COVID-19 information

As outlined by the Victorian Government’s classes are be permitted to be held at The Circus Spot.

It is very important that you read the following information and understand the changes to how we normally operate.

If you have a child under 18 years attending circus, you must also be aware of your responsibilities.

A condition of attendance is to adhere to these responsibilities and requirements.

Physical distancing, venue restrictions, cleaning procedures, and the financial impact of COVID-19 has resulted in a multitude of challenges for The Circus Spot. All these factors mean we’ve had to make some big decisions in order to offer classes.

We ask for your understanding and kindness as we implement changes to the way we operate.

We need YOUR help to keep The Circus Spot a COVID-safe environment

There are limits on the number of people who can be in the training space at one time.

For youth classes, the space will be divided up into 3 different ‘Zones’. Each zone is at least 200 meters squared, and as long as all participants are 18 years old or younger (not including the coach), classes can have up to 20 people in each group class.

Adult classes can only have up to 10 participants per zone. However as equipment cannot be shared between adult students, Aerial Classes will have a limit of 1 person per apparatus, in most cases that means a maximum of 4 students in each class. 

Access to the waiting room is very limited.

We have structured our timetable so that all Tiny Tops students will be able to have 1 parent or guardian present in the waiting area during class time.

For all other youth classes, one parent or carer per child may be permitted inside the building on arrangement, but only if absolutely necessary, to support the participant. This will need to be discussed in advance via email at least 24 hours prior to attendance.

Parents: Be prepared for drop off

Have a conversation with your child about what is expected from them and explain that you are not able to come into the building. Avoiding surprises will make drop off and class participation easier.

Arrive on time and ready to train

  • Students must ARRIVE DRESSED IN THEIR TRAINING GEAR.
  • Use the toilet AT HOME before class where possible.
  • Arrive 5 minutes BEFORE the start time of your class.
  • Students arriving earlier than 5 minutes before the start of class must wait

    outside the building.

  • Students arriving more than 5 minutes late will not be permitted to join in.

Every person will be required to sanitise, be temperature checked and sign a declaration of good health before entering the building.

This procedure is now standard practice to allow contact tracing if needed.

Maintain good hygiene

A thorough full body shower with soap is recommended before and after training.

Avoid wearing school or work clothes to training. This helps mitigate the possibility of contamination after long periods in contact with other individuals.

Personal items

Students must only bring to circus what they need for class.

Drink bottles – must be clearly labelled with the student’s name. Any bottles left after class will be immediately disposed of.

Bags – if you come to training with a bag, these can be placed on shelves in waiting room, but please keep contents inside. This includes mobile phones and tablets.

Lost property – any items that are left at The Circus Spot will be disposed of at the end of each day. This includes items such as drink bottles, clothes and bags.

Bikes – if riding, please use the bike racks at the front of the building (yes! We have had 6 new bike ‘hoops’ installed). Do not bring bikes inside.

DURING CLASS

Distancing

Physical distance between students will be maintained wherever possible and we acknowledge that younger children will find this challenging, so a conversation from you to your child about practicing physical distance would be greatly appreciated.

As per the AIS framework for rebooting sport, and following precedents set by Gymnastics Australia, coaches will still engage in appropriate spotting as a necessary aspect for safe skill development. However, contact will be as short as possible or, where able, avoiding contact completely.

Hand washing

Like all businesses, new hygiene practices are being implemented at The Circus Spot.

We have installed 12 sanitiser dispensers throughout the building. The sanitiser we have sourced has a 70% ethyl-alcohol content.

Students will be regularly asked to wash or sanitise their hands during class time. In some cases, we may also ask students to sanitise their feet.

Pick up & after class

Students must exit the building promptly when class is finished.
Parents – please be ready to collect your child at the front of the building at the finish time of class.

Enrolments, payments and other enquiries

Please get in touch via email or phone, we will not be processing payments or enrolments face to face. This will help us with limiting the number of people using the building.

A limited timetable

Classes are staggered with 10-minute gaps to allow for cleaning of equipment and high use areas.

EQUIPMENT, CLEANING & PERSONAL HYGIENE

Vinyl, plastic and metal equipment including crash mats, aerial hoops, wedges, mini tramps, juggling equipment and trapezes will be sanitised at the beginning and end of every class. We are using a locally produced, COVID-approved ethanol-based cleaning agent for this purpose.

Equipment use in YOUTH classes

(Tiny Tops, Circus 101, Circus Extra & Circus Up)

In line with the AIS guidlines, select equipment may be shared by YOUTH participants in the same class – these include floor mats, mini tramps, juggling balls, and vinyl covered equipment such as wedges and blocks.

Aerial Hoop and Trapeze classes

Sharing of equipment will not be permitted during Aerial Hoop and Trapeze classes. Therefore, class numbers will be restricted to 4 students. Sanitiser and paper towels will be used to clean the aerial gear and landing mats at the end of the session. Students will be required to wipe down their gear as directed by their coach.

Aerial Silks (Tissu) classes

Spaces in our Tissu classes will be very restricted. Each student enrolled in a Tissu class will be allocated their own fabric which will not be shared with others throughout the term. This policy is subject to change based on changing developments.

General cleaning

All high touch surfaces are frequently cleaned with a COVID approved sanitizer throughout the day.

Personal care after class

Despite the rigorous cleaning procedures being implemented, we encourage all students to return home and shower to reduce risk of transmission that may occur as a result of the use of any common items, objects or equipment.

Are you feeling ill? Do you suspect your child is unwell?

No matter how minor, if you or your child is feeling sick, you must not come to class. Symptoms to look out for include:

  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Shortness of breath

Any person (Students, Parents or Staff) displaying signs of illness at The Circus Spot will be required to leave.

If your child starts to feel unwell or display flu like symptoms during class…

In the event that your child presents with flu-like symptoms they may be asked to move to an isolated area that is supervised by distance until you can return to pick them up. We will of course call you should this happen.

THINK OF OTHERS BEFORE TRAINING

Remember to:

  • Cover your mouth if you cough or sneeze
  • Keep a 1.5m distance
  • Regularly wash your hands
  • Stay home if you feel unwell

FURTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Before returning to activity

Anyone returning to sport and exercise after a period of physical isolation and not exercising regularly may be at an increased risk of injury. Coaches will be applying a graded return to skills to mitigate injury risk so students should expect they will be reviewing skills already known to them, rather than learning new ones, for the first few weeks of term.

Have you or your child had close contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19?

You will be required to undertake a test for SARS-Cov-2 and be cleared as negative before coming to circus.

Have you or your child tested positive to COVID-19?

There are two separate considerations for those who have been infected with COVID- 19, prior to returning to activity:

  1. Ensure they no longer pose any infection risk to their community
  2. Ensure they have sufficiently recovered to safely participate in exercise.

Therefore, clearance from a doctor is required which specifically addresses both points.

If you or your child is ill – contact us and let us know.

If your child is displaying any flu-like symptoms following a class, please notify us. Keeping us informed of the health of your child helps us to keep all our students safe and healthy.