Covid-19 Studio Policy & Prevention Practices

  • Students should not arrive more than 5 minutes before their class.

  • Students must arrive wearing a non-medical mask which must be worn until they are in their designated area in a studio.

  • Students must check-in for their class before entering a studio.

  • Everyone is to sanitize their hands and equipment prior to entering and upon leaving each studio.

This policy is in accordance with guidance from Nova Scotia Public Health and was made with everyone's safety as the top priority and will allow appropriate social distancing to take place. 

Proof of Full Vaccination Policy - effective October 4th

In alignment with Public Health directives, beginning October 4th Studio inesS® is required to ensure those entering our space (ages 12 and older) have proof of full vaccination.

 

Please send your proof of full vaccination through this form if you fall into one of the categories below:

1) a student registered in a class who is age 12 or above

2) you have a student registered that is 4 years or younger and would accompany them to class (example parent and toddler) OR 

3) a support person for a student who requires physical or other support to remain safe on the premises

Once your verification has been received a note will be made on your account. Proof of full vaccination by the deadline of October 4th will be required to enter Studio inesS®. If you do not meet the requirements you will not be permitted to enter the studio. 

Proof of Vaccination Exemptions for children turning 12

Children who turn 12 between January 1, 2021 and October 4, 2021 have until December 31, 2021 to attend the studio while they receive their vaccinations.

Children who turn 12 after October 4, 2021 have 3 months from their birthday to receive the vaccine, after the three months they will require proof of vaccination.

Youths between the ages of 13 and 18 who have received one dose of the vaccine may participate while they await their second dose, proof of second dose must be given by November 9, 2021.

 

If you have any questions please review the Proof of Vaccination page through the website of Nova Scotia.

We continue to work with Public Health to make Studio inesS® a safe but comfortable environment for all of our students. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns about these updates. 

 

Physical Distancing Measures and General Updates:

  • All classes have more than 6ft distancing. (8-12) 

  • Class times are staggered to ensure sufficient time for appropriate cleaning measures as well as to allow for students to vacate the premises prior to the next class start time.

  • Advance online payments are encouraged wherever possible to minimize any need for students to congregate in the reception area. If it is absolutely necessary for a client to pay in person, only debit / credit is accepted at this time.

  • Studio doors will remain monitored during classes or will have appropriate signage reminding students to wait outside (properly physically distanced of course) until directed in by the reception team.

  • The waiting area will be closed. 

  • Changing areas and shower are closed / unavailable for use.


 

Cleaning Measures:

  • Appropriate time will be allotted between each class or appointment to ensure any equipment is cleaned thoroughly.  

  • Staff will regularly clean and disinfect all high touch areas such as door handles, light fixtures, bathroom sinks and toilets.

  • Hand sanitizing stations are available for use. 

Masks:

  • Public health recommends wearing a mask where people are in close contact and can’t socially distance. Good handwashing hygiene and physical distancing should be prioritized.  Masks should be worn to class and can be removed once you begin class and put back on upon leaving.

  • It is critical to note that the wearing of a mask does not in any way reduce the requirement of physical distancing which is the current Provincial mandate for our industry.  The 2m / 6ft distancing requirement is in effect at all times unless you are a group of less than 10 people including the instructor.  If this is the case distancing will be assessed on a class by class basis depending on the needs of the group. ex. spotting by an instructor in class

  • Our poles are 9 feet apart, and our rigging points for aerials are 10-12 feet apart. Our reformer classes will be limited to 4-5 so that we can maintain our distance in the Mind Body studio.

Instruction and safety measures during class:

  • Instructors and students will be required to maintain the 2m / 6ft physical distancing. Unless you are a group of less than 10 people including the instructor.  In this case, distancing will be assessed on a class by class basis depending on the needs of the group. ex. spotting by an instructor in class.

  • Instructors will not be able to assist with hands on adjustments.   We will need to rely on verbal clues.  (It will be a testament to our listening skills!).  

  • Crash mats are mandatory for aerial and any pole class with inversions regardless of the skill level of the student.  

Common courtesy measures:

  • Please adhere to physical distancing guidelines and remain 2m or 6 feet apart.

  • Please follow guidelines for frequent hand washing and good hygiene as per recommendations found here:   https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/HandWashing-Poster.pdf

  • Please listen to instruction from inesS® Studio team about cleaning protocols and other safety guidelines.

  • Please take note of signage relating to safety precautions.

  • When coughing or sneezing:  cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand.

  • Please wear your mask to the studio. You may choose to wear it during class or not.

  • Please ensure you have socks or dance slippers for walking through the studio.

 

Aerial Programs:

  • All students must wear both a mask and socks to enter the studio until they reach their designated space. You do not need to wear a mask for most classes.  

  • Everyone must complete a COVID questionnaire prior to entering the studio.

  • Mats will be wiped down after each use with a bleach solution before students exit their class.

  • Every aerial student must use a crash mat no matter your level.

 

Student Checklist:

  • Before heading to the studio:

    • How are you feeling?  Are you good to go to class?

      • If a student is feeling unwell, is exhibiting any COVID symptoms, has tested positive for COVID, or has travelled in the past 14 days, they are not to attend a class or enter the studio for any reason. 

    • Are you dressed and ready for class?

      • Students need to come ready for class.  We ask that you do not bring extra gear other than what you may require for your class. 

      • Pack any of your own personal equipment (IE:  mat, yoga block, reformer strap).

      • inesS® Studio will have a limited number of masks available for sale; however, due to current demands, we cannot guarantee availability at all times.  At the moment only some classes will require a mask. We will let you know which ones those are, and this may change as health regulations are updated.

      • Please bring along a clean pair of socks or dance slippers to wear if you are heading to the studio in sandals.

    • Have you pre-paid or purchased a package?

      • Please do so in advance wherever possible.  If it is absolutely essential to pay at the studio, only debit or credit will be accepted.

 

  • Arrival and Check in:

    • Students must wait outside of the main studio doors.  Please maintain physical distancing while in the public areas of the Vertu Building. 

    • Wait here until you are asked to enter and have your COVID questionnaire completed. 

    • There will be markers outside the studio to indicate where to line up before class.  

    • Students must enter one at a time and allow the reception staff to sign you in to the appropriate class.

    • Hand sanitizer will be available for use upon entry. 

    • Please remove your shoes.  If you are in sandals you will need to put on a pair of socks or dance slippers.  

    • Go directly to the room where your class is being held taking your shoes and all personal belongings with you.  

    • The instructor will direct you to your place where there will be a mat for you to place your belongings.

 

  • Cleaning equipment & departure:

    • At the end of class, the instructor will provide some guidelines on proper cleaning of studio equipment.  

    • All students will use the Fire Exit in the pole studio. 

 

  • Between classes:

    • Just because you can’t hang out after class and chat with your INESS family, doesn’t mean you can’t keep the conversation going.   Visit us on Facebook and Instagram.   Post your pics and share your thoughts


 

Thank you to all of our students and instructors while we work through the transition to a new way of doing business, staying fit and having fun!


 

*Disclaimer: The guidelines and recommendations in this document are not legal or medical

advice. Given the extremely fluid environment of COVID-19, all guidelines and recommendations are subject to change.

Our Air Flow in the Studio

Here at inesS, we have an amazing HVAC systems that constantly brings fresh air into the building and releases it back out, with great filters. We have 4 different units powerful units to keep our air fresh.

If you have any further questions about our reopening that we have not answered on this page, feel free to email us at info@iness.ca or call us at 902-405-5500 and we would be happy to answer any and all questions you may have!