Small Group Classes Are Running

To our valued clients, once again!
We are very pleased to be able to continue to run our small group classes, as we had been doing, prior to this past week. Our protocols for entry and exit have been strengthened, which we deemed to be our weakest link. We are very confident in our cautious approach to distancing within the whole studio, thorough cleaning protocols and mask requirement. Thank you for supporting our efforts to let people in and out in measured steps, ensuring only 2 in the entry at all times. We urge you to do your best to arrive about 5 minutes or less prior to your session. PLEASE make sure you arrive before we lock the door during the teaching hour. Your efforts are noticed. We greatly appreciate your support in helping to keep our studio as safe as possible at this time.
Our schedule is back to “normal” after having to reduce it last week. If you are uncertain about whether you are booked for a session, please email us to find out. Or, if you are signed up for online booking, you can view your schedule when you are signed into your account.
We look forward to seeing you next week, masks on and moving forward, one step at a time, together!
Heather Low
Owner, Meridian Pilates Studio

Action Request of Current Clients

To our valued clients:
In our quest to understand and comply with the most recent BC Health Order, we have been in communication with colleagues around the lower mainland, in an effort to get some clarity on how the language is evolving to ensure the safety of all in the Vancouver and Fraser Coastal Health regions.
We have now been given clarity that 1 and 2 person ‘fitness’ sessions (including Pilates) are allowable at this time, but nothing beyond that until our Covid Safety Plan has been approved by Vancouver Coastal Health. Our plan HAS been submitted for review, and we must now wait until they are able to get through the many, many plans that have likely been submitted this week; until then though, we must reduce our numbers down to only 2 people maximum per session with each teacher. This would be a devastating hit in normal times, but, thankfully, we are still eligible for government support, for which we are very grateful.
We are confident that our plan WILL be approved, but until then, must take steps to ensure we are compliant with the order. Due to this, we will need to reduce our current 3 (and, every so often, 4) person classes. We expect this to be temporary, and are going to do our best to whittle these numbers in the fairest way that we can.
What this means to you:
If any of you have multiple (2 or more) classes/sessions per week, and would be willing to be part of the effort in a proactive way, please reach out to us to let us know that you are ok with us removing you from a session; we might ask you to allow us to choose the session, as there are some times that are more jammed up than others. Please email us asap to volunteer.
After we have heard from volunteers, some of you will then receive an email from us, in the next 48 hours, advising you that we have had to remove you from a class that you have been booked into. We will use varied factors to make these decisions and hope that you will trust us to do what we need to do, in the best way that we can. It will not be an easy task for us and we humbly ask for your patience and cooperation in this process.
As we may try to spread out and offer a few more 2-person classes at quieter times in the studio, please also reach out if you are currently taking private lessons and would be willing to move to a semi-private with another currently private session participant. The difference between a 2-person group and a semi-private will be in the personalization of the session. You can expect to have hands-on guidance in all private lessons and semi-private lessons (with participant permission, of course), as well as having individualized attention in the semi-private sessions, but in the 2-person groups, we will not be offering hands-on guidance, as per our updated Safety Plan, and the classes will run as led classes throughout. (Some semi-privates also run this way; we adjust this based on the needs of the participants involved, but these can also include hands-on guidance.)
ANOTHER OPTION: We also still have online mat classes, which all of us are getting better and better at running, and would welcome anyone to join these as we live within the current restrictions.
We will retain the schedule as-is, to go back to, for when we receive our approval, and/or when the Health Order is lifted. We have high faith that our protocols will stand up to examination and that we will get the needed approval. And, we support the efforts of our Health Ministry to keep our communities safe, understanding that they need to ensure that compliance is happening across the board. I remind myself constantly that our efforts thus far have not been in vain, and that we need to continue to listen to our Health Officers and do what is best for all.
Please stay tuned in to emails coming through shortly.
With respect and determination to keep all of us safe and well.
Heather Low
Owner, Meridian Pilates Studio

Current Covid Update

As we review and adjust to the current changes of the new health order, we have made some changes to the operation of the studio and classes effective immediately. Please take the time to read below as we are all doing what we can to continue to offer you a safe and comfortable environment to move in.
  • Late arrivals will not be admitted into the class/studio. We are sorry that you will have missed your time but we need to enforce this to ensure proper Covid-19 protocols are followed. If you are finding that your class time is too tight for you to arrive on time, please check our schedule for a class that may work better for you.
  • For the duration of this order we will refrain from hands on cueing until it is deemed safe to do so.
  • Upon arrival, the studio will be locked. A few minutes prior to the start of your class, the door will be propped open by an instructor. Once the instructor has moved behind the desk, the person at the front of the line may move into the dedicated waiting spot that has been marked in tape on the floor (this spot is to be used ONLY at that time the door has been opened, otherwise it will block the bathroom key/sanitation area). The instructor will let you know when to come in, as to make sure we are not over-capacity inside the entry area. You will be asked to sign a COVID-19 attestation, sanitize your hands and proceed promptly to your designated work out area. The instructor will then lock the door after all clients are into the studio. Upon exiting you will also be guided to gather your personal items and exit through the propped open door to minimize the amount of people in the front entrance area.
  • In addition to spraying down the equipment after your session, we have added an additional step for clients to “wet wipe” the spray down to spread the detergent uniformly over the area (not to dry).
  • A reminder as the weather gets cooler to bring minimal amounts of personal items into the studio with you and come in your workout clothing.
Thank you again for all your support and joining us in movement as we all navigate this ever evolving time.

New Health Order Studio and Class Updates

To our valued clients:
All of you are likely aware of BC’s new Health Order, which came into effect Nov. 7th at 10pm, in order to reduce the recent increasing Covid-19 transmission in the Fraser and Coastal Health regions. I have spent the last 24 hours reviewing the language and intent of the order, to understand better what it means for the operations of Meridian Pilates Studio. Our primary concern, throughout the pandemic, has been one of making sure that we not only meet, but exceed, protocols for reduced risk of transmission of the virus.
After my research, I  have come to the conclusion that we can continue to offer our sessions, in the way we have been, since our Covid protocol period began. Our goal is to continue to offer a safe space for all clients. We believe that we currently provide a low-risk environment and fall into an allowable category of ‘individualized sessions’. I am sharing a newsclip where Dr. Henry answered a question about gyms, one that gives me certainty that our sessions fall into allowable fitness activity. If you are interested, please go to the following clip, skip ahead to just about 56 minutes in, and listen to Dr. Henry’s response to reporter Richard Zussman.
Please be aware that, should you not feel comfortable coming in during this time, that we support any decision that you need to make for yourself, but will need you to let us know to cancel you. Again, 24-hours cancellation applies, except for conditions developing last-minute, related to Covid-19. We appreciate your continued support as we navigate the difficulties of the time.
In light of yesterday’s order, we have reviewed all of our protocols, and have decided that we need to tighten up two areas for improved safety, during this time of heightened risk of community transfer, and likely ongoing. These include regular health screenings/attestations for both clients and staff, as well as reduced congestion in the reception area at the front during our class change overs.
1. Reducing Congestion:
  • Only 2 people will be allowed into the reception area at any given time. If you arrive, and there are two people already in the studio entry area, please wait in the hall, away from the door, until the area has cleared. We will do our best to help facilitate the movement of people smoothly and efficiently by letting you know when it is time to come in. You are welcome to walk barefoot, if need be, over to your workout space, and put your workout socks on over there (to help reduce the amount of time needed in the entry area).
  • As previously requested, please refrain from arriving more than 5 minutes prior to your scheduled class time, and please do not spend time in the reception area chatting with your fellow participants. We hate to ask this, as we love the connection and community-feel that our clients bring, but in light of our current situation, it makes it a lot harder to reduce the congestion in this entry area. We will be so happy when we no longer need to ask this of you.
  • To help with the above, we will provide bathroom keys, hand sanitizer and wipes out in the hall, directly beside our front entrance. Please use a key if you need to use the bathroom facilities down the hall, and please use hand sanitizer before and after handling keys. If we have not yet invited you into the studio for your session, please go to one of the designated waiting areas along our hallway wall, to wait until 5 minutes prior to your class time. Please know that we will be cleaning and organizing after the previous session and will let you in as soon as we can. We may soon be able to offer small stools to sit on and change into your workout socks there; stay tuned.
  • As well, to help with reduced congestion, please be mindful of exiting in a timely manner, as quickly as possible. Again, we love our shared conversational moments but these will need to be put on hold until after the risk of Covid has been eliminated. If you choose to chat with your fellow participants before or after, out in the hall, please be mindful of our shared hallway and our neighbouring business also needing space for their clients to move about or wait safely. We trust that you understand the need for this at this time.
2. Covid Screening/Attestation:
  • We will now have a clipboard with the names of all incoming clients for the day, with an area to sign off prior to each session. When you come in, this will be sitting on the right side of our front desk. We ask you to sign it prior to proceeding to your workout area. It will be written out clearly, that by signing, you declare that you agree to the following statements:
  1. I do not have any of the following symptoms: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and painful swallowing, stuffy or runny nose, loss of sense of smell, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea or loss of appetite.
  2. I have not been asked to self-quarantine due to exposure to Covid-19.
  3. I am not living with anyone who has tested positive for or has been asked to quarantine due to Covid 19.
  4. I have not travelled out of the country for the last 14 days, nor been on an airplane anywhere within this same period.
  5. I agree to wear my mask and to adhere to all social distancing requirements while in Meridian Pilates Studio.
  6. I have signed Meridian Pilates Studio’s waiver and risk of liability document, and agree to assume all risks related to Covid-19, or any other transmissible agent, during my participation in studio classes.
Please note that all staff will be completing a Covid-screening prior to each day they come to teach as well. They will also not be spending their in between times in the front reception area, again, to reduce congestion overall.
Thank you for your attention to this lengthy email. We appreciate your continued support, and will look forward to seeing those of you who continue to join us in-studio or online.