Updated: Aug 5, 2020
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 state of MN requires the use of face masks for ALL indoor public spaces. ALL Shanti Yoga Center students and teachers will be asked to wear a face covering when entering the space, before & after class. Signs and reminders will be posted through out the space. It is optional to wear a mask during practice.
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 3 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.