COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for Shanti Yoga Center
Shanti Yoga Center is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for all our teachers and students. To ensure that, we have developed the following COVID-19 Preparedness Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Owners (Jessie & Jesus) and teachers are all responsible for implementing this plan. Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 in our space, and that requires full cooperation among owners, teachers, and students. Only through this cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of our workplaces.
Owners and teachers are responsible for implementing and complying with all aspects of this COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. Our teachers are our most important assets. We are serious about safety and health and keeping our teachers working at Shanti Yoga Center. Teacher involvement is essential in developing and implementing a successful COVID-19 Preparedness Plan. We have involved our teachers in this process by sharing this plan with them in advance of communicating with our student community and encouraged and invited feedback and suggestions, so the plan is in alignment with their comfort and safety level.
Our COVID-19 Preparedness Plan follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines, federal OSHA standards related to COVID-19 and Executive Order 20-48, and addresses:
• hygiene and respiratory etiquette;
• administrative controls for physical distancing;
• housekeeping, including cleaning, disinfecting and decontamination;
• prompt identification and isolation of sick persons;
• communications and training that will be provided to teachers; and
• supervision necessary to ensure effective implementation of the plan.
Screening and policies for teachers exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19
Teachers have been informed of and encouraged to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The following policies and procedures are being implemented to assess workers’ health status prior to entering the workplace and for workers to report when they are sick or experiencing symptoms.
Teachers will be asked to consider the following screening questions BEFORE they arrive for class: have you had a cough? Have you had a fever? Do you live with anyone who is sick or quarantined? If a teacher responds affirmatively, they will not be allowed to teach class and will follow the sub request policy.
Teachers will be staying at home when they are sick, when household members are sick, or when required by a health care provider to isolate or quarantine themselves or a member of their household.
Shanti Yoga Center will immediately inform a teacher if they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 at their workplace and requiring them to quarantine for the required amount of time.
Basic infection prevention measures are always being implemented at our studio space. Teachers are instructed to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water frequently throughout the day, but especially at the beginning and end of their class, prior to any mealtimes and after using the toilet. All visitors to the facility will be required to use sanitizer (which will be professional grade 80% alcohol) before or immediately upon entering the facility.
Sanitizer will be provided, supplied, and maintained, in several areas of our studio space. On the reception desk, in the community space and in the office space (for teacher use only). Hand hygiene will be ensured after any student to teacher interactions during drop-off, pick-up and delivery of any retail item.
Face Coverings/Masks The CDC has recommended that all individuals wear cloth face masks in public areas where physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain to protect themselves and those around them. Shanti Yoga Center teachers will be asked to wear a face covering when maintaining a 6-foot distance is not possible (entering the space, before & after class). Students who attend classes will also be asked to wear a mask as they enter the space up until class has started and following class.
Cover your cough or sneeze Teachers and students are being instructed to cover their mouth and nose with their sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing and to avoid touching their face, their mouth, nose, and eyes, with their hands. They should dispose of tissues in the trash and wash or sanitize their hands immediately afterward. Respiratory etiquette will be demonstrated on posters and supported by making tissues and trash receptacles available to all teachers and students (posters are placed in each restroom).
Physical distancing is being implemented in the workplace through the following engineering and administrative controls:
No more than 2 people at a time in the entry area.
Students will be asked to leave as many personal items as possible in the car and to only bring into the space what they need for class.
Students will be asked to bring their own mats and to wipe them down before and after use.
Students will not use a kiosk to check in. They will be checked in by one of the owners or teachers.
Students will be encouraged to promptly enter the studio and place their mat down in one of the spaces noted on the floor.
The studio floors will be marked to ensure 6 feet distance between each student.
No more than 2 people in the community space at a time (and to be used only as a transition between the studio and the restroom, not a place to stay and visit).
Class sizes will be limited. All students will be required to pre book class. If a student drops into the Center for class, they will be encouraged to go online to book a FREE class if it is their first time and then to arrive at a later time/day for that class.
There will be a limited number of in-person classes provided each day with the remainder of classes provided virtually. To begin, only 2 in-person classes per day.
Regular housekeeping practices are being implemented, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of work surfaces, equipment, areas in the work environment, including restrooms, community space and reception area.
Frequent cleaning and disinfecting will be conducted in high-touch areas, such as door handles on the studio spaces, bathrooms, kitchen faucet and entrance/exit door.
Communications and training
This Preparedness Plan was communicated to teachers on May 10, 2020 and necessary training was provided. Additional communication and training will be ongoing through meetings and email communications and provided to all workers who did not receive the initial training. Instructions will be communicated to students about how classes will be conducted to ensure physical distancing between teacher and students and about the recommendation that students use face masks before and after class.
Shanti Yoga Center owners (Jessie & Jesus) will monitor how effective the program has been implemented by asking for regular feedback from teachers and students and conducting a survey 2 weeks into the program. Owners and teachers are to work through this new program together and update the training, as necessary. This COVID-19 Preparedness Plan has been certified by Shanti Yoga Center owners and was posted throughout the workplace on June 1, 2020. It will be updated as necessary.
Jessie Sandoval, Owner