Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Fitness Quest Covid-19 return to business policy (post lockdown 2.0)


All members are required to read, understand and adhere to the following Covid-19 policies. This document is amended from the original policies set out after lockdown 1.0.

Fitness Classes

Indoor, in person classes restart after lockdown 2.0 the week commencing 7th December 2020. To ensure the safety of all class participants, Fitness Quest staff and other users of the venue, strict Covid-19 policies are required. These policies are outlined below and are subject so change in line with government, venue and Fitness Quest guidelines.

Updates

This policy was last updated on 1st December 2020 to make the following amendments:
  • Numbers added to each policy point for reference
  • Updated social distancing guidance to reflect tier two regulations (point 1.13), this replaced the previous rule of six guidelines
  • Updated guidance to reflect face mask usage when entering and leaving the venue (1.21)
1 - Minimising the spread of Covid-19
 
1.1 - No member will be permitted to enter class if they have developed any of the Covid-19 symptoms within the past 14 days, have tested positive, or have been in contact with anyone who has displayed symptoms or tested positive. 

1.2 - Members cannot attend if they live with a person who is shielding or is deemed vulnerable.

1.3 - Each member is expected to take responsibility for their participation in each session, this includes avoiding touching as many surfaces as possible.

1.4 - Upon return class members will be required to maintain 2m distance from other members, at all times. Where possible members will be allocated a 3m2 marked area. 

1.5 - Members are not to have any physical contact with any other person whilst participating in class (including hugs, high fives, fist bumps).

1.6 - Hand sanitiser is provided and should be used upon entry. 

1.7 - All members should avoid touching their faces during the class. 

1.8 - Windows and doors will be open where possible to aid ventilation where possible. 

1.9 - No equipment sharing between participants, therefore some classes such as Kettlercise will require you to bring your own kettlebell. 

1.10 - A minimum of 10 minutes between each class should be maintained to allow for cleaning of touch points and safe switch over of participants. 

1.11 - If you arrive at your class early, please wait in your car or away from the entrance until the class start time to ensure social distancing can be achieved.

1.12 - No cash payment will be accepted until further notice. All classes should be pre-booked and paid for in advance. Failure to book may result in you being turned away.

1.13 - Participants are to remain in their designated spots and at no time, inside or outside of the class gather with any other person (unless from the same household)

1.14 - Should a member need to move around the hall (e.g. to access toilet) they must maintain 2m distance from any other member.

1.15 - Personal belongings should not be brought into class, other than a personal water bottle, keys, and any essential equipment, these are to be left in an area designated for each participant and not moved to any other location or left on school furniture. 

1.16 - Fitness Quest reserves the right to end a session, or remove participants if any Covid-19 concerns arise.

1.17 - No participant will be allowed back to the venue for at least 14 days from the onset of symptoms or required to provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 test. 

1.18 - Where possible, members arriving by car should aim to park leaving a minimum of one parking space between cars.

1.19 - Toilets are not to be used as a changing facility, all members should arrive dressed ready for participation.

1.20 - Water and kitchen facilities will not be available, please ensure you bring your own water.

1.21 - Face masks SHOULD be worn when entering and leaving the hall but WILL NOT be required when exercising. Please bring suitable storage to keep your face mask safe and clean whilst you are exercising and use sanitiser on your hands before putting your face mask back on.
  
2 - Changes to class structure

2.1 - To ensure adequate cleaning and change over time between classes, one hour classes will now be 55 minutes and other class start/end times may be slightly amended, these can be found on the class pages of this website.

2.2 - Maximum class capacity will be either the gathering size recommended by the government or one person per 3m2, whichever is smaller (including the instructor). The class capacity has been detailed in the Fitness Quest Risk Assessment for each venue.

2.3 - First Aid protocols are outlined here.

2.4 - Music volume will be reduced to a minimum to ensure there is no need to raise voices.

2.5 - All members will be required to complete an updated PAR-Q before returning to classes, this will last 12 months or unless any of the participant answers change.

2.6 - All members will be required to complete an online registration for each class which will open 48 hours before the start of each class. This will act as your sign in for class and will be the method of retaining your contact details for 21 days in accordance with the track and trace system. This will also act as a disclaimer that you are not suffering from any Covid-19 symptoms, have had contact with anyone displaying symptoms/are shielding, are awaiting test results and agree not to attend class if these details change. 

2.7 - The NHS Test and Trace QR code will be displayed at each class (as of 24th September 2020).

2.8 - No class formats requiring close contact (Boxercise) will be scheduled until government regulations permit these activities.

3 - Booking onto a class

3.1 - All outstanding sessions, booked and paid in full before lockdown 2.0 will resume the week commencing 7th December 2020. 

3.2 - Due to limited availability, all classes will need to be booked and paid for in advance. There will currently be no pay as you go classes or early bird promotions available due to lower class numbers and ensuring classes can be financially viable to run. To book onto a course, please contact info@fitnessquest.co.uk

3.3 - No refunds or transfers are available should the member change their mind about attending (see next section for cancelled classes).

3.4 - Once you have paid for a block of classes, you will still be required to complete a weekly registration, without completing this each week you will not be permitted to enter the class venue.

4 - Future lockdowns

4.1 - In the event of further national, local or school lockdowns classes may need to be cancelled at short notice. Where in person classes are cancelled, Fitness Quest will endeavour to offer virtual memberships. 

4.2 - As soon as it becomes possible to return to the venue Fitness Quest in person classes will resume and no paid sessions will be lost due to lockdown closures, these will automatically be carried forward.

Personal Training

Currently no personal training will be taking place in person. These will return in 2021 if government guidelines permit. Personal training sessions are currently offered virtually only.

As of 16th June, personal trainers are permitted to train up to five people from different households at the same time. These sessions must adhere to 2m social distancing by all parties. Government guidelines can be found here. Fitness Quest will only be offering sessions from private outside land (such as a garden), as the risks are deemed to be lower. Fitness Quest will also only be offering personal training sessions for a maximum of two people at this time. As of 4th July 2020 indoor personal training is permitted in private households only, clients from the same household may participate in the sessions. All social distancing guidelines are to be adhered to during indoor sessions. Outdoor sessions should still be the preferred option where possible, however indoor sessions or online sessions can be arranged if the weather is wet. 

It is advised that minimum equipment should be used and cleaned between uses. To minimise risk further, Fitness Quest will not currently be using equipment unless it belongs to the client. It is still advised the equipment used is cleaned thoroughly after each use. Basic hygiene measures should be adhered to by all parties, including washing of hands before and after each session and avoid touching the face whilst exercising. Face masks are NOT mandatory. First Aid protocols are outlined here.

It is the responsibility of each client to inform Fitness Quest if they have suffered from any of the Covid-19 symptoms within the past 14 days, have tested positive or are waiting for test results regardless of symptoms, or have been in contact with anyone who has displayed symptoms or tested positive. Sessions cannot go ahead if any party is showing symptoms or lives with a person who is shielding or is deemed vulnerable. Fitness Quest reserves the right to end a session if any Covid-19 concerns arise.

Thank you for your support and patience.

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Return to classes after lockdown 2.0

  


December and January Fitness Classes

Classes available include HIIT, Kettlercise, PiYO, Sculpt & Burn are listed below in alphabetical order. 

Re-opening of classes post lockdown 2.0

I'm writing this in anticipation whilst we await final confirmation from the government regarding which tier Bournemouth will be placed in. At present, it looks as though classes may resume as long as we follow the same (or similar) rules to before. If you would like to book one of the few remaining places on a course, please do so ASAP by emailing info@fitnessquest.co.uk. Please note that start dates are subject to change in line with any government or venue restrictions and should we require further closures once the courses begin any remaining weeks will be completed once we are allowed to return. 

Boxercise is currently on a break due to the Covid-19 restrictions in place making pad work an unauthorised activity. We hope Boxercise can return soon.

Christmas Break

There will be no classes between Thursday 17th December 2020 and Sunday 3rd January 2021. Please check courses below for specific dates.

COVID-19 Policies

Please take the time to read the Fitness Quest Covid-19 Policies and ensure you understand and adhere to them at each class, should you have any questions about the measures in place and what is expected of members during these times, please get in touch. 

Class numbers have been restricted in line with the government rules, therefore once booked, no refunds or transfers are available due to the very limited viability of running classes at present. Should classes be cancelled due to further lockdowns, Fitness Quest or school closures then any course affected will be placed on hold until it is possible to resume classes - no weeks will be lost by members in this situation. Any active sessions you do not attend, for whatever reason, cannot be transferred.

Should you be seen to be in breach of the Covid-19 policies at a class (e.g. displaying symptoms/not engaging in social distancing) you may be refused the right to participate, without refund.

All members must have completed an online PAR-Q within the past 12 months and members must now sign in online before each class.

Epiphany Car Park

Please could everyone who parks their car at Epiphany Primary school for classes ensure they DO NOT drive out of the entrance when they leave. There have been some very near misses as people driving into the entrance or pedestrians crossing it are not expecting a vehicle to be exiting through it. If you need directions to the exit please ask at class.

CLASS TIMETABLE

HIIT 

Due to resume 7th December:

  • Mondays 7:40pm - 8:10pm at Epiphany School, BH9 3PE. No classes on Bank Holidays. £30 for six consecutive weeks, you can start your six week block on a date to suit you. There will be no classes on 21st and 28th December so these weeks will not be included in your booking. Email info@fitnessquest.co.uk to book your place.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is always in the media for its fat burning and body shaping benefits, and I've always incorporated it into many of my classes. Usually combined with my bootcamps or as a part of my popular sculpt and burn class, I've now decided to give HIIT its own slot on my timetable. I offer varying difficulty levels to adapt to all fitness ranges, so each and every one of you can work to your own ability. Performing body weight exercises, you can choose the high impact or low impact options and everyone will leave having had a great workout. It's also only a 30 minute class, so a great option for anyone looking for a quick blast.

KETTLERCISE
  • Six week course due to start Monday 7th December 2020 - 25th January 2020 (no classes on 21st or 28th December)6:30pm-7:25pm, Epiphany Primary School, Muscliff, BH9 3PE, £36. You will require your own Kettlebell. Please read the Covid-19 policy before returning to class. You are required to sign in to class online each week, this opens 48 hours before the class start time and you should cancel your space should you no longer be able to attend. ONLY THREE PLACES LEFT! Email info@fitnessquest.co.uk to book your place.
    Kettlercise® covers a huge range of 37 kettlebell exercises ranging from basic moves to more advanced techniques, from high energy pulse raises to being able to place extra emphasis on target muscle groups like abs, glutes, arms and thighs and all with maximum effectiveness. It will not only destroy unwanted body fat but completely shape your body!

    PiYO

    • Current course finishes 9th December 2020 (previously due to finish 11th November 2020)
    • Eight week course starts Wednesday 16th December 2020 - 17th February 2021 (no classes on 23rd and 30th December 2020), 6:30pm - 7:25pm, Epiphany Primary School, Muscliff, BH9 3PE, £48. You are required to sign in to class online each week, this opens 48 hours before the class start time and you should cancel your space should you no longer be able to attend. ONLY TWO PLACES LEFT! Email info@fitnessquest.co.uk to book your place.

    PiYo is a group fitness class inspired by Pilates and Yoga. It's a full body workout designed to improve your strength and flexibility. Although inspired by Pilates and Yoga, forget everything you know about these techniques... PiYo is a whole new format in it's own right. I've never taught anything quite like it, you can certainly feel it challenging your muscles in ways you've never felt them work before! Putting together our PiYo poses, we are constantly flowing from one move to another, ensuring you don't stay still. This makes PiYo not only great for strength and flexibility but also calorie burn (there will be lots of sweat)!

    During a PiYo live class, we'll complete a series of tracks such as a warm up, heat building, lower body, full body fusion etc. All of these tracks are done to an upbeat soundtrack, so no whale music, as lovely as it is ;-) It's all low impact (with the option to add in a few jumps), and involves no weights, just your own body.
     

    For more information on PiYo, including my FAQ's please click here.

    SCULPT & BURN

    • Current course finishes 9th December 2020 (previously due to finish 11th November 2020). 
    • Eight week course starts Wednesday 16th December 2020 - 17th February 2021 (no classes on 23rd and 30th December 2020), 7:40pm -  8:20pm, Epiphany Primary School, Muscliff, BH9 3PE, £48You are required to sign in to class online each week, this opens 48 hours before the class start time and you should cancel your space should you no longer be able to attend. WAIT LIST ONLY! Email info@fitnessquest.co.uk to book your place.
    This is a brand new concept, devised by myself and it will target both muscle toning and strength as well as calorie burning HIIT exercises. During Covid-19 restrictions, I won't be bringing equipment to class so ask that members choose to bring an object of their choice, whether that's a kettlebell, dumbbells, or a backpack filled with books! 

    You will still get a few rounds of HIIT (high intensity interval training) in each class followed by a variety of strength and conditioning exercises which vary weekly. Combining these two types of training styles will maximise all round results. This class is ideal for those with a moderate to high fitness level and people looking for a physical challenge.

    BOOKING INFORMATION

    Course places must be booked in advance and your place can only be held once payment in full has been received. Bookings are non refundable and non transferrable. 

    Due to restricted class numbers, please book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch:

    info@fitnessquest.co.uk 07791 605150

    Sunday, 1 November 2020

    November Lockdown Update and Return to Virtual


    Arghhhhh... I guess we all knew it was inevitable at some point but it is still sad to be bringing you this update. Please read all of the information below fully and if I has missed anything or you are unsure of anything please email me

    What has happened?

    On Saturday 31st October 2020, Boris Johnson announced that England will be entering a four week national lockdown from Thursday 5th November 2020. You can read more about the restrictions here. It is hoped the lockdown restrictions can be eased from Wednesday 2nd December 2020. This unfortunately means that between these dates, all in person classes will be cancelled.

    What happens until we enter lockdown on the 5th November? 

    As it stands, all classes on Monday 2nd November and Wednesday 4th November will go ahead, unless the venue cancels our booking. I will contact anyone signed in to the classes should they need to be cancelled, so please ensure you sign in with the correct phone number and email listed. Cancellations will also be posted on the Facebook page.

    Please continue to adhere to the Covid-19 policy in the meantime.

    What happens to any outstanding classes?

    If you are booked onto a current course, any remaining sessions will continue as soon as we are allowed back. If you are booked on to a future course which has not yet started, your payment has secured your place and the course will start as soon as we are allowed back.

    Current course dates are:

    Kettlercise - Monday 21st September - Monday 2nd November (completed in full)

    HIIT - Six week, continuous block from your start date, this varies per participant.

    PiYo - Wednesday 23rd September - 11th November (one week to be carried over to post lockdown, estimated to be 9th December 2020)

    Sculpt & Burn - Wednesday 23rd September - 11th November (one week to be carried over to post lockdown, estimated to be 9th December 2020)

    Future course dates are:

    Kettlercise - Was due to start on Monday 9th November, new estimated start date is Monday 7th December (no classes on 21st or 28th December).

    HIIT - Classes due to resume on 7th December (no classes on 21st or 28th December)

    PiYo - Was due to start on Wednesday 18th November, new estimated start date is Wednesday 16th December (no classes on 23rd or 30th December)

    Sculpt & Burn - Was due to start on Wednesday 18th November, new estimated start date is Wednesday 16th December (no classes on 23rd or 30th December)

    How to book a place on a future course

    Please be aware that estimated start dates may change and may be in 2021. If you have already paid for a future course, your place on the course is secure. 

    If you would like to guarantee your place on the next course please email me to book and arrange payment. Places cannot be held without payment.

    What is the plan to returning to Virtual Classes during lockdown?

    Here is the exciting bit, I have been preparing for the likelihood of returning to our virtual class room and have therefore invested in some new programmes. Teaching virtually is fantastic for keeping in touch with you all and motivating you to stay fit and healthy, however it's difficult to make it financially viable. I am hopeful that we'll only need a four week block, even if we're not back to in person classes before Christmas, hopefully we'll be back as usual early January, without the need for a second block. 

    Four Week Lockdown Fitness Blitz - Starts Monday 9th November 2020

    All of the following is included in membership:

    • Monday L1FT (weighted workout) - 6:30pm-7pm
    • Monday SH1FT (HIIT) - 7:15pm-7:45pm
    • Wednesday M1ND (mobility, stability, flexibility) - 6:30pm-7pm
    • Wednesday Sculpt & Burn (functional fitness) - 7:15pm-7:45pm
    • Catch up access to SH1FT, L1FT and M1ND for 7 days
    • Access to SH1FT & L1FT on demand
    • Access to on demand PiYo
    • Weekly workout to attempt in your own time
    • Block challenge (to be announced)
    • Access to Fitness Quest Virtual Classes Facebook Group
    Further to the above, a Thursday class (or two) may be added, should there be enough membership sign ups, this will likely be Boxing HIIT. Some class times may also be extended to 40-45 minutes.

    Cost

    Full access to the membership benefits listed above will cost £30 for the four week period between 9th November and 6th December 2020. 

    The cost of membership factors in my business overheads such as Zoom account, professional fees such as insurance and licence fees for the course formats I teach (whether actively teaching or not) and unfortunately doesn't begin to cover a wage but it does keep the business running until we can get back to normal.

    I don't like begging, but I am giving some members who would like to donate an extra £10 the option of becoming a FQ Super Star, in return I will be giving the first 6 people to donate the extra £10 (taking membership to £40 for the four weeks) a special edition Kettlercise DVD:

    Members shouldn't feel pressured to donate the extra but for those that do, please note that I will be forever thankful for your kindness! Some of you may already have this DVD so please do check before donating the £10.

    Lockdown Party!

    Finally... Let's try to flip the situation and celebrate what we do have! I'm planning to celebrate with a day of fitness and catch ups with you all (virtually of course) to launch this next block of virtual classes.

    Please let me know if you would like to book a place on the Fitness Party, here's your invite:

    When - Saturday 7th November 2020, 10am-1:30pm, Zoom

    What - Try out all of the fitness formats from SH1FT, L1FT, M1ND, Sculpt & Burn and Boxing HIIT. We will also put some time aside to catch up and have a good old chat! You can do all of the classes or just the ones you want to try.

    Who can join the party? Anyone - Past members, current members or people thinking about becoming members. You only need internet access and a safe space to exercise so you can join in from any location. 

    Cost - £7 for the day pass.

    How to book? Email info@fitnessquest.co.uk

    Please share this information far and wide, let get lots of people to the party next Saturday and maybe even some sign ups for the four week lockdown fitness blitz. 

    Thanks again for your continued support and understanding. Supporting a small business is so much more than just buying a product or service, it gives hope and happiness.

    Vicki

    Tuesday, 6 October 2020

    October, November & December Class Timetable

     


    October, November and December Fitness Classes

    Classes available include HIIT, Kettlercise, PiYO, Sculpt & Burn are listed below in alphabetical order. 

    COVID-19 Policies

    Please take the time to read the Fitness Quest Covid-19 Policies and ensure you understand and adhere to them at each class, should you have any questions about the measures in place and what is expected of members during these times, please get in touch. 

    Class numbers have been restricted in line with the government rules, therefore once booked, no refunds or transfers are available due to the very limited viability of running classes at present. Should classes be cancelled due to further lockdowns, Fitness Quest or school closures then any course affected will be placed on hold until it is possible to resume classes - no weeks will be lost by members in this situation. Any active sessions you do not attend, for whatever reason, cannot be transferred.

    Should you be seen to be in breach of the Covid-19 policies at a class (e.g. displaying symptoms/not engaging in social distancing) you may be refused the right to participate, without refund.

    All members must have completed an online PAR-Q within the past 12 months and members must now sign in online before each class.

    Epiphany Car Park

    Please could everyone who parks their car at Epiphany Primary school for classes ensure they DO NOT drive out of the entrance when they leave. There have been some very near misses as people driving into the entrance or pedestrians crossing it are not expecting a vehicle to be exiting through it. If you need directions to the exit please ask at class.

    BOXERCISE (see below)

    • Current course finishes 22nd October 2020. 
    • 7 week course starts Thursday 29th October 2020 - 10th December 2020, 7pm - 7:55pm at Muscliff Primary School, Broadway Lane, BH8 0AB, £42. COURSE FORMAT NOT YET DECIDED! For practical/fun reasons Boxercise will be taking a break until we can return to the pre-covid format. I'm happy to take recommendations from members but we can continue with the current Boxing HIIT format, switch it up to SH1FT (HIIT based) or L1FT (weights based) or even do some small group training (due to maximum 5 people the cost would be increased for this option). Let me know ASAP what you fancy doing for this next course. Email info@fitnessquest.co.uk to book your place.
    HIIT

    • Mondays 7:45pm - 8:15pm at Epiphany School, BH9 3PE. No classes on Bank Holidays. £30 for six consecutive weeks, you can start your six week block on a date to suit you. There will be no classes on 21st and 28th December so these weeks will not be included in your booking. Email info@fitnessquest.co.uk to book your place.
    High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is always in the media for its fat burning and body shaping benefits, and I've always incorporated it into many of my classes. Usually combined with my bootcamps or as a part of my popular sculpt and burn class, I've now decided to give HIIT its own slot on my timetable. I offer varying difficulty levels to adapt to all fitness ranges, so each and every one of you can work to your own ability. Performing body weight exercises, you can choose the high impact or low impact options and everyone will leave having had a great workout. It's also only a 30 minute class, so a great option for anyone looking for a quick blast.

    KETTLERCISE
    • Current course finishes 2nd November 2020. 
    • Six week course starts Monday 9th November 2020 - 14th December 2020, 6:30pm-7:25pm, Epiphany Primary School, Muscliff, BH9 3PE, £36. Email info@fitnessquest.co.uk to book your place.
      Kettlercise® covers a huge range of 37 kettlebell exercises ranging from basic moves to more advanced techniques, from high energy pulse raises to being able to place extra emphasis on target muscle groups like abs, glutes, arms and thighs and all with maximum effectiveness. It will not only destroy unwanted body fat but completely shape your body!

      PiYO

      PiYo is a group fitness class inspired by Pilates and Yoga. It's a full body workout designed to improve your strength and flexibility. Although inspired by Pilates and Yoga, forget everything you know about these techniques... PiYo is a whole new format in it's own right. I've never taught anything quite like it, you can certainly feel it challenging your muscles in ways you've never felt them work before! Putting together our PiYo poses, we are constantly flowing from one move to another, ensuring you don't stay still. This makes PiYo not only great for strength and flexibility but also calorie burn (there will be lots of sweat)!

      During a PiYo live class, we'll complete a series of tracks such as a warm up, heat building, lower body, full body fusion etc. All of these tracks are done to an upbeat soundtrack, so no whale music, as lovely as it is ;-) It's all low impact (with the option to add in a few jumps), and involves no weights, just your own body.
       
      • Current course finishes 11th November 2020. 
      • 8 week course starts Wednesday 18th November 2020 - 20th January 2021 (no classes on 21st and 28th December 2020), 6:30pm 7:25pm, Epiphany Primary School, Muscliff, BH9 3PE, £48. Email info@fitnessquest.co.uk to book your place.
      For more information on PiYo, including my FAQ's please click here.

      SCULPT & BURN

      This is a brand new concept, devised by myself and it will target both muscle toning and strength as well as calorie burning HIIT exercises. During Covid-19 restrictions, I won't be bringing equipment to class so ask that members choose to bring an object of their choice, whether that's a kettlebell, dumbbells, or a backpack filled with books! 

      You will still get a few rounds of HIIT (high intensity interval training) in each class followed by a variety of strength and conditioning exercises which vary weekly. Combining these two types of training styles will maximise all round results. This class is ideal for those with a moderate to high fitness level and people looking for a physical challenge.

      • Current course finishes 11th November 2020. 
      • 8 week course starts Wednesday 18th November 2020 - 20th January 2021 (no classes on 21st and 28th December 2020), 7:40pm 8:20pm, Epiphany Primary School, Muscliff, BH9 3PE, £48. Email info@fitnessquest.co.uk to book your place.
      BOOKING INFORMATION

      Course places must be booked in advance and your place can only be held once payment in full has been received. Bookings are non refundable and non transferrable. 

      Due to restricted class numbers, please book as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

      If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch:

      info@fitnessquest.co.uk 07791 605150

      Sunday, 27 September 2020

      Important Recap for the Return to Fitness Classes

       


      WOW! How wonderful to be back to teaching actual in person classes last week! It’s been amazing to see you all again and I hope those of you who managed to get back last week enjoyed it.

      It’s been a crazy six months and whilst I’m over the moon to get back to teaching, the whole Covid-19 situation has inevitably left me feeling quite apprehensive and stressed about ensuring I get everything right whilst still making classes effective and safe! I’m sure we’ll all get used to the rules and restrictions in place within a week or so, but I just wanted to remind you all of the really important information.

      The Covid-19 policies I asked you all to read in my last email (13th September) are genuinely so important to be aware of so that we can adhere to these each week. There’s a lot to remember, so I’m asking that you all take the time to read through them again which will hopefully mean I don’t have to keep reminding everyone each week. The rules are mainly here to keep us and the other users of the school safe, but also to ensure that I am able to continue running Covid secure classes for the foreseeable future.

      I can’t thank you all enough for sticking to the most important rules this week, I just want to mention a few things below which will hopefully improve classes even more!

      1. Please try to arrive as close to the start time as possible. If you arrive early, please wait in your car (or away from the main entrance) until a minute or two before the class start time as this will prevent people from congregating in groups. Please remember you are not permitted to mingle in groups of more than six. Not arriving early also ensures Liam and I have enough time to clean the touch points and open windows and doors.

      2. With this in mind, I also need to be strict on class start times. At Epiphany, the front door will be locked and curtains closed once the session starts, this is to stop passers by trying to access the premises without authorisation. If you are running late it is important that you TEXT me (not Facebook) and within reason I will wait a few minutes before starting the class and locking the doors.

      07791 605150

      3. Please remember to sign in to EACH CLASS you attend, this opens 48 hours before the class start time and replaces our paper sign in methods. I recommend setting reminders on your phone as I will no longer be sending personal reminders. I am using this as a fire register, a method of planning class spacing and also for track and trace data collection. Therefore, this information will be held securely for 21 days after the class has ended. If you can no longer attend the class please log back into your “booking” and cancel your place otherwise you will remain an attendee for this class. As of Thursday 24th September I will also be displaying a QR code for the NHS Test and Trace app and you have been encouraged by the government to download and use the app where possible. If you cannot do this your online sign in provides all of the required information.

      www.bookwhen.com/fitnessquest

      4. When you arrive at class, you may be guided to a certain area of the hall by either Liam or myself. This is so we can fill the hall, based on anticipated numbers, as far away from the entrance as possible. You may notice we’ve laid out bright pink discs in some of the busier classes, these are 3m2 boxes and the corners mark your boundary. Please keep your personal belongings within your area and avoid touching school furniture or placing your belongings on tables/chairs etc. Sanitiser (70% alcohol) is available for you to use. If you need to move around the hall (e.g. to access toilet) please just be aware that you must maintain 2m distance from any other member.

      I’m aware this all seems quite regimented to read (and definitely a little strange in practice too), but I’m confident we will get used to it soon.

      I hate having to mention all of the rules in person, it’s awkward and certainly isn’t the most fun part of my job but I do really appreciate your support, acceptance and understanding each class. If I notice anything which goes against the policies, whether that’s potential symptoms or gathering in groups larger than six, I will need to ask people to leave or change their behaviour otherwise I am facing huge fines and closing classes; please don’t put me in this situation. If you are unsure about any of the policy please email me and I will be happy to clarify.

      We are extremely lucky that fitness classes are exempt from the rule of six, but this only works with your co-operation, (GOV.UK 2020) point 3.15.

      If you have ANY of the Covid-19 symptoms, please do not attend class:

      ·         A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

      ·         A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

      ·         A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

      (NHS 2020)

      Thank you so much for your continued support, it may not seem like it with all my nagging but I am beyond grateful. Without everyone keeping themselves in credit, adapting to online memberships and signing up to the in person classes at the earliest opportunity, Fitness Quest would not have survived to this point. You may not be aware of the impact you have individually had on so many local businesses over the past six months, but without even the smallest of gestures, even more families across the World would have felt the impact much more severely. So on behalf of all the small businesses you’ve been able to support, thank you.

      I look forward to seeing you all again this week.