SOUK STUDENT COVID-19 POLICY AND GUIDELINES
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact throughout the world. As of June 2021, increased vaccination rates together with falling infection rates prompted the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention as well as New York State to lift many of the restrictions that were in place, including certain restrictions on in-person yoga classes. New York City has since implemented its Key to NYC program that generally requires proof of vaccination to participate in various indoor activities, including indoor fitness activities. This policy is intended to set forth SOUK’s policies for students for purposes of attending and participating in in-person yoga classes at SOUK in compliance with the current guidance.
There are currently three widely available vaccines to prevent or reduce symptoms of COVID-19 infection. All students wishing to enter SOUK must provide proof of full vaccination before doing so. Full vaccination is defined according to New York State guidelines on the date of any given class the student wishes to attend. Currently, as per New York State guidelines, a fully vaccinated person is considered as such two weeks after a second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or two weeks after a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Proof of full vaccination must be in one of the following forms: (i) CDC Vaccination Card; (ii) NYC Vaccination Record; (iii) New York Excelsior Pass, Excelsior Pass Plus, of NYC COVID Safe; or (iv) New Jersey Docket. Proof of vaccination will be requested when booking class via SOUK website or booking APP. Students must be prepared to provide proof of vaccination to SOUK personnel upon entry. This requirement will not apply to students participating through online classes only.
We are cognizant that vaccination is a personal choice. However, consistent with federal and state guidance, and NYC requirements, we believe full vaccination is necessary for both the protection of everyone in our Institutes and for purposes of ensuring that SOUK can operate at the fullest extent permitted by law. All SOUK employees and teachers who are present at SOUK will have been fully vaccinated as defined by New York State guidelines.
SOCIAL DISTANCING, PERSONAL HYGIENE, PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, and TESTING
Notwithstanding vaccination status, the following mitigating and preventative measures will remain in place for all students:
• All students are encouraged to wash their hands with soap and warm water or by utilizing hand sanitizer immediately upon entry into SOUK. Soap and sanitizer, as well as disposable paper towels, will be readily available for use.
• You now have the option to practice without a mask at SOUK, if you choose. With this shift, please be respectful of other practitioners and their wishes.
• Any student who experiences COVID-19 symptoms or who otherwise experiences symptoms consistent with a transmittable illness, should not enter SOUK.
• SOUK does not anticipate conducting medical testing or temperature screening of students prior to their entering SOUK. However, SOUK reserves the right to do so and all students consent to such examinations as a condition of entry to SOUK.
RESPONSE TO EXPOSURE OR INFECTION
Vaccination does not provide 100% protection against COVID-19 infection and it does not necessarily prevent a vaccinated person from transmitting COVID-19 to other vaccinated or unvaccinated persons. Accordingly, students who know they have been exposed to a person with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or who were identified as a “close contact” with someone who was infected by COVID-19 within the previous ten (10) days by any other entity, must not enter SOUK.
If SOUK learns that a student or instructor who was at SOUK during an infectious period of a confirmed case of COVID-19, all students and instructors in attendance will be contacted by SOUK and informed of their potential contact with an infected person. All such persons should monitor themselves for fever or other COVID-19 symptoms, and as set forth above, not enter SOUK. SOUK will contact the New York City Department of Health to disclose the event and will comply with any directives that are issued in response, which may include a directive that such persons observe a ten (10) day period of quarantine following exposure.
CLEANING AND DISINFECTION PROCEDURES
SOUK will ensure that all bathrooms on its premises, and commons areas are cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis. SOUK will also station air purifiers throughout the space and will open the windows to allow circulation of outside air when weather and other circumstances permit.
The CDC has indicated that the risk of transmission through “porous,” or “soft,” items, such as blankets or bolsters, is low and, as a practical matter, SOUK cannot commit to cleaning such items on a daily basis. Any student utilizing these items assumes the risk of doing so. Students may, alternatively, bring their own “soft” items. Beyond this, students should assume items in the Institute have not been cleaned unless SOUK has expressly stated as much in this or another writing.
In the event of a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 of an employee, teacher, or student, SOUK will make a determination, consistent with federal and state guidance, as to whether any supplemental cleaning and disinfection procedures are necessary.
RESERVATION OF RIGHTS
SOUK anticipates that all students will readily adhere to all of these guidelines given that they are intended to benefit everyone’s health and safety and allow SOUK to open consistent with federal and New York State law. However, in the event a student refuses to comply with any of these guidelines, or otherwise refuses a directive from a SOUK employee or teacher intended to promote adherence with these guidelines, SOUK reserves the right to refuse entry to any such student.
As you know, the guidance issued by federal, state and local agencies changes frequently and its applicability to certain circumstances is not always clear. SOUK reserves the right to modify these guidelines with or without notice as may be necessary to comply with legal and other directives.
We welcome any questions or concerns you have, and we welcome any suggestions you may have to assist SOUK in continuing to serve its students in a safe, healthy, and enjoyable manner. Please direct all such matters to studio manager, Patricia Duben, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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