All classes are closed until further notice
But you can still learn online with us!
If you plan to attend any of our outdoor meetups and when indoor classes resume please follow the current government advice
GENERALLY FEELING UNWELL / OFF COLOUR (Covid-19 related or not)
It is SHTC policy to ask people who have ANY symptoms of a cough or cold to stay away from class until 100% better, including any lingering cough after a cold. Unfortunately not everyone adheres to this but now, with the arrival of Coronavirus it is common sense to stay away if you are coughing etc and we will be reinforcing this with everyone.
Many people who attend our classes have low immunity or resistance to infection because of drugs they are taking, making catching a virus very serious for them. Others or may be about to go in for a long awaited operation which then has to be cancelled because they picked up cold from class.
Therefore if you have ANY symptoms of a cold-type illness, however mild or 'only feel a bit sweaty' or 'only have a tickly cough' or ''feel a bit under the weather' our policy is that you STAY AWAY from classes until 100% symptom free.
Please don't come along and say 'i'm over my cold now, it's just got a lingering cough and i'm not infectious' (I hear this a lot) because you don't KNOW if you are infectious or not, unless you have had your sputum tested in a laboratory. A cough and feeling hot/ cold is one of the first signs of COVID-19. You may be 'over your cold' and now have Covid-19!
Other reasons for a cough:
Hay Fever season will soon be upon us and symptoms of hay fever are very similar to symptoms of viruses, but we cannot afford to assume that a cough or sneeze is hay fever related, it may be more. A person could have Hay Fever AND COVID-19! Sorry hay fever sufferers - if you are spluttering and snotty you have to stay away from class this year until you've got it under control with meds. Ask your pharmacist about starting your antihistamines NOW for best prevention of Hayfever.
Asthma etc: We have a few Asthma sufferers, and people who have 'ongoing coughs' due to diagnosed non-infectious medical conditions or medication they are taking. The NHS Advice for people who have pre-diagnosed non-infectious coughs is: If you notice a CHANGE in your cough frequency / type or have a temperature, then isolate yourself and seek medical advice.
For the purposes of attending classes, if you have a condition that causes you to cough, let me know now so I can make an exception for you. Cover your mouth before every cough.
Additionally, please take up a position in the class nearest to the door and if you get a coughing fit, leave the building until it has subsided for the peace of mind of the rest of the group. Bring / take whatever meds help your cough and a drink of water if that helps. I reiterate that this allowance is ONLY for people who have a pre-diagnosed ongoing non-infectious heath condition (such as asthma) which causes a cough who let me know in advance and not for people who have recently developed an unexplained cough.
CONTROLLING THE SPREAD
It is also a condition of attending classes that everybody keeps some tissues on their person (not in their bag on coat) so that ANY and EVERY cough can be caught (the bare hand is not adequate according to NHS) Please wear something with pockets for your tissues as tissues tucked up sleeves fall out during exercise and cause a hygiene issue when they fall on the floor. If your cough turns out to be more than a one-off incident please leave the building until it has stopped or leave the class early if it shows signs of continuing.
Hand washing is of the best ways to prevent spreading the virus through physical touch and venues have requested that people wash their hands for 20 seconds minimum (the time it takes to sing happy birthday twice) when entering the premises in case any germs are brought in from other things you have touched. If a venue doesn't supply soap or hand towels, I will bring these along. Arrive with time to wash your hands.
A couple of people have asked about wearing surgical face masks in class. I'm fine with this if you want to, provided your reason for wearing one is to prevent picking something up rather than not passing something on. If you have 'something' please don't attend. Incidentally NHS advice is that wearing facemasks is not a reliable way of preventing picking up the virus.
What else is Surrey and Hants Tai Chi doing to safeguard students wellbeing?
If I develop any cold / virus like symptoms you have my assurance that I will cancel classes if another teacher isn't available, so keep an eye on your emails, just in case.
We have purchased a card reader which takes any credit or debit card with contactless facility, or slip your card in the machine and enter your pin so you don’t have to handle ‘dirty’ money. There is no minimum spend or fee for you to use this facility. Please see Cherry if you want to pay by card. We don't have a printer so won't be able to issue a 'card machine' receipt but you can check the amount on the screen before paying, just as you would in any shop.
If anyone coughs without covering their face I will request that you leave the class
I am arriving at venues early with Dettol wipes to clean frequently touched surfaces such as door handles and, where we have designated toilet facilities, the door handles / door locks/ taps to make our class environments as virus free as possible. If you wash your hands when you arrive it will prevent the virus being spread within the venue as all the surfaces you will need to touch should be disinfected.
I will also be asking people who have returned from holidays where they have been, and if they have visited any of the high risk areas I will refuse them entry to the class, in case they have not read our policy or think for some reason it doesn’t apply.
I will display a COVID reminder sign at our venue when people check in for a class and everyone will be reminded to keep a tissue on their person to catch an unexpected cough. Anyone not adhering to the policy will be asked not to return to class.
Of course if you suspect that you have contracted Corona Virus or have the symptoms, follow the info provided by the Health Authorities: isolate yourself and call 111 to discuss with the experts at NHS.
I have EVERYONE'S best interests at heart and missing a couple of your favourite Tai Chi / Qigong classes is a small price to pay compared to the guilt of knowing you have become a 'super spreader' and infected half the class and made your friends sick.
Thanks for your time and understanding,
Stay happy and healthy!