Health & Hygiene

COVID-19

COVID-19 infects people by droplets containing the virus coming into contact with the eyes, nose or mouth.

Obviously, dancing tango involves close proximity and physical contact. we can all minimise our risk with a combination of good hygiene and being aware of personal distancing as appropriate.

At the Brisbane House of Tango, we follow updates from:

Restrictions

We are excited to announce that contact in dance is now permitted in Stage 3 of easing restrictions in Queensland. We are therefore able to recommence our regular dance lessons and classes.

There are however, some guidelines to adhere to:

  • A minimum of 4 square metres per person which limits the number of people in our Toowong studio to 20 and our Kelvin Grove studio to 7
  • Stage 3 also requires that social distancing of 1.5 metres be maintained when not required for a specific dance activity. So, while contact is clearly required when dancing with a partner, we should still observe social distancing at all other times and with all other people (except people from your own household)

Attendance at a Brisbane House of Tango Studio

Students and guests should not enter the studio, if you have:

  • COVID-19 symptoms or are unwell
  • been in close contact with a known case of COVID-19
  • returned from overseas within the previous 14 days
  • been to a declared COVID-19 hotspot within the previous 14 days (the list of declared COVID-19 hotspots can be accessed at www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/hotspots-covid-19)

We have the right to refuse entry should there be any concerns regarding the health of an individual.

Check-in Procedure

Use of Non-Contact Temperature Testing.

COVID-19 infection may only present in some asymptomatic individuals as an elevated temperature.

Upon entry to a Brisbane House of Tango studio, you will be required to have your temperature checked with an infra-red forehead thermometer which requires no contact with the body.

Results of temperature are interpreted as follow:

  • Temperatures of 37.5 degrees Celcius is considered high
  • Temperatures of 37.3 to 37.4 degrees Celcius is considered borderline
  • Temperatures below 37.2 degrees Celcius is not considered elevated

Any person presenting with an elevated temperature should return home immediately to isolate until further testing can be completed.

Any person presenting with a borderline temperature should be checked for signs and symptoms of COVID-19; and allowed to rest for 10 minutes in a segregated area before having their temperature re-checked. If the temperature remains borderline, they should be considered as having an elevated temperature and follow the guidance above.

Attendance Records

Attendance records for any individual visiting the business must be completed to assist with contact tracing should it be required.

Interaction

Dance is a highly physical practice where instruction can often require coming into close contact with the participants to correct movement. Best practices should be maintained to ensure physical distancing measures are adequate to minimise unnecessary contact where possible.

Basic Principles for Interaction:

  • Avoid unintentional/ unnecessary contact
  • Be conscientious of physical distancing measures and provide instruction removed from participants personal space where possible
  • Regular sanitisation should be maintained throughout the class or event.

Keep Yourself Safe

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap (soap is far more effective than hand sanitiser- see note 1 below)
  • Do not touch your face unless your hands are freshly clean
  • Bring your own water in your own bottle.

To Keep Everyone Else Safe

  • If you have to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue (not into your elbow or shoulder – see note 2 below), dispose of the tissue and wash your hands immediately afterwards with soap and water.
  • Do not come dancing if you’re even mildly ill (see note 3 below).
  • Do not talk directly into people’s faces.

Explanatory Notes

  1. Soap is full of lipids, which is what the surface of a virus is made of. So the surface of a virus is soluble in soapy water. Therefore, washing your hands with soap dissolves the surface of a virus and kills it. Alcohol wipes/ gel are second best.
  2. Sneezing or coughing into your elbow/ shoulder is great if you are in public, generally, but it doesn’t help if you’re partner is going to put their hand or arm right there on your shirt!
  3. Most people with COVID-19 get a fever, sore throat, cough, and possibly shortness of breath. For other people, it gets a lot worse. And then other people seem to only have a mild cold or no symptoms at all. Don’t take risks. Ensure you do all that you can to stay healthy and help keep your fellow dancers healthy.