March 16, 2020

RE: UPDATE on Classes and COVID-19 Preparation

Dear Members,

At this time, all classes and camps at Sundance Martial Arts will continue. We are taking the following additional steps to reduce contact between members and to prevent infection in our facilities:

Reduction in Contact

Effective today, March 16, 2020, all social gatherings and events are restricted to less than 50 individuals by order of the British Columbia Public Health Officer. Sundance is committed to compliance with this public health order and will be using the following steps to achieve this:

  • A new, temporary schedule will be released and will become effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.
  • This schedule will ensure a spacing of 15 minutes in-between classes
  • Students are directed to come in no more than 10 minutes before their scheduled class to avoid crowding
  • Parents and family members are not invited to view classes until further notice. Please contact us with any concerns regarding this. We understand that this is a challenge for some of our younger students and will work with parents to accommodate any issues that arise
  • All classes will be live streamed beginning March 16, 2020, for students wishing to stay home
  • All class sign-ins will be completed by staff until further notice

Student and Instructor Hygiene and Sanitization:

  • Students and instructors are required to wash hands and/or sanitize hands when entering the training floor at the beginning of class and leaving at the end of class
  • Any student exhibiting cold or flu symptoms (coughing, sneezing, fever etc.) must refrain from participating in class. Students may be removed at the instructor’s discretion if exhibiting symptoms
  • All sparring practice and any drills involving direct contact between students (i.e. Self-defense) are suspended until further notice. (This is a great opportunity to work on more technical aspects of Taekwon-Do such as patterns, breaking, kicks etc.)
  • All training equipment must be sanitized after use
  • Uniforms should be washed on a regular basis
  • Handshaking and direct contact are not needed between students, traditional bowing is enough
  • Students who have travelled outside of Canada must refrain from attending classes upon return for a minimum of 14 days following the advice of the Government of Canada.

Facility Sanitization

  • All surfaces are being fully sanitized by staff twice per day
  • Mats are being fully sanitized with anti-bacterial, anti-viral disinfectant daily

We know that this is a trying time and we as a Taekwon-Do family need to support each other. Sundance Martial Arts will be providing resources for our members in the coming days, including the live streaming of classes and the production of training plans and videos, so we don’t fall behind if training at home becomes necessary. Details on the live streaming will be given in a separate communication.

As many of you are aware, the tournament in Kamloops on March 21st has been cancelled. At this time, registrations for the ITF of BC Provincial Championships on May 9th have been suspended until further notice. While the registration for the CTFI Canadian National Championships remains open, we recommend waiting to register until we are given further guidance from the CTFI.

At this time, I would like to assure our members that we remain committed to the health and safety of our students, families, staff and instructors. We will be following the advice of the British Columbia Public Health Officer and the Ministry of Health as it relates to steps that we need to take to reduce transmission of the COVID-19 virus and practice social-distancing. As a local, community-based organization we are obligated to put the health of our community members above all else and we take this obligation very seriously. I would like to take this time to sincerely thank our members and families for your continued understanding and support during this uncertain time.

More information and an FAQ on the recommended precautions can be found here:

http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel)

 

Sincerely,

 

David White

President

Sundance Martial Arts Ltd.