COVID Protocols & Updates
FACE MASKS ARE CURRENTLY RECOMMENDED (BUT NOT REQUIRED)
read below for more info on instances when a mask should be worn
While the risks of the COVID-19 virus remain, it is clear that the circulation and transmission rates are significantly lowered. As Seed continues to provide a safe and inclusive space for all to practice Pilates, I am adjusting the mask policy to recommend students wear a mask, but it will no longer be required. However, please note the following conditions.
When deciding whether or not to shed your mask, please consider the following...
If you have had a potential exposure but are testing negative, please wear a mask.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness—even if you think it’s just allergies—wear a mask; and as always, no one should be attending classes if they are sick.
Anyone not updated on their COVID-19 vaccine is very strongly encouraged to continue wearing a mask.
If you've been traveling or in attendance at a large event within 48-72 hours of your appointment, a mask may help prevent transmission prior to your knowledge of exposure or symptoms.
Note that depending on COVID-19 case numbers in the community, or how circumstances change for high-risk individuals or family members, we may shift back to requiring masks in some or all instances.
If you contract COVID-19, please notify Seed by email or text within 24 hours of testing positive.
To help maintain a clean and safe environment, in or out of a mask, Seed will continue our procedure of cleaning all equipment after each use and consistently running a Blueair HEPA air purifier. Weather permitting, windows may also be opened for additional ventilation.
As community levels of COVID and the flu appear to have been stable at a low level for a while, I will be relaxing the mask policy:
Private & Duet (Semi-Private) Sessions - masks are suggested, but now optional
Group Classes - it is requested that masks continue to be worn for all in-person group classes as some of our students are at high-risk for infection
When deciding if you should remove your mask, please consider the following...
If you have had a potential exposure or any symptoms of illness—even if you think it’s just allergies—please wear a mask in the building and studio. Additionally, anyone not updated on their COVID or flu boosters is very strongly encouraged to continue wearing a mask.
Note that depending on COVID numbers in the community, or how circumstances change for high-risk individuals or family members, we may shift back to requiring masks in all instances.
As COVID infection rates continue to fluctuate, Seed will remain cautious and continue to require all students and staff to wear a well fitting face mask that can cover the nose and mouth while moving at all times while in the studio. High filtration masks, such as N95, KN95 and KF94 are suggested but not required.
WA State has announced the end of the indoor mask policy next month, however, for the time being I would like to remain cautious and in support of our immunocompromised community by continuing to require the use of masks when attending in-person classes. N95/KN95/KF94 masks are highly recommended for their high filtration ability, but any well fitting mask will be allowed.
Thank you for your help in keeping our community safe!
In order to continue holding in-person classes as safely as possible during this Omicron wave of the Coronavirus, I am now strongly recommending the use of N95 and KN95 masks (or their equivalent filters) for all students attending in-person classes. Most importantly, your mask should have a complete seal around your face, leaving no gaps. If a gap exists, it may render the mask ineffective. At this time, this is simply a recommendation, not a requirement and cloth masks will still be allowed, if that's your choosing, so long as it forms a complete seal. If your mask, of any kind, does not properly fit your face, you may be asked to leave.
Because of the increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant, and the high respiratory rate sometimes involved with Pilates, high-quality masking is the best thing we can do to prevent transmission, other than going fully remote. The good news is that high-quality masking is very effective and coupled with the vaccination requirements and HEPA air filtration in place at the studio, it makes for a low-risk environment.
We've managed to stay very safe since returning to in-person last summer; thank you for your help in keeping it that way!
Following the new WA State mandate, beginning October 25th, all students will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of negative COVID test in order to participate in all in-person sessions and classes.
Proof of vaccination will only need to be shown once and may be done at the time of your session or in advance by email or text message (NOTE: images emailed or texted will be immediately deleted after review).
Proof of vaccination will be accepted in the following forms:
CDC COVID-19 vaccination record card or photo of card
Printed certificate or QR code from MyIRMobile.com
Other official immunization record photo or photocopy, including from your health care provider
For unvaccinated students, a negative PCR COVID-19 test in the last 72 hours, or a negative rapid test result from a testing facility the same day or conducted on site just prior to entry.
With cases of COVID continuing to spread, we are sticking to following all recommended and required guidelines by the CDC and WA State Department of Health, including the use of masks for all individuals (regardless of vaccination status), self health declaration upon entry, the use of a HEPA grade air purifier and frequent cleaning of all commonly used equipment and surfaces. Capacity is also kept low and appointments are spaced out to ovoid crowding of the entry area.
While Washington State is lifting restrictions, including no longer mandating the use of masks indoors, I will proceed with caution. While the Coronavirus continues to be an evolving issue, I would prefer to play it safe and, for the time being, will continue to require face masks or coverings for all in-person sessions, regardless of vaccination status.This allows us to remain adaptable to the still volatile situation as well as continue to support those in our community who are not able to be vaccinated or have compromised immune systems.
Health and wellness for you (and me) is my top priority as we begin to return to in-person training. Here's how we'll work together to keep our sessions safe from the spread of viruses:
I ask that all clients self-screen for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or other viruses (Flu, etc) before arriving and I will commit to doing the same. Anyone exhibiting symptoms will be kindly asked to reschedule and must follow isolation/quarantine requirements by the State Department of Health before returning.
Clients will agree to a Health Declaration in order to enter the studio and participating in in-person sessions.
Anyone visiting the space will be required to wear a face mask (regardless of vaccination status), including prior to entering the studio. You must bring your own mask to your session. If you fail to do so, you will forfeit the session.
Commonly touched areas such as doorknobs will be disinfected in between every client.
All equipment will be thoroughly cleaned before and after each appointment.
Hand-sanitizer with > 60% alcohol will be available for use throughout the space and you'll be encouraged to make use of it.
Clients must wash and sanitize their hands upon entering the studio. Hands will also be sanitized before certain exercises.
I will be sure to wash/sanitize my own hands in between clients.
Clients must come to the studio already dressed in workout gear; no changing facilities will be provided.
Clients must bring their own water bottles; cups will not be provided.
Clients and instructors must wear socks at all times. Failure to bring socks may result in forfeiting the session.
I've added a 15-minute window in between clients, where possible. This allows us to minimize contact between each client and adequate time for cleaning.
We ask that you arrive no sooner than five minutes before your appointment time. If you must wait, please do so outside or in your car.
When you arrive, please knock on the door and allow the instructor time to unlock the door and step away to ensure proper social distancing.
Sessions will be taught with social distancing, except for minimal bouts of time where the instructor may need to adjust equipment.
All visitors will be expected to follow the guidelines as laid out. I appreciate your understanding and will continue to watch the situation and update these policies as appropriate.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
As Washington State continues to make changes to the "reopening" plans, there is still too mush likelihood that we could go in and out of different phases, Right now, while the guidelines would allow for us to return to some limited in-person instruction, I will continue to hold all Pilates classes and sessions online. Additional reasoning includes:
I'm choosing to err on the side of safety and not push the limit of what the law is currently allowing.
To provide consistency to your training, as there still remains the chance of a setback in phases which would discontinue allowing in-person instruction.
With concern around the new and potentially more virulent variants of COVID, I would like to take more time to asses the additional dangers how this may affect our community.
Out of consideration for my students and other members of our community for whom being in-person may present a higher risk.
I hope you can understand my concerns and I will continue to watch the changing conditions of this pandemic and update my policies as needed.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.