COVID-19: PRECAUTIONS – THE DANCE CENTRE

Safety Plan and Re-Opening


This guide provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or legal advice. In the event of any conflict between this document and any orders or directives issued by the Minister of Health or the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the order or directive prevails.

The Dance Centre (TDC) will operate in accordance with the Government of Ontario and the Emergency Order.  TDC will abide and reference the COVID-19 Ontario the Ministry of Health (MOH) COVID-19 website for updates to this document, Reference Document for Symptoms, mental health resources, and other information. TDC will check the Directives, Memorandums, and Provincial/Regional Health Resources page regularly for the most up to date directives.

Overview

During the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, we all need to do our part to keep workers, customers and the public safe and healthy so we can stop the spread and prepare to reopen the studio, and keep it open.  TDC and dance instructors have certain duties and rights under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and its regulations. TDC will review and follow any applicable directives and guidance coming from the Chief Medical Officer of Health and Ministry of Health.


Re-opening Safety Plan and Rules

Participant Awareness:  Dancers, families and staff will be notified of protocols by email and signage.

Dancers (done by their parents/guardians if the dancer is not age of majority) and staff are required to complete a self-assessment each day before entering the studio. Here is the link to a Government online self-assessment to check for symptoms compatible with COVID-19. https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/ 

For another option, the TDC self-assessment tool (See Appendix A).

An Assumption of Risk agreement relating to COVID-19 must be completed by each family prior to commencing dance lessons. (See Appendix B).

A Declaration of Compliance form stating an understanding of COVID-19, as well as responsibilities to self-regulate, must also be completed by each family, adult dancer, and anyone else attending/ participating at TDC (See Appendix C).

Participants and their families may not enter the studio if either they or a household member has had onset of illness with symptoms compatible with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in the prior 14 days.

If anyone in a student or staff’s household has travelled out of province, student/staff member cannot attend for 14 days after their return.

Confidentiality of any person confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19 will be maintained, and TDC will co-operate with Public Health to assist with contact tracing.

Hand washing and physical distancing rules set out by the Government of Ontario will be posted at the main entrance and bathrooms.

Anyone feeling unwell MUST STAY HOME.


Physical Distancing

All staff, dance participants and visitors must always remain two metres apart upon entering and within our studio.

Markers have been placed outside our entrance and in common areas within the building to help ensure physical distancing.

The Studio floor has been divided into distinctly identified zones for dancers to promote physical distancing.

At this time, dance instructors are not permitted to spot dancers due to physical distancing rules and our programming has been developed to reflect these safety measures. An exception, on occasion, may be Acro if necessary for safety, in which case, instructor will wear a face mask.

 
Dance Class Size

Currently, TDC is allowing a maximum of 12 dancers in Studio 1 at a time. Safe participation  numbers will be determined for other dance areas when and if they are reopened.

 
Mandatory Hand Washing/Sanitizing

Everyone entering the studio must sanitize their hands upon arrival.

Hand sanitizing stations will be set-up throughout the studio. Dancers and Instructors must wash or sanitize hands before participation, directly after participation and frequently, including after touching surfaces or items.

Dancers should also keep a personal hand sanitizer in their bag.


Personal Dancer Items and Medication

Please only send essential items to dance. Items should be clearly labelled and packed in a bag or backpack (not oversized) including a refillable water bottle with a flip, or easily sealable top.

Please do not send electronic devices, phones, or any other valuables to dance lessons.

Staff cannot be responsible for holding or administering any prescribed medications to dancers (except for an Epi-pen).

Parents must notify us of any medical issues before attending dance. Epi-pens must be left in bag/backpack in a clear sealable bag with name.


Dancers Spacing

As per current government mandates, studio capacity is restricted for the allowance prescribed by social distancing requirements.

Equipment and training will be set so physical distancing can be practiced and physical contact is limited.

 

Dance Clothing

Change rooms are closed.  Dancers must come to dance already dressed in their dance clothes. Washrooms are not to be used as change rooms. 

Dancers bring or wear their dance shoes. Bare feet for dancing is not allowed (with a few exceptions such as Acro).  For children who cannot do up or put on their own shoes, parents must bring them to the studio with their dance shoes already on. 

 
Dance Staff Work Standards (An Additional Handout will be issued to Staff)

Prior to coming to work (daily), staff are required to self screen and report to management if either they or a household member had had onset of illness with symptoms compatible with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in the prior 14 days.

Staff with follow guidelines for wearing a mask in common areas and when physical distancing cannot be followed.

Staff are required to sanitize/wash hands upon entering the studio and between rotations.

Staff will monitor physical distancing guidelines to ensure they are followed by all dancers

Staff with monitor dancers and participants to ensure hands are being washed/sanitized and proper respiratory etiquette is being followed (cough, sneeze or yawn into one’s arm or a tissue).

Staff will avoid physical contact with one another and dancers (e.g. no hugs, high fives...).

Staff will avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth, especially with unwashed hands, and will monitor dancers ensure they follow the same protocol.

Staff will wear gloves and masks for cleaning equipment, and hands are to be washed with soap and water after gloves have been removed.

Confidentiality of any person confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19 must be maintained by all staff and they will cooperate with Public Health to assist with contact tracing.

In case of accident or injury, staff will use personal protective equipment to administer first aid.



Screening

Dancers and staff will complete a self-assessment each day before entering the studio.

Studio access will be restricted to visitors and parents. The lobby areas are not available to parents to wait for their dancers. The washrooms are not open to the public.

Any visitor who spends more than 15 minutes in the studio will be required to complete a health self-assessment and provide contact tracing information.

Participants and their families may not enter the studio if either they or a household member has had onset of illness with symptoms compatible with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 in the prior 14 days.

If anyone in a student or staff’s household has travelled out of province, student/staff member cannot attend for 14 days after their return.

Confidentiality of any person confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19 will be maintained, and we will co-operate with Public Health to assist with contact tracing


In the Event a Child Becomes Sick at the Studio

If a child becomes ill at the studio the following actions will be taken:

The child will be isolated in a separate area with a staff supervision and provided with a mask.

Physical distancing from other participants will be ensured.

Staff will be mindful of hand washing and avoiding contact with the child’s respiratory secretions.

Staff must wear PPE (gloves, masks, and face shields to attend to sick child).

Parents will be notified to come pick up their child immediately

All areas used by the dancer should be immediately removed from use and cleaned immediately.

If a dancers or staff member becomes symptomatic, Waterloo Public Health will be notified for further direction on what to share with other parents of dance participants


Masks

All dancers, staff and visitors must wear a mask or face covering upon entry and exit of the studio. Each dancer must bring a personal mask from home.  Please check that  the mask fits well. A disposable mask may be available at the studio for use if you have forgotten yours; however, these are limited.

All dancers and staff must wear a mask during warmup and non-strenuous activities.  Masks may only be removed during activity that is strenuous. A dancer may choose to wear their mask throughout the entire class, and does not have to remove it for more strenuous activities.

All dancers, staff and visitors must wear a mask when leaving the dance area to go to the washroom or another non-dance activity.


Entering and Exiting the Studio


Dancers enter the studio through one side of the garage doors and exit through the other side as indicated at the studio.

Parents and guardians supervise their dancer until the garage door is opened for the start of the class or session. Do not simply drop off your dancer.  Be waiting for them when the garage door is opened at the end of the classroom session. Practice physical distancing.

There is a 15 minute break during switch over of classes for studio areas to be cleaned. 

 

Cancellations, Refunds and Withdrawals due to Covid-19

In the event of a change in the ability of the studio to remain open (i.e, another lockdown or a movement back to phase 1 or 2), all in-studio classes will shift to Zoom. There will be no reimbursement of dance fees, and all remaining classes will continued over Zoom for the duration of the session.

There is no reimbursement of fees for student withdrawal from classes.​

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​Appendix B

LIABILITY WAIVER FORM – THE DANCE CENTRE

I/we realize that participation in dance classes and activities could involve personal injury. Despite precautions, accidents and injuries may occur. By signing this release form, I/we (the dancer and parent/guardian) assume all risks related to the use of any and all spaces used by The Dance Centre, including the risk of being exposed to, or infected by, Covid-19 or any other contagious disease. This release equally applies to personal injury incurred during video/live-online classes held through on-line platforms where the dancer participates outside the studio in their own home or another space.

I/we agree to release and hold harmless The Dance Centre, including its teachers, dancers, staff members and facilities used by The Dance Centre from any cause of action, claims, or demands now and in the future. I/we will not hold The Dance Centre liable for any personal injury or any personal property damage, which may occur on the premises before, during or after classes, or in the case of video/live online classes, in a home space or another area chosen by the participant. Furthermore, I/we agree to obey the class and facility rules and take full responsibility for my/our behaviour in addition to any damage I/we may cause to the facilities utilized by The Dance Centre.

I/we understand that The Dance Centre is licensed, accredited and insured. In the event that I/we should observe any unsafe conduct or conditions before, during or after my/our classes, I/we agree to report the unsafe conduct or conditions to the Executive Director, Artistic Director, Individual Instructor or staff member as soon as possible.

I/we have read and signed The Dance Centre declaration of compliance concerning Covid-19 and studio participation, and agree to implement the terms of the declaration.

By signing this document, I acknowledge that if anyone is hurt or property is damaged during my participation in this activity, I may be found by a court of law to have waived my right to maintain a lawsuit against The Dance Centre on the basis of any claim from which I have released them herein.

I have had sufficient opportunity to read this entire document. I have read and understood it, and I agree to be bound by its terms.

 
Dancer’s Name (print):_____________________________________

Age:_________________

Parent Guardian Signature:__________________________________

Date:_________________

Parent Guardian Name (print):_______________________________
 
Phone:________________



Appendix C

The Dance Centre

DECLARATION OF COMPLIANCE – COVID-19


 
Participant Name (print): _______________________________________________________

Participant’s Parent/Guardian___________________________________________________

(if the participant is younger than the age of majority)

 

Email: ____________________________________________________

Phone: ___________________________________________________

 

ALL PARTICIPANTS ENTERING THE FACILITY AND/OR PARTICIPATING IN SANCTIONED ACTIVITIES MUST COMPLY WITH THIS DECLARATION

The Dance Centre (TDC) requires the disclosure of exposure or illness in order to safeguard the health and safety of all participants and limit the further spread of COVID-19. This Declaration of Compliance will be kept safely and personal information will not be disclosed unless as required by law or with your consent. 

A participant or the participant’s parent/guardian (if the participant is younger than the age of majority) who is unable to agree to the terms outlined in this document is not permitted to enter the TDC studio or participate in the TDC’s activities, programs, or services. I, the undersigned,  being the participant named above or the participant’s parent/guardian (if the participant is younger than the age of majority), hereby acknowledge and agree to the terms outlined in this document:

1) COVID-19 has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization and  is extremely contagious. The TDC has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and requires all participants (or their parent/guardian, when applicable) to adhere to the compliance standards described in this document. 

2) The participant has not been diagnosed with COVID-19, OR If the participant was diagnosed with COVID-19, the participant was cleared as noncontagious by provincial or local public health authorities.

3) If the participant is a front-line worker (such as hospital staff, long term care staff, or other individual who interacts with individuals who have confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19), or has travelled outside of Canada, the participant has worn proper and approved Personal Protective Equipment at all times whenever they interacted with an individual who has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or in the case of travel, has self-isolated for 14 days.

4) If the participant is not a front-line worker or travelled outside of Canada, they have not been exposed to a person with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.

5) The participant is attending or participating voluntarily and understands the risks associated with COVID-19. The participant (or the participant’s parent/guardian, on behalf of the participant (when applicable) agrees to assume those risks, including but not limited to exposure and being infected, and has signed our TDC waiver saying as such.

6) The participant has not, nor has anyone in the participant’s household, experienced any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days (including fever, new or worsening cough, fatigue, chills and body aches, respiratory illness, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, pink eye, or loss of taste or smell). Each time the participant is scheduled to attend a dance class or session, the parent/guardian or the adult dancer, will do a self-assessment for a COVID-19 symptoms, and the dancer will not participate when experiencing symptoms. 

7) If the participant experiences, or if anyone in the participant’s household experiences, any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 after submitting this Declaration of Compliance, the participant will immediately isolate, notify the TDC, and not attend any of the TDC’s activities, programs or services until at least 14 days have passed since those symptoms were last experienced.

8) The participant is following recommended guidelines, including but not limited to, practicing physical distancing, trying to maintain separation of six feet from others, adhering to recognized hygiene best practices, and otherwise limiting exposure to COVID-19. 

9) The participant will follow the safety, physical distancing, and hygiene protocols of the TDC.

10) This document will remain in effect until the TDC, per the direction of the provincial government and provincial health officials, determines that the acknowledgements in this Declaration of Compliance are no longer required. 

11) The TDC may remove the participant from the facility or from participation in the activities, programs or services of the TDC at any time and for any reason if the TDC believes, in its sole discretion, that the participant is no longer in compliance with any of the standards described in this document.

 
Signature: _____________________________________

Date: ___________________

Signature:_____________________________________Date:___________________ 

Parent/Guardian(if the participant is younger than the age of majority)​​