We've developed intelligent strategies for making ZenQuest as safe as possible during the reopening.
After extensive cleaning and disinfecting the gym is essentially ready to go at this time. As you may know, ZenQuest will reopen in four steps or phases. Phase I (July 6th to July 26) will utilize the most extensive safety precautions. A modified class schedule for Phase I is available at this LINK. We will also continue with our virtual classes and instructional videos until we resume in-person classes. This week's schedule is noted above.
Each phase is scheduled to last for three weeks. The most intense social distancing measures will be utilized in the first phase, and these will gradually be relaxed with each following phase after.
Phase I social distancing measures will include one way traffic through the building as much as possible. Parents will be required to drop off youth students and additional seating will be provided outside in it’s picnic and playground area. Indoor waiting areas, locker rooms and fitness room will also be off limits in this initial Phase.
Students will be subjected to temperature checks upon entry of the building. They should also stay home if they have at-risks family members at home, or think that they may be feeling ill. Students will be required to sanitize hands and feet before entering training rooms and on breaks. The school will encourage online, phone-in, or automatic payments also to promote social distancing.
Window fans placed in the training rooms, combined with open windows and doors will keep fresh air flowing through the building. The building is also equipped with a ’fresh air exchange’ system from when the Berkshire Montessori school occupied the space, and we will begin running that during classes as well.
Class sizes will be limited to 10 and students will have assigned areas in the class. Classes will initially consist of instruction and individual exercises with no partner training in Phase I. Portions of classes will consist of presentations of drills, sparring, history and information appropriate to each martial art and age group. Some of this will be presented by instructors while other portions will be done using video. The school has also acquired ‘grappling dummies’ for it’s Jiu-jitsu classes in the early stages of reopening. Children's games will be limited to those that can be performed with social distancing.
Face coverings will be required for everyone in Phase I. ZenQuest will supply custom ’Ninja’ masks at no charge while supplies last. These ‘Gaiter’ style coverings are made of a Lycra material which balance protection with enabling the wearer to breathe during activity. Class intensities will be at a level that works with face coverings while their use is in affect. This, too, will be relaxed in succeeding phases.
Cleaning of mats, surfaces, and equipment will all be stepped up significantly. These will be disinfected between classes and at the end of each day. Class durations will be slightly shorter to allow for cleaning between classes. A professional cleaning service will also be used at the end of each week to disinfect the entire facility.
Details for Phases II and III will be issued soon. These will include less social distancing and a gradual return to more partner training and group interaction. The current reopening schedule is as follows: Phase I - July 6 to July 26, Phase II - July 27 to August 16, and Phase III - August 17 to September 7. With the end of reopening Phase III, operations would return to normal with appropriate considerations at that time. This plan will, of course, be adjusted based on guidelines from the CDC and Massachusetts if needed.
In the preparation for reopening, the entire facility has been cleaned and disinfected from top to bottom. This includes all surfaces in the building including floors, mats, walls, cubicles, shelves, tables, chairs, desks, lockers and fixtures. Similarly, all equipment is being disinfected including targets, kick shields, Thai pads, focus mitts, weights, kettle bells, fitness balls, medicine balls, punching bags, etc. All of this has made ZenQuest a very clean environment to train in going forward.
The effects of COVID19 has been difficult for everyone and even tragic for some. But, with the threat of the virus gradually subsiding, we can begin to look forward to gradually getting back to a more normal life. With some caution and intelligent strategies we are confident that we WILL return to normal while staying as safe as possible.
We appreciate your continued support and hope to see you in training again soon!