We have been limiting classes to a maximum of ten even though we could have had eleven based on the previous guidelines. At this time, due to seasonal attendance patterns, there are actually few classes that have reservations for ten students in them, so only minor adjustments are needed. Further, its very common that at least one student doesn’t make it to their class for a variety of reasons. This frequently results in even those classes attended by fewer than the maximum allowed.
If we see that a class tends to go over the maximum we will address it by notifying the last student to reserve that class and ask them to chose another. Students can also volunteer to relinquish a reservation in a more busy class to alleviate a problem. Rest assured that we will continue to do everything we can to make ZenQuest as safe as possible given the situation.
We appreciate everyone's help and cooperation in following our safety measures and are asking our students to stay mindful of them and continue to do their best with all of that. Additionally, we ask that our students also do everything that they can to stay safe when they are outside of the dojo. This will help to prevent a problem in the gym and keep the doors open so that we can all continue to enjoy the training that we love.
We do feel it necessary to reinforce that face-coverings need to be worn over the mouth AND nose. Additionally, we have noticed a few students wearing masks with valves in them to make breathing easier. Unfortunately this style of mask does not provide adequate protection for those around the wearer, and are therefore not allowed in the dojo. We ask students to please understand and select a different style of face-covering.
Every year we have some closures during the holiday season. This is based on attendance patterns and providing an opportunity to relax and enjoy the holidays. Under the circumstances, we will add a few additional days off around the holidays to help minimize risks for everyone in the gym. So this year our Christmas and New Year closures will include December 24 to January 1. Our normal schedule of classes will resume on January 2nd.
Lastly, public health experts are recommending that people stay home and minimize gathering with friends and family in person this season. Based on this, we are asking that any students who chose to increase their exposure via gatherings or traveling, to follow the appropriate requirements set by the Commonwealth. This includes intelligent strategies like quarantining and testing to minimize spreading infections to others. This also applies to members of households where one or more of the occupants have chosen to travel or gather outside of their immediate household.
With everyone continuing to do everything possible to be smart and stay safe we can continue to enjoy the training that we all love. Until the day comes when we can all put this thing behind us these strategies are all we have. Thank you all and have a wonderful holiday season!