What We’re Doing About Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Updated 8/5/2021 at 11am
We would like to share with you how we are proceeding in regards to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and how you can help us support mitigating the risk of spreading this illness and other illnesses within our community and also help us stay afloat during this time.
The information here is based on current CDC, American Circus Educators Association, and Texas Department of Health and Human Services recommendations and on recommendations and legal orders from the City of Austin and Travis County.
The decisions we are making as a business are informed by the above metrics and guidelines, as well as feedback from our staff, students, and community at large.
Current Studio Rules
- All students entering the studio must have already filled out our online waiver before coming inside the space.
- Upon entering the studio and checking in with Front Desk, please proceed to the restrooms to wash your hands before interacting with studio equipment.
- All persons entering the studio must be wearing a well-fitting non-vented mask at all times while inside the space. A well-fitting mask makes a firm seal against the contours of your face and covers your mouth and nose without needing to be readjusted very often.
- We are not allowing non-participants to remain in the studio. This includes people who driving students or staff to the studio and the parents of youth students. We understand that this is likely inconvenient to some students, and we are truly sorry for this, but we feel strongly about limiting the number of people in our space at this time.
- Please do not come into the studio if you are feeling ill or have been recently exposed to COVID-19. We are unable to offer refunds outside of the windows outlined in our FAQ, but please help keep our community safe by limiting its exposure to any illness.
June 2021: We are no longer requiring an entry form for entry into the studio. We are also removing the 15 minute squish window from the beginning of Series Classes; those classes will now actually start at their stated time.
We are also now allowing apparatus sharing and spotting with consent from all participating parties. Parties and Private Lessons in private rooms (not Charm) will now have the option of training without masks if all parties in the room consent to it. Masks will still need to be worn in all public areas of the studio including entry and restrooms.
April 2021: We are slightly increasing the number of persons we are allowing in our studio spaces at the same time, but are still keeping that total well below our pre-pandemic capacity. We are also still enforcing a 6′ ft distance between all studio members not from the same household, not sharing apparatuses, and only performing very minimal hands-on spotting for safety.
March 2021: Despite the lifting of the statewide mask mandate, we will still be requiring well-fitted, non-vented masks covering the mouth and nose on anyone entering our space, whether staff member, student, vendor, or service person. As a private business, we exercised our ability to enforce mask wearing at our studio before the mandate and we will continue to do so until we believe it is safe to do otherwise. We allow no exceptions to this rule.
We are also still practicing social distancing at a minimum of 6 ft in our studio, including no hands on spotting or Duo Apparatus work, and operating below our legal capacity for bodies in our space. We still believe that fewer, smaller classes spaced apart and staggered is the safest way to protect our community at this time.
January 2020: We are increasing the number of in-studio Series Classes we will be teaching, although we will still be operating well below our legal operating capacity. Classes will still have three to six students, there will be no shared apparatuses and no hands-on spotting. Masks will be required and a minimum 6′ distance should be maintained for and between all persons in the space at all times.
November 2020: We are restarting a select number of in-studio Series Classes. Classes will have three to six students, there will be no shared apparatuses and no hands-on spotting. Masks will be required and a minimum 6′ distance should be maintained for and between all persons in the space at all times.
October 2020: We are opening up for a small number of two person Private Lessons and in-person Private Parties of three or fewer persons. We are not booking Duo Apparatus Private Lessons at this time. Teachers will not be providing hands-on spotting at this time. Students are expected to maintain a 6′ distance from other persons in the space, even within the same party or if coming from the same household. Masks will be required for all persons in the space at all times.
September 2020: We are opening up for a limited amount of one-on-one Private Lessons. Masks will be required for all persons in the space at all times. Teachers will maintain at least 6′ distance from students at all times, no hands-on spotting will occur, and teachers and students will have separate apparatuses.
August 2020: We are opening up for a restricted number of individual point rentals. Masks will be required and a minimum 6′ distance should be maintained for and between all persons in the space at all times.
March-July 2020: We have switched to all online classes for the time being. While we are aware that gyms are allowed to open in Texas with certain restrictions, we are still not convinced of the wisdom of this in our particular case and are also not comfortable that we have processes in place to keep our staff and students safe at this time. We are however opening up for very limited student point rentals. Join our Discord for more info!
For the most up to date news on COVID-19 and official recommendations, please visit the city of Austin’s coronavirus page and the resources listed there.
If you would like to reach out about other ways you can support Sky Candy, or other ways we can support you, please do not hesitate to contact us. This is a difficult and unprecedented time for everyone, but we have faith that with a concerted community effort, we can minimize the detrimental long term impacts.
As the situation is ever-changing, with new information coming out daily, we plan on issuing follow-up messages to keep everyone updated. In the meanwhile, if you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much for being part of our community. We hope that in working together to flatten the curve, we can minimize the spread of COVID-19 and its effects.