So, we have gone from ‘everyone to be careful’ to ‘don’t go out’ and now we have passed the is ‘OK to go for a walk’ stage and we are entering the ‘you can resume life’ but it will be a ‘new normal’ whatever that may look like.
I remain optimistic that we will all be back again - but not just yet.
There has been a flurry of excitement in the fitness and dance world that we can all resume classes…but…I am not sugar coating the issues:
Cleanliness: while the hall management do all they can, it is my responsibility, before you enter the building and after the class to:
Track and trace:
This is one thing I do not need to worry about as I keep a weekly register and I have all of your details.
I cannot expect you to get on buses or car share with people not in your bubble- especially if you have been isolating since March.
So, while we are all excited at getting back- my honest feeling is that we should wait until September and see what happens then.
In the meanwhile- has your ‘communication’ network changed during lock down?
Enough of the doom and gloom. Life has been interesting here. I have walked almost every street within 3 miles of my home and we have got shopping down to a fine art - in and out in less than half an hour. My aim to leave lockdown no heavier than we went ‘in’ is on track. No lighter- but no heavier!
I think I am keeping John Lewis open with online shopping and my trips out are limited to shopping, and tea in my mum and sisters garden but the cricket is back and I have discovered podcasts and Spotify.
So, what can we do between now and then?
Feeling stiff and sluggish?
To all my class participants- I miss you like nobody's business!
This popped up on my timeline and I thought of you all - we will all sing - together- again.
Hurray- we can go back to class - or can we?
The announcements and guidance
Government announced that indoor gyms and pools can re-open to the public on 25 July (click here) and click here for the official accompanying guidance.
Performing Arts given green light to resume outdoors on July 11- click here and then here here for the Guidance for people who work in performing arts, including arts organisations, venue operators and participants.
One area of concern is that 'all venues should ensure that steps are taken to avoid people needing to unduly raise their voices to each other. This includes - but is not limited to - refraining from playing music or broadcasts that may encourage shouting, including if played at a volume that makes normal conversation difficult. This is because of the potential for increased risk of transmission - particularly from aerosol and droplet transmission'
But we can wear a mask? The World Health Organisation released guidance on June 16, 2020, that people should not wear face masks while exercising because it could reduce the ability to breathe comfortably, noting that the most important factor in preventing disease spread is distancing yourself from others.
So....when we get back will depend upon all manner of things from ventilation, social distancing and cleaning the light switches, door handles, chairs.....
.......watch this space!
Exercise With Tracy
EXTEND Exercise and Medau Movement teacher. Keeping the muscles working, the joints mobile and having fun!