Here at Move and Inspire Me we encourage you to take reasonable precautions without over reacting.  Here is the advice we ask you to follow regarding your attendance at class and in private sessions with us:

  • If you have flu like symptoms, particularly a very high temperature, we ask you to avoid attending your appointment / class
  • Please come to class early to avoid delaying the start of class as there are new procedures on the door.
  • On arrival, you will be asked to pay your £1 for coffee if your class is followed by Coffee Club.  If you are choosing to be part of the Lucky 40 club, please pay for this as soon as you come in.  We won’t be running Lucky 40 club after this month.
  • Having handled the (potentially infected) money you will be asked to be sprayed with a 75% alcohol (anything under 60% is ineffective) spray which is specifically designed to target Coronavirus.  Please rub the spray for 20 seconds or more to ensure it’s effectiveness.  The spray we us IS as effective as hand washing and is of hospital grade standard.  We are doing this because we feel that hand washing prior to class would be too time consuming to be practical. Please do not touch the spray bottle yourself – only a member of staff (who has washed their hands) will handle the bottle to avoid the risk of cross contamination on the bottle.  Please do not remove the bottle from the room under any circumstances.
  • You will be signed in on the iPad by a team member.  Please do not touch the iPad yourself, particularly BEFORE being sprayed.  You will not be marked present until you have been sprayed.
  • Please do not hug or kiss team members and friends at class just now.  A fist bump is welcomed if touching is your thing but ask first as some may be following a regime of no touching at this time.
  • Please DO NOT LEND OUT OR BORROW weights and other equipment.  If you go to other classes where equipment is communal, we advise you to buy your own and not to share at this time (the reason why we have always had a “no lending” policy beyond the first class is because of mindfulness regarding the spread of infection and disease – you can take the nurse out of the hospital and all that jazz…)
  • If there is coffee club after class please come to the hatch quickly after class to avoid delays.   Allow a team member (who will have washed their hands thoroughly) to serve you.  Please do not touch handles of the jugs and Milk bottles yourself.  Use a new spoon to serve yourself sugar and put the used spoon in the receptacle provided.  We will be serving individually wrapped biscuits where possible to avoid cross contamination in the biscuit tin!.
  • If you need the loo during class, or if you sneeze, cough or blow your nose during class and after you have done the class and are all sweaty, please wash your hands using soap, for at least 20 seconds and dry them thoroughly.  Spray equipment with sanitiser if you have it.
  • If you sneeze in class, preferably sneeze into a tissue, then immediately dispose of it and wash your hands.  if you are caught out by a sneeze, do so in the crook of your arm, the front of your shoulder and not into your hand.

All joking aside, we want to be responsible within our Dance and Yoga Communities and therefore help to slow the outbreak.  Things we suggest you definitely avoid if possible:

  • Turning up at the GP’s or hospital if you have symptoms.  Contact the NHS 111 line, to avoid spreading the virus.
  • Touching the tap with your hand after you’ve washed it (use a paper towel, tissue or towel) which would mean you re-infect your hands.  Ideally keep the towel to open the door as handles will have been handled by potentially infected people
  • Kissing your dog.  Remember – they can carry the virus on their membranes even though they can’t get it
  • Using your hand when you cough or sneeze.  If you’ve time, get a tissue in on the act.  If not, cough into your shoulder as it’s the least likely area to be touching anyone else after the fact.
  • Touching your face.  Seriously… the more you touch your nose and mouth, the more likely the infection is to spread.
  • Acting on panic misinformation in the media.  You can keep an eye on the NHS frequently updated (daily this week) information site here, but arm yourself with the facts rather than buying 3 tons of toilet rolls and tins of spam or coffee cake supplies and isolating yourself for the rest of 2020.  A list of reliable sites is down below.
  • Old fashioned cloth handkerchiefs – bin them all!  Especially if they tempt you to use them more than once as this is a sure fire way of keeping the virus alive.
  • Asking for antibiotics which are for bacterial, not viral infections.
  • Buying and wearing a mask which becomes saturated with whatever is in your breath, pretty much straight away and instantly re-infects you…  Especially if you touch the mask as you take it off and infect your hands.  Even in my days as a Paediatric Theatre Nurse, we knew that masks had limits and they certainly won’t help you to wear in the street.  Where it is cultural to wear a mask in the street it is to indicate to others that you have a virus, rather than protect the wearer.  A mask will only protect against large droplets, not the smaller ones that carry the virus as the mesh isn’t small enough.

Where to go for facts about Covid-19

NHS Croronavirus

Government Guidelines

European Centre for Disease Control

AgeUK

World Health Organisation

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