“I must not fear. Fear is the mind killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”-Frank Herbert, Dune
This is our COVID-19 safety policy as of May 17, 2021. As most of you know
Overlord Governor Hogan lifted the Maryland mask mandate for both indoors and outdoors on May 15, 2021. So before we get into it, here is the old link for our safety protocols; which we actually enforced unlike many other gyms (#virtuesignaling #itwasactuallyforyoursafety #hippocraticoath #donoharm).
We will still have a strict class limit of 12 people per class, socially distanced in 10 x 12 squares, and you must still sign up for classes to attend (this is never going away btw, although we may increase the total cap), all classes open up 24 hours in advance, and reservations and cancellations close 1 hour before class.
Your coaches are still a big common denominator and will still be wearing masks while coaching classes.
As you may have heard me tell the story, we spoke to the Charles County Health Department & Charles Co. Sherrif’s Department when we were allowed to reopen with Indoor Fitness on 06.19.20 after 95 days of the government mandated shutdown that I tried to pitch to them that we were a pavilion with both bay doors open and back doors open; I felt that this cross-breeze qualified us as an outdoor space as an increased safety measure. They did not buy that argument.
With that being said, you will no longer HAVE to wear your mask during the workout. You need to wear your mask into the building until you get to your 10 x 12 square. If you leave your square to get a bar, go to the restroom, etc., place the mask back on. Now, I know I too have mocked this policy at restaurants with indoor dining; because COVID-19 can’t get you in a socially distanced spot indoors, but only as you walk through the door, #amirite? We also ask that if you wish to speak closely to another member indoors you should put your mask back on.
So why this rule? A few things. Not all people might feel so cavalier to feel safe in this current unmasked indoor world. While they may feel they are at low risk, have previously contracted COVID-19, or been vaccinated; realize that not all humans are outgoing extroverts, an open book or feel comfortable speaking about all the issues surrounding the pandemic. Some people might fit the description above but care for at-risk or high-risk, or unvaccinated people; or have other personal choices and choose to continue to wear a mask for the duration of the class.
As we at the box know, one person’s freedom ends where another person’s begins; and know we and you will respect everyone’s masking decisions moving forward as we keep your safety at the forefront of our priorities.