Our Approach to Step 3 of B.C.’s Restart Plan

To our valued clients,
During an unprecedented heat dome (better today, phew!) in an unprecedented pandemic, we hope that all of you are managing okay and are slowly finding ways to get back into a slightly expanded social world. It has been a long road, and we are so happy to finally see the light at the end of this tunnel growing a little closer and brighter!
We would like to share with you our approach to Step 3 of BC’s Restart Plan. Our goal is to continue to be a safe space for all who practice and teach here, while gradually reopening to greater numbers. This will be a slow and cautious process for us.
As of July 1st, the following change will occur at Meridian Pilates: we will introduce one more Reformer into our group area, so participants will be slightly closer together than they have been throughout the pandemic. Please note that we continue to follow the Covid-19 Safety Plan square footage allotments per person, even with people slightly closer together. During the summer, Apparatus classes with 4 participants will be a mix of Reformer, Chair, Mat and Arc; Tower work can be added if there are less than 4 in the class. We plan to have Tower capacity for 4 person classes in mid-late September.
Please note, we will no longer be able to run classes that have less than 2 participants registered. We hope this will not be a common occurrence, however when there is only one person booked into a class we will either cancel the class, or offer a private class for the cost of two sessions, if desired.
While we recognize that with this phase of re-opening the mandatory mask mandate has shifted to ‘masks recommended’, just as we required masks right from the beginning of the pandemic, we will continue to require masks in-studio for the next 3 weeks, at which point we will reassess. Our decision is bolstered by today’s World Health Organization’s recommendation that even double vaccinated persons should continue to wear masks in indoor spaces. Please know that we have the continued safety of all of our populations in mind when making this decision and have been following emerging guidelines, as closely as we can, to help make this decision. We had hoped to unmask a bit earlier, but needed to hold back a bit longer in order to ensure a safe space. We can get through this together, and avoid any 4th waves!
We would like to thank all of you for your patience and understanding while we move through the next stages of BC’s Restart Plan and a summer with a lot of movement of people in and out of Vancouver, including clients and teachers. As life is opening up more and more, we are all in need of various bits of downtime and holiday, and very much appreciate your flexibility when we need to make changes to schedules. We will always give as much notice as possible for such scheduling shifts.
In regards to travel, if you are travelling outside of Canada, we will ask you to continue to observe a 14-day waiting period before resuming classes at the studio. We appreciate your understanding of these various and cautious measures.
Many thanks,
Heather and the Meridian Team

July 1st Closure

The studio will be closed Thursday, July 1st for Canada Day. The studio will be open for regular hours on Friday July 2nd and Saturday, July 3rd.
Please notify the studio if you’re unable to attend your regular Friday or Saturday class.

Return to Small Group Classes

As per Tuesday’s announcement from Dr. Bonnie Henry and the Provincial Health Office, we will return to our low-intensity ‘fitness’ group sessions (3 participants in a group) this coming Monday, May 31st. Existing ONLINE classes will continue for the foreseeable future.
We have reached out to those of you who, are in our class schedule for the week of May 31st, to confirm your participation in classes. We have had a few small schedule changes with instructor availability, and are hard at work to accommodate as many participants as possible. Please be patient with us as we work through the existing availability.
The in-studio class schedule for the month of June will be back up on our website by end of day today. Online booking will also be available for those of you who prefer to book that way.
Please stay tuned to your email for any confirmations that we send out over the next short while. If you have not already responded to an email from us, we ask you to please confirm as we have people on waitlists.
We look forward to opening up to greater capacity as we move through the 4 Steps of reopening and will update our schedule accordingly.
Thank you again for your support through these recent shutdowns, and we look forward to all the stages of our staggered return to a new normal.