Studio Policies and Practices – Updated April, 2021
Having researched available sanitizing equipment and techniques, YPL is confident our policy changes and enhanced hygienic practices we’ve put in place — sanitizing, masking, filtering, distancing — will continue to keep exposure to a minimum. Above all, frequent and thorough handwashing stops contact transmitted COVID in its tracks, while distancing and masking effectively interrupt airborne transmission.
1. Class Changes
To help prevent community spread by either airborne or contact transmission, YPL contains exposure by limiting class size and observing distancing.
- Privates are unaffected. The popular New Client Intro 4-Pack remains available.
- Duets and Group classes are restricted to family members only. Contact (email or call) the studio for details.
- Mat classes are cancelled until vaccinations are considered to have reached the herd immunity stage.
- Social distancing continues to be observed.
Class descriptions and availability updates will be posted here as conditions change.
2. Enhanced Hygiene and Sanitizing
The primary methods of COVID virus transmission are by droplets (cough or sneeze) and aerosols (breathing). We’re controlling the virus with antiseptics, masking, and by making sure the air is continuously exchanged and filtered using existing and auxiliary equipment.
Your Pilates Lifestyle has always had a rigorous policy of student responsibility for equipment sanitizing in accordance with Classical Pilates instruction. For many years the specially formulated EPA registered antiseptic gym wipes we use to clean the equipment have been effective in helping limit the spread of conventional viruses similar to 2019 SARS-CoV-2. We will maintain this vigorous approach to hygiene.
- The instructor always wears a mask. Clients are requested to do so as well. Pleated masks are available on request.
- Unless clients are members of the same family, only one student at a time will be allowed in the studio.
- Upon entering the studio, clients will use hand sanitizer or wash their hands before beginning their session. Sign-in will be completed by the instructor.
- After each session, students will clean the apparatus in the usual fashion, using the provided Force gym wipes.
Non-apparatus protocol: Doorknobs, lavatory handles, and other commonly touched hard surfaces are wiped down frequently. Soft surfaces, the changing room, and the bathroom are disinfected with an FDA approved sanitizing spray on a daily basis. The floor is regularly cleaned with a disinfecting wet dusting cloth.
If you use the bathroom during your session, remember to wash your hands thoroughly when finished. Sanitizing wipes are provided for cleaning hard surfaces.
Finally, if for whatever reason you even think you’re getting sick, stay home. The late cancel policy won’t apply, just call so we can make the necessary adjustments to your account.
3. Environmental Changes
To prevent airborne transmission, we’ve upgraded the A/C filter and introduced a medical grade air purifier to help control suspended contaminates.
- Switched HVAC to a MERV 13 rated return filter.
- Added a stand-alone air purifier that uses a true HEPA medical grade 3 rated H13 filter.
The A/C, air purifier, and bathroom fan run continuously during classes. The purifier filters the studio air every 15 minutes, through a HEPA medical grade 3-stage H13 filtration that’s rated 99.95% efficient at trapping particles as small as 0.1 micron – well within the size range (0.15) of COVID19. It also snags a lot of other airborne stuff we don’t want to breath.
The purifier also has an ionizing function that helps trap particles as well. This feature runs for two hours after each day’s last session.
Help Us Help You Stay Safe
This combination of established practices and new policies help protect clients and staff by interrupting community spread, using hygienic best practices and new technology to combat disease. We’re getting closer to returning to a safe, sensible resumption of our familiar Classical Pilates instruction, but until then we’ll follow CDC’s best practices.