February was a good month . . . except for the snow and cold. Last month, with the decline of Covid cases and the vaccine administration going up, we were allowed to start training with partners again for the first time in almost a year. If you missed it here is what we are allowed to do now:
As of Wednesday, February 10th, a new Emergency Order from Public Health Madison & Dane County has been in effect. Under the new order, Sport is allowed again. Martial arts training falls in the category. Which means we are allowed to train with partners again. I emailed the Public Health Department to make sure to have a clear understanding as to how it relates to a martial arts school and here was their response.
You can have up to 25 people participating in drills with no distancing, and as a business you’ll need to stay under the 50% capacity limit.
So to answer your question: So for clarification, do martial art activities fall under the guidelines of "sports"? If so, under Emergency Order #13, will students of different households be able to train, practice, drill together, as long as they are masked and our business is at/under 50% capacity? The answer is ‘YES’.
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Here are the things that WON't change due to the new order:
- The class schedule will not change (yet).
- You must continue to reserve your spot in class via our online calendar or Zen Planner App
- Online classes will still be available.
- When you attend in-person classes you will be required to wear masks at all times while in the building.
- While in-person partner training is not required. You are welcome to train on the equipment or solo.
Here are some of the things that WILL change due to the new order:
- Class size limits will be raised to 12 people per class (Order maximum is 25)
- Classes will be more partner training oriented (as opposed to solo training oriented)
- Monday's Mixed Striking class is now "Panantukan - Filipino Dirty Boxing"
There is a little light at the end of the tunnel but, we want to make sure it is the end of the tunnel and not an oncoming train. We are cautiously excited that at the step forward. I do not want to make changes too quickly. We will slowly and safely get back to normal.
Just because we are able to, doesn't mean that everyone will be ready and comfortable with training with partners. We understand if you still going to be cautious. You are welcome to participate in any way you feel comfortable.