As the health concerns around COVID-19 increase within our community, our primary concern is for the health, safety and welfare of our members, families, instructors and the community we serve.
We take health and wellbeing seriously and we want to ensure our members and instructors are well informed and equipped to continue regular Pilates sessions as well as apply best practice protocols including good hygiene during this time. Below is an update on the precautions we are taking at Pilates Tasmania and the governance and risk management responses we have implemented to ensure we are doing everything we can in order to minimise the risk and spread of infection within our classes.
We are closely monitoring all available advice of Federal and State Governments, particularly the Australian Department of Public Health. We are using this information, which is updated regularly, to inform the management strategies we develop to prioritise the safety and wellbeing of all our members and instructors.
What is Pilates Tasmania doing?
- Our instructors have been asked not to come to work if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms, have recently returned from travelling overseas, or have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
- If instructors are feeling unwell, they have been asked not to attend class or teach until such a time that they have been assessed by their primary health care provider.
- If any of our members or instructors have travelled overseas, or have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, the above special restrictions also apply.
- Members and staff are required to notify Pilates Tasmania if any of the above situations apply to themselves (or their families), as they will be required to undertake self-isolation for 14 days, and not be able to attend classes.
- Instructors have been reminded to practice good hand hygiene protocol, including hand washing procedures and the use of antibacterial sanitiser.
- There will be no hands on cueing at this time, and we will rely on verbal instructions only.
- We encourage members to place mats further apart than usual to practice social distancing.
- We have hand sanitiser available to all members and instructors, and we recommend that all individuals apply hand sanitiser prior to attending and upon leaving class. Alternatively we encourage everyone to wash hands with soap and water regularly and avoid placing hands around the face and mouth.
- As of Monday, March 23 all face to face classes will be replaced with online delivery so members can continue to look after their health and wellbeing from the comfort of their home or workplace.
During this time of increased caution we want all our members to feel reassured and safe within our classes. The health and safety of our members and instructors always remains our primary focus. We will continue to monitor the situation and act on any advice received and ensure we maintain communication about any developments or changes to our schedule. We also believe that maintaining regular exercise is beneficial in boosting immunity and reducing stress, and encourage you to strengthen your system by making sleep a priority and eating nutrient rich foods, and drink sufficient amounts of water.
For anyone seeking the latest advice, information and resources, please visit the Australian Government Department of Health and The World Health Organisation or call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080, both of which provide health and information on the outbreak. If you have any concerns about your health please speak with your Doctor and also feel free to contact me directly for any other reason in relation to this email.
Director Pilates Tasmania