Since Governor DeWine announced that the state’s COVID-19 related health orders would be expiring as of June 2nd, I’ve been carefully considering exactly how and when to ease the studio back to normal, or more accurately, a new normal. While some health and safety protocols, such as masks and class size, begin to ease up, we will be keeping some measures in place, i.e., more thorough prop sanitation, keeping registration, payment, and waivers as contactless as possible, and continuing to offer an online class option. The studio will make an official announcement of changes a little closer to June 2nd.
In the meantime, we are relaxing the mask rules a little bit. With more and more people receiving the vaccine, changing CDC guidelines, and open window season upon us, we feel more comfortable allowing masks to come off during class. Effective immediately, masks are still required when entering/leaving the building, setting up mats, getting props, etc. However, masks may be removed while on the mat and class is in session.
Having said that, I am giving teachers discretion over this policy change. Just as the health and safety of students is a priority to me, so is that of my staff. I want the studio to be a place where teachers feel safe sharing the practice of yoga and know that their voices are being heard. We’ve had several conversations about the mask policy change, and we’re all feeling good about it. However, should a teacher feel that masks should remain on under certain circumstances or for a specific class, they have the final say in that decision. In that case, we will make sure that any class-specific mask rules are published and clear.
While the state health orders remain in place, staff will continue to wear masks at all times.
I appreciate your patience and understanding both now and throughout this entire pandemic. I am continually humbled by the support Firehouse Yoga has received, and I’m grateful that you continue to share your practice with us.