STUDIO GUIDELINES - COVID-19
We look forward to welcoming you back to the studio when you feel ready to join us. In order for everyone to feel safe and comfortable, and to comply with current government guidance, we have put the following guidelines in place. We will continue to monitor our risk assessment and control measures and consult with teachers and students, updating appropriately as government advice changes. This page was updated on 23 September 2020.
Booking into classes
Continue to follow the government 'stay at home' guidance for possible or confirmed cases of covid-19.
If you are in a high risk group or living with someone who is shielding we recommend that you continue to access classes online.
Ensure that your contact details are up to date in the booking system so that you can be contacted if there is a case of COVID-19 connected to your class at the studio.
To reduce the number of people entering the building and to maintain social distancing, we are transitioning classes back to the studio in a phased approach. Class numbers are restricted to enable equal spacing between mats so it is crucial that you book in and cancel your space in advance if you can no longer attend. Please note that as per membership T&C’s, if you fail to attend a class you are booked in to we reserve the right to cancel your recurring reservation and to charge a fee for Unlimited Memberships. Consider others who could have booked into the class.
The only people to enter the building are those here for classes, therapies or to carry out essential maintenance work - all other enquiries are dealt with online.
What to bring
Wash your hands thoroughly before arriving at the studio.
You must bring your own CLEAN mat and CLEAN props (use a carrier bag for props). See our list of recommended props for each class type. Ensure you place your props in the carrier bag and clean them after use when you return home.
Note that windows will be open for the duration of the class to provide necessary ventilation so dress in appropriate layers for warmth. If you need to take layers off they are to remain by your mat. Do not open or close a window, only the teacher or therapist may do this.
If you are coming to akarmalife please wear a face covering. You will need gto keep it on until you get to your practice space in studio 1 or studio 2 when you will remove it and place it on your mat. As per government advice, 'All forms of face coverings may restrict breathing efficiency and should not be used during exercise except on specific advice from a physician.' If you do not feel comfortable joining a class without a face covering we would advise you to continue to access classes online.
At the studio
Use hand sanitiser as you enter the building. There is additonal hand sanitiser in reception and by the upstairs sink.
Follow guidelines for cough and sneeze etiquette. Tissues must be disposed of in a lidded bin. One toilet on each floor is open for use at the studio but we would strongly encourage you to only use it if unavoidable. These are wiped down after each class.
Avoid touching your face and any unnecessary surfaces with your hands, including door handles, light switches, hand rails and counter tops.
Follow social distancing, respecting everyone's space, particularly on the stairs and going in/out of reception. You may need to wait for someone to exit before you can pass.
Do not arrive earlier than 10 minutes before your class starts.
Head to reception and leave your coat and shoes as usual. Only bring the equipment required and no extra clothes, bags, etc.
Go straight into the studio and lay your mat out as guided by the teacher using the floor markings as reference. Please do not move or adjust the placement of the mat to ensure social distancing is maintained. Place your personal items and props off to the side of your mat. Your face covering must go on your mat for hygeine reasons. Everyone, including the teacher, will stay on their mat for the duration of the class unless an emergency. No hands on adjustments are given.
When class ends, leave in a manor that maintains social distancing and avoid spending longer in reception than necessary.
Classes are spaced to enable change over and cleaning of key touch points.
We will continue with current rigorous cleaning procedures, reviewing and adapting where necessary and as the number of people using the studio increases.
Lost property will be placed in a plastic tub in reception and disposed of after two weeks if not collected.
In the event of a second spike and tightening of measures we will revert to offering online classes only.
It is great that we have a sociable environment but if you have any concerns about health and safety at the studio contact firstname.lastname@example.org.