COVID-19 Coronavirus Update - Sept 28, 2020

As Winnipeg heads into the Orange Restricted Level, effective Monday, the health and well-being of our dancers and their families continues to remain our number one priority here at Maples Academy of Dance. While this restriction level doesn’t have a significant impact on how we run classes, we will be implementing a few stricter rules for the facility for duration of the Orange Restrictions:
 

MASKS ARE NOW REQUIRED Anyone attending Maples Academy of Dance is required to wear a mask in the facility. This includes:

  • Parents entering the facility for drop off/pick up, waiting for their young dancer in the lobby (lobby is still restricted to 5 people at a time) or to make payments;

  • Dancers coming for classes, and;

  • Teachers.


Please note: any dancer who cannot properly put on/take off a mask on their own, either due to age or ability, are not required to wear masks. For the safety of our staff, teachers will not be permitted to assist dancers with putting on or removing masks. Please ensure you go over proper mask practices with your dancer.

 

Anyone coming into the facility without a mask will either be required to purchase one for $1.00 or will be asked to wait outside.

 

ARRIVE NO EARLIER THAT 10 MINUTES BEFORE CLASS To limit the traffic in and out of the building and dancers waiting in the lobby, we ask dancers to arrive for class no earlier than 10 minutes before class. The studio door will be locked and a staff member will open the door 10 minutes before class to let you in. Enter/exit practices remain the same: Dancers are to sanitize their hands upon entering/before leaving and should take their possessions in class with them in their dance bag.


We continue to limit capacity in classes to allow for safe physical distancing and space in our waiting room will remain limited to 5 people. Please limit the number of people you arrive with and of course, if anyone is sick, stay home.


Before attending the studio, dancers, parents and visitors are asked to self screen using the tool below. When attending class, dancers are asked to follow the instructions in the video below.

MAPLES ACADEMY OF DANCE COVID-SAFE POLICIES

 

Our goal at Maples Academy of Dance has always been to provide a safe and positive dance environment for all of our dancers. As we re-open from the pandemic shut-down, the following protocols are in place for the safety of our dancers and staff, so they can continue to enjoy the benefits of regular dance programming.

 

GENERAL

  • Stay home when you’re sick. Do not come to class if you’re sick with COVID-19 symptoms, specifically cough, runny nose, or fever. If a sick dancer comes to class, they may be sent home at our discretion.

  • When entering the studio, guests are asked to maintain proper physical distancing. Hand sanitizer is available in the lobby - please use it upon entering the facility.

  • Dancers are reminded to use the washroom at home before coming class to limit public restroom use.

  • Dancers are asked to eat at home. In the event that a dancer has to eat a snack at the studio, dancers are asked to eat in the studio lobby only. Parents are asked to remind their dancers to always wash their hands before and after eating - the studio will not police this.

  • Masks are currently mandatory under the orange restriction level.

    • When the yellow level is in place, masks are encouraged in common areas like the lobby and changeroom. Dancers are not required to wear a mask during class but can do so if they choose. Masks are not provided but dancers who choose to wear a mask can do so by bringing their own mask with them to class.

 

STAYING SAFE IN CLASS

  • Class sizes have been reduced to allow for the recommended occupancy and physical distancing protocols. Class sizes will increase if/when public health officials deem it is safe to do so.

  • Individual dance spots will be marked on the floor to allow for appropriate physical distancing during class – Dancers are asked to remain in their assigned spots during class. There are also spots outlined in class for dancers to place their waterbottle and small dance bag.

  • Class times have been staggered to allow for a smooth transition between classes, and to reduce the number of people in the building at any given time.

  • Dancers will be asked to sanitize their hands at the start and end of their lesson.

  • Teachers will be disinfecting ballet barres, stereos and any props used between each class.

  • All dancers are asked to bring water with them from home in their own reusable water bottle. Teachers will control access at the water cooler for dancers who forget their water, by filling a disposable cup for their dancers, then disinfecting the buttons and knobs of the cooler. All public access to the water cooler will be temporarily suspended.

  • Teachers will be enforcing the dress code more strictly to ensure dancers are coming to class in clean dancewear and with their hair pulled back securely, to minimize touching of their hair and face, and limit the spread of germs between dancers and throughout the facility.

  • Partner work (lifts, hand holding etc) will be suspended in class exercises and choreography for the time being.

  • Teachers using props as part of their classes or choreography will be maintaining proper sanitization of their props accordingly (wiping handles, putting names on items for each dancer etc)

 

LOBBY AND OFFICE

  •  Dancers and parents are asked to limit the use of the studio lobby to:

  1. Dancers waiting safely indoors for parents to arrive for pick-up;

  2. Parents with young children who cannot attend class independently, to assist them with removing   shoes and jackets and preparing to attend/leave class;

  3. Dancers who need to remain at the studio between classes, to minimize congregating in the changeroom Note: permission to remain at the studio between classes must be granted in advance by the studio directors or office manager.

  • Access to complimentary coffee and tea, as well as magazines and children’s books in the studio lobby, will be suspended for the time being.

  • The studio office has been rearranged to accommodate physical distancing requirements and to limit the amount of foot traffic and touch points beyond the new reception table in the office. Parents are asked to remain in the lobby unless attending a scheduled meeting with a studio director, teachers, or office manager.

 

DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP

  • Dancers are asked to arrive no earlier than 10-minutes before the start of their scheduled class time, and parents are asked to be prompt in picking their dancers up after class.

  • Dancers and parents are asked not to congregate for extended periods in the lobby or changeroom.

  • Parents of older dancers who can attend class independently are asked to remain in the car for drop-off/pick-up.

 

PAYMENTS

  • Parents are asked to pay by credit card or post-dated cheque wherever possible.

  • Automatic credit card payments can be set up through the studio office for dancers on the Monthly payment plan.

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40 Mandalay Dr,

Winnipeg, MB R2X 2Z2

Phone: (204) 697-9205

Email: info@maplesdance.com

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Mon & Tue: 4pm - 8pm
Wed & Thur: 4pm-9pm

Sat: 9:30am-3:45pm

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