Last week, Governor Baker announced some new changes set to begin May, 29th, 2021 in Massachusetts.
I know many of you may have questions about how the updated Massachusetts mask wearing guidance impacts your classes and time spent at LaPlante Healing Arts. I appreciate your patience and understanding while we respectfully shift into this next phase of this historic pandemic and recovery.
As always, our primary goal is to ensure the continued safety and well-being of all students, clients, and visitors at LaPlante Healing Arts.
The CDC states that a “Fully vaccinated individual” means an individual has received both doses of a two- dose COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the individual's final dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Beginning Saturday May 29th, 2021, fully vaccinated people will no longer be required to wear masks indoors at the studio.
The CDC recommends that all unvaccinated people should continue to wear masks; adding they remain at risk of mild or severe illness, death, and risk of spreading the disease to others. People with compromised immune systems should speak with their doctor before choosing not to wear their masks indoors.
I understand that mask wearing can be a sensitive subject for all. Please know that some will still choose to wear masks, while others will not. Everyone is welcome and has a place at the studio. If you have any concerns or questions about this change and the updates outlined below, please speak with me directly. The safety, well-being, respect for, and consideration of all individuals are still of the highest priority at LaPlante Healing Arts.
For the foreseeable future, there is no expectation that LaPlante Healing Arts will require students or guests to be vaccinated, to enter or participate in classes or events at LaPlante Healing Arts. The decision to mask or not will be at the discretion of the individual, or in any cases of increased risk; the studio and its instructors.
Please be respectful of other guests and visitors within the building. Currently, youth under 12 and some people with immunocompromised conditions continue to be ineligible for a vaccine. Please consider wearing a mask in common areas of the building where you may come into close contact with others outside of your classmates and other patrons of LaPlante Healing Arts.
Please continue to inform me of incidents where you have come into close contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19, or if you are awaiting the results of your own Covid-19 test, or if you are experiencing fever, cold, cough or general malaise symptoms. Students will continue to be encouraged to remain home if they are feeling unwell.
Beginning Saturday May 29, 2021, the sharing of exercise equipment such as hand weights, exercise balls, and bars will resume. Cleaning supplies will always be available for anyone to utilize to wipe down shared materials in between use if they choose.
Class participants will once again be allowed and encouraged to wipe down mats and help store away materials and equipment after use and classes. Thank you for your cooperation and support in keeping the studio clean, tidy, and safe for all.
Class sizes will no longer be limited to the smaller numbers of attendees we’ve been observing, however; ample and comfortable space between participants will continue to respectfully be observed.
The sign in sheet will remain in effect as a tool for attendance and contact tracing should anyone with ties or exposure to the studio contract Covid-19.
LaPlante Healing Arts
Covid-19 Protocol Updates