We are living in a worldwide environment that has been unknown for a hundred years – a pandemic. At the time of writing (21 July 2020) COVID-19/Coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 45,000 in the UK and more than 612,000 worldwide.
In line with Government directives, we undertook a full Risk Assessment on 03 July 2020, to ascertain whether it was prudent for Hills n Toes to re-open our Line dance club at RUSSC at that time. Following completion of this Risk Assessment, it was plainly clear that it was not safe for Hills n Toes to resume Line dancing on or shortly after 04 July 2020.
We committed to undertake a further Risk Assessment on or before 31 July 2020 in the light of Government directives at that time.
Click here to view our Risk Assessment dated 03 July 2020.
Update – 21 July 2020
You are probably aware that the Government is to further ease the lockdown constraints and that performing arts facilities will be allowed to reopen from 25 July, subject to compliance with stringent guidelines.
We remain in extensive discussions with the management executive at the RUSSC (which currently remains closed) about the possibility for us to potentially consider resuming Line dance classes with effect from next week – the week commencing Monday, 27 July. Whilst they remain eminently cautious, and accept that it may be feasible but by no means guaranteed; their first wish is that we seek the opinion of our clientele.
Our view is that – were we to reopen at that time – it would be sensible to initially consolidate both evenings and run a single class a week, on a Monday. (Mondays class has, for some time, attracted greater numbers than its Thursday counterpart.) Whilst new cases and deaths from COVID-19 are, thankfully, now stably below levels seen at the beginning of lockdown; we are acutely aware that the Government’s advice is that the clinically extremely vulnerable should continue to self-isolate/shield until (at least) 31 July.
We are aware that in order to maintain social-distancing, we may have to limit numbers on the dance floor, if we have more than a certain number of dancers at any given session. There are two ways in which we could safely address this situation. Firstly, we could rotate the floor: let’s say we determine it is safe to have a maximum of 15 dancers on the floor at one time. If there are 30 people wishing to dance a particular dance, then we invite the first 15 to the floor. They do the dance, and then we invite the remaining 15 and play the song again. Secondly, the area at the back of the Club (top-tier) is not carpeted – many of you will have used it to practice – and we could divide the class with some dancing there while the remainder occupy the main floor.
No doubt we will encounter other challenges as we begin to come to terms with the ‘new normal’, but together; we will rise above them.
It would be counter-productive to reopen only to find that we did not attract enough interest and thus be unable to cover the rent. With this in mind, we would be extremely grateful if you could spend a few minutes of your time and complete our very brief questionnaire, which can be accessed by clicking on the link below. The more of you that respond; the better informed we will be about when is the right time to reopen. Please try and be as realistic as possible – don’t just write what you think we want to hear. Your answers will not in any way be binding – we just want to ‘test the water’.
Your response will be viewable by Hills n Toes and nobody else.
Stay safe and well. We look forward to hearing from you!
Lots of love
Hills, Paul & Angie