Adjustments to Studio Policies and Practices
To begin, there’s no guidance or help at the federal level on what exactly businesses should be doing to alleviate COVID virus transmission. Nothing about equipment or disinfectants that could be used, let along information on how to use them. And there’s precious little advice from the state either.
Having researched available sanitizing equipment and techniques, YPL is confident the new changes and enhanced hygienic practices we’ve put in place — sanitizing, masking, filtering, distancing — will keep exposure to a minimum. Above all, frequent and thorough handwashing stops contact transmitted COVID in its tracks, while distancing and masking drastically interrupt airborne transmission.
1. Class Changes
To help prevent community spread by either airborne or contact transmission, YPL is restricting 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 for the foreseeable future.
- Social distancing will be observed, and instructor-student contact is restricted to non-contact verbal instruction only.
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), followed by contact at a much reduced risk. We’re controlling the virus with antiseptics, wearing a suitable mask, 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 diseases, including 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: After each class we’ll wipe down doorknobs, lavatory handles, and other commonly touched hard surfaces. We’ll disinfect soft surfaces, the changing room, and the bathroom with an FDA approved sanitizing spray on a daily basis. The floor is regularly cleaned with a disinfecting wet mopping 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
These practices and new policies will help protect clients and staff by interrupting community spread by using hygienic best practices and new technology to combat the disease. We look forward to the day we can return to a safe, sensible resumption of our familiar Classical Pilates instruction, but until then we’ll follow best practices as they’re made known.