bad habits, or long term challenges you’ve had with aerial. Have you always felt like your lines could be better? Then focus on extending through all of your simple skills. Have you always felt tweaky in one or both shoulders? Hone in on your alignment in your most basic skills, so you can change any bad habits you may have unknowingly had.
  • Develop new habits and drop old ones. Habits are so hard to break! But, they’re easier to break when they’re no longer a habit. This is why as instructors we’ve always found that students without good training (either no training or poor quality instruction) have the hardest time progressing…there are too many bad habits and it’s very hard to change them once they’re ingrained. Students starting with a blank slate have the opportunity to develop amazing habits right from the start, and they progress to their goals the fastest. Take time to be sure you’re only bringing back to your practice what you want to bring back (for example, your amazing toe point) and leave that which was holding you back (for example, your tendency to let that one shoulder roll forward in your lock-offs).
  • Have fun! Remember what you love about aerial and find that joy again through simple skills and sequences at first. Once your body has spent some time in the air it will remember quickly, and you will be back where you were (and even further along) before you know it.

 

What else to know:

Your pre-pandemic memberships and class cards remain on hold, and will be there for you when we get closer to normal. 

If you have any questions about anything at all please contact us. We look forward to seeing you (whether in person or virtually) soon!