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 and entry survey before coming inside the space.
We are not allowing students inside the space early. While we encourage timeliness, we do ask that you wait in your car or outside the door until your class start time.
All persons entering the studio must be wearing a well-fitting nonvented 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.
Only one student or family is allowed at the Front Desk at a time. Additional persons should wait outside. We’re currently defining a family as one guardian and one youth student.
After entering the studio, checking in with Front Desk, and having your temperature checked, all students mush remove their shoes and wash their hands after putting their footwear away.
All persons in the studio should strive to maintain a 6′ distance at all times.
We are not currently allowing apparatus or point sharing or any duo apparatus work. We are also not performing hands-on spotting at this time.
We are not allowing non-participant persons to remain in the studio. This includes people who are giving students or staff rides or 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.
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.