The lack of information is frustrating.
It is our understanding that further guidance released the week commencing 22 March.
However, this will focussed on activities that can resume from 29 March, e.g. organised outdoor sport and physical activity.
Any information as to how we progress to Step 2 and then Step 3 of the road map - and the opening of indoor adult classes - may not be made nearer the time.
So please pop May 17th, 18th and 19th in your diaries and keep your eyes on the news!
You have everything you need for the first the get together post Lockdown - tea, cakes, wine or something fizzy.
But, how will you rejuvenate your own physical, emotional, social and cognitive wellbeing?
This brilliant poster from the Association for Physical Education (afPE) stopped me in my tracks. I can see everyone here- yes everyone.
We have the Governments Road Map- but what about your own map?
Can you rely on someone else's Sat Nav- or do you need to plan your own route?
What detours do you need to take?
The direct or scenic route?
What do you need- for yourself and others- how can you help- and ask for help?
We have a road map- we have dates we can put in our diaries and make plans for but will we be ready?
Some people will just leapfrog into getting out and about; those who have been 'occupied' by work or anything else that keeps the grey cells ticking over may leap into newfound freedom of face to face meetings (albeit outside) where screens do not turn black at the end of the conversation.
But what about those who have been confined to their homes?
Getting back to life outside the walls of our homes will be challenging for those who have done what was asked of them- stayed at home to keep the infection rate down. They have sacrificed a whole year of living with little or no contact with the outside world to keep people – total strangers- safe.
I suppose if we think of Lockdown as 'treatment' COVID- then we are all in need of rehab. You don't just jump up out of your sickbed and run a marathon…you take your time and plan ahead—a short distance today- and a longer one the day after. You might visit the corner shop at the top of the road this week- and the supermarket the week after.
It is like hospitals allowing 2 visitors per patient at any one time- too many, and the ward is overcrowded, and the patient can't think. One friend in the garden on Monday and then another on Wednesday- take time to give one person time and really 'be' with them and not just a crowd where conversations overlap and no one gets to talk with anyone- properly.
Families and friends will be able to sit and relax into a proper conversation without worrying about getting too close, and you can chat about anything other than supermarket deliveries. And going out means getting dressed- in real clothes! Forget the smart/casual top for Zoom or the stretchy leggings for the daily walk - there are new shoes to buy – and bras – and a haircut!
However you plan to unlock your Lockdown, have fun- be safe- but most of all, plan some time to look after yourself. It will be overwhelming; we will all need a good cry and talk about how we have coped and then do something new. We can't flip the switch and turn back life to 2020; we will have to think of new ways of living- but that need not be all doom and gloom – it is a time for change- make the new normal positive and one you are happy in.
Yes- exercise classes can still take place so long as they follow the relevant social contact rules at the various tiers. So at Tiers 2/3 classes can continue provided that there is no mixing between the individual participants. This means we have to maintain social distancing and COVID-19 compliancy measures are being met.
Classes continue for as long as the venue is open.
GROUPS OF 6
This does not mean we can only have six in your class – it means classes must be appropriately socially distanced with each person having their own space and people must not come as a group or commune in spaces.
September 1st has always been a busy day for me, as a primary school teacher I was preparing for a new school year and as a mum I was making sure the children were as ready as they could be with new uniform, shoes that fitted as well as pens, pencils and a geometry set.
But getting 'back to class' this term has been a bit of an emotional and logistical maze.
I have read so many bits of paper that I am ‘papered out’. From Government Guidance to draft Risk Assessments and final documents I have seen almost every possible variation and combination of words and formats – but it is my job- as a teacher to make sure that YOUR class is a Coronavirus free experience and we all enjoy ourselves without feeling as if we are in a hospital waiting room.
I will be following the guidelines, which are common sense and simple; it is the application that adds the stress.
What to bring with you:
See you all on Monday 7th or Wednesday 9th September
Today is a sad day...a happy ending (scroll down)
Today I made the decision not to return to Highlands Village Hall, closing the EXTEND class that I started.Phoning class participants- friends- with whom we shared our ups and downs, as well as jokes, plans and so many songs, was very difficult.
All other classes will resume the week of September 7th.
Be safe, stay well, raise a glass to absent friends, and one day we will all exercise together again.
After some hunting- the class has a new home- at the Orchard Hall, Grange Park Methodist Church.
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!