Baza Safety Protocol
Nov 24, 2020:
The Government of BC announced that dance studios are to temporarily suspend in-studio classes, until they post new guidelines, which they anticipate to be ready by Nov 30th. We will keep everyone posted. We're sorry for the back and forth, and really appreciate your patience and understanding. Sending warm vibes to you all.
Nov 19, 2020:
The Government of BC announced that dance studios are allowed to be open. We are resuming our in-studio classes on Monday November 23rd. Our partner dance courses resume on Friday November 27th. Masks are now mandatory at all times in the studio, including while participating in class. We aim for our protocol to be consistent and for our community to have confidence in our safety measures. Therefore, everyone needs to follow the same rules we establish, and we kindly ask those unable to wear a mask, for any reason, to please refrain from in-studio classes at this time. Thank you for your understanding.
Nov 8, 2020:
Due to BC Provincial Health orders issued Nov 7, 2020, we are closing the studio and pausing in-person classes until further notice. We will be in touch with Public Health as soon as possible, and communicate once we get the go-ahead to re-open. We are continuing with virtual classes via Zoom, so we'll see you on that online dance floor :)
Nov 6, 2020:
Following public health guidelines, masks are expected and highly recommended at all times in the studio. However, at this time, it's still only mandatory when entering/exiting the studio, in common areas, and washrooms. During class, if you are able, please wear a mask.
Thank you to everyone for helping us maintain a safe dance environment, allowing us to continue with operations.
Oct 13, 2020:
Here is our all-in-one summary outlining what we are doing to protect you and our staff.
We maintain physical distancing during and inside a class by following floor stickers spaced out at least 6ft apart (in most cases 8ft apart). We mandate the use of masks in all common areas, when entering and exiting the studio, and when waiting for and using washrooms. Masks are currently only optional when inside and participating in a class. We make hand sanitizer available throughout the studios and common areas. We clean common area storage shelves/surfaces, benches, and digital sign-in devices, in between each class. We disinfect payment terminals in between each use. We use government approved disinfecting agents. We have separate protocols specific to students, instructors, and staff, outlining common area use, mask wearing, hand washing and sanitizing, and social interactions. We further minimize risk of virus spread in common areas by discouraging “hang outs”, requiring students to arrive no earlier than 5 minutes prior to class and to leave immediately after class. For partner classes, we do not switch partners within class, and you must register with a partner with whom you share the same social bubble.
We have installed hydroxyl generating machines in each group studio, as an additional measure to fight airborne and surface viruses - these machines release hydroxyls which are proven to seek out and destroy viruses.
For each and every single visit, students must sign a waiver before entering the studio. This can be done ahead of time using a link in the registration confirmation, or right before entering the studio by scanning a QR code with a phone. Each waiver confirms that a student (including members of their household): has not experienced covid-19 symptoms in the last 14 days, has not travelled internationally in the last 30 days, has not travelled to a highly impacted area in the last 30 days, does not believe they have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for covid-19, has not been diagnosed with covid-19 in the last 30 days, and that Baza Dance Studios Inc. cannot be held liable for exposure to covid-19 due to misinformation provided through this waiver. Through waiver contact information and our Mindbody registration software, we have contact information available, should contact tracing be necessary.
If a member is sick:
We will prohibit them from entering the studio. Guide them to self-quarantine for 14 days. Allow them back into class only after 14 days and if they no longer show symptoms. If a member tests positive within 14 days after visiting the studio, we will contact Vancouver Coastal Health for further instructions on contact tracing.
If a member is not following guidelines:
They will be asked to leave the studio and can only come back when they agree to follow protocols, or when the time comes that we can remove our restrictions.
- Aug 10, 2020: We now require masks when entering the studio, exiting the studio, and in common areas. Masks are only allowed off during class, while taking a class. Thanks for your cooperation!
Timeline of Events
Jul 4 2020The Return of Partnering CoursesPartnered courses return with coupled physical distancing enforced; meaning no switching/rotating of partners. We advise students to register with a partner whom they consider a part of their general social circle.
Jun 8 2020Studio Re-OpensFollowing Worksafe BC safety guidelines, Baza re-opens on Jun 8th! We will continue our virtual program so that you can continue dancing with us from home. For in-person classes, we will begin with solo dancing and fitness (no partnering, no touching) and re-assess as we move forward with re-opening phases.
Apr 6 2020Program ChangesIn order to create a more sustainable program, we created a payment structure, allowing students to attend our online classes via single drop-in, weekly pass, or monthly pass options. We continue to offer a variety of free classes so that more students can enjoy dancing with us during this difficult time.
Mar 16 2020Virtual Program LaunchExecuting a fast pivot, we immediately started live streaming classes online, where students attended for free or by donation.
Mar 15 2020Studio ClosureWe officially closed our doors and ceased operations at the studio in order to help slow the spread of covid-19.