How we dance in times of flu and corona
Dancing comes with many positive health benefits, but when it comes to the possible spread of flu, our dance interest is not only a good thing.
We follow the local risk assessments as well as official recommendations and act accordingly.
Right now classes and social dances are still on hold due to covid-19
With lots of precautions as listed below, the paused courses, beginners weekends and the Monday Night Swing start back up again in September. However, we are prepared to pause all or part of it again and constantly, together with our participants, strengthen and adapt measures taken.
- First we make up for the unfinished spring courses
- And after that we continue with a shorter fall semester
- The following is based on The Public Health Agency of Sweden‘s recommendations and the Swedish Dance Sports Association’s interpretations of these
When taking part in any of our activities you are obligated to:
Reduce the risk of infection and infecting!
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water >30s.
- As backup to washing hands use hand saintlier between dances.
- Avoid touching your face. Especially the eyes.
- Cover your mouth/nose when coughing/sneezing**
- Avoid dance events and courses altogether if you are sick. Especially for the slightest flu, cold like symptoms or anything else that may be a sign of covid-19
- Stay home if you have been in contact with people who might carry COVID-19.
** The general tip about using the elbow may not be the best thing in combination with social dancing, but still much better than coughing/sneezing straight out. A handkerchief is of course best, but using your hands that are immediately washed works as an emergency solution.
- Inform, repeat and nag about the above points to reduce the spread of infection
- Keep down the number of participants/course *
- Make sure there is access to soap and hand sanitizer
- Limit and make partners rotation voluntary on all courses**
- As far as possible, have substitutes ready for instructors who obviously stay at home if they have symptoms.
- Be prepared to pause all or part of the course activities again
- Make sure there is a ventilation break between all classes
- Fill in and complete this list
* The courses that started this spring already have fewer participants per course as more levels have double groups. For Swing in the Park, Sommar Lund will assist with enclosure and extra staff to keep track of the number participants
** How do we eliminate/reduce the partner rotation on the autumn courses?
And what happens to someone who does not have a partner?
You have probably already heard that we will reduce / eliminate partner rotation in the autumn courses, but how will we do this? There is currently no ready-made plan that everyone must follow, but at least thoughts to discuss and then make a decision so that everyone knows what applies before the courses begin…
- Anyone who has or acquires a permanent dance partner simply dances with this one.
- Those who do not have a regular dance partner are paired together on arrival per course occasion and dance with the same person all evening.
- Those who wish to participate in a minimized form of rotation, form rotation groups of 2-3 pairs. Within these groups, you then rotate as frequently as on a regular course. Anyone who is not comfortable dancing with someone other than their own partner does not need to participate in any rotation group.
More information about the coronavirus
Updated March 13th 2020 20:14
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