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COVID 19- Latest information and updates
Your safety is of the utmost importance to us. And while we’re so excited to welcome you back, to make sure your participation with us is as safe as possible, we have new hygiene measures in place in line with coronavirus regulations. Your cooperation, along with the safety measures and all the efforts from our coaches, will help keep our classes safer.
The information below details the safety procedures we have put in place, what you can do to prepare for your class, and what to expect while you are there:
- All participants must notify us, as a matter of urgency, when showing any symptoms of Covid-19 or been in contact with any person diagnosed with Covid-19.
- During our classes, our coaches will have PPE and will ensure that a two-meter distance is kept at all times, respecting social distancing.
- When you attend a WISPA class, please do not bring any other friends, family members or children, as they will not be permitted into the venue.
- Due to the current situation, attendance will be capped and we ask that you only attend if you have registered and received confirmation from us.
- Due to cross contamination, use of equipment is limited.
- To minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19, you will be requested to use hand sanitiser, which will be provided in all classes.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Participant Risk Assessment:
Our Coronavirus (Covid-19) risk assessment has been developed based on the guidelines provided from the WHO and the Public Health Agency Northern Ireland. We would urge you to consider the following questions before attending or registering for a WISPA class.*
* This interaction should not be taken as expert medical advice.
- Do you have a high temperature (fever)? You don’t need a thermometer or to know a precise temperature. If you feel hot to touch on your chest or back answer ‘yes’.
- Do you have a new continuous cough? New: means a cough that you have not had before, or if you usually had a cough, it has gotten worse. Continuous: means coughing a lot for more than an hour or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.
- Have you travelled overseas to countries / regions affected by Coronavirus in past 14 days?
- Have you been in contact with anyone who has contracted Coronavirus?
If you have answered YES to any of the above questions, we will have to ask that you DO NOT attend any WISPA classes for 14 days. Please contact us for more information.
The situation is evolving quickly, and you should check regularly for updated government advice, which can be found on the gov.uk website.
We strongly recommend that you download the FREE ‘Stop Covid NI’ app on your phone or tablet to help stop and slow down the spread of the virus.
Why not take the first steps…
Most of us know when we are mentally and physically well, but sometimes we need a little extra support to keep well.
There are five simple actions to help maintain and improve your emotional wellbeing in everyday life. Try to build these in to your daily life – think of them as your ‘five a day’ for emotional wellbeing.
- Give – volunteer your time. Thank someone. Smile.
- Be active – any amount of physical activity is good for you.
- Connect – with the people around you, friends or colleagues.
- Keep learning – don’t be afraid to try something new.
- Take notice – be aware of the world around you.
We are encouraging everyone to Take 5 steps to wellbeing every day!
Get active in the brighter nights to boost your physical and mental health.
As the nights get brighter, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging people to get out and get active. Colette Brolly, the PHA’s joint lead on Obesity and Physical Activity, said: “Being physically active is really important and daily activity will help you feel better, manage stress, improve your sleep and help you maintain a healthy weight.
“During lockdown understandably a lot of people wouldn’t have been as active as previously. As the restrictions ease and people start to feel more confident in getting out and about, it is good opportunity to set yourself a challenge to get fitter. For example, you could use the NHS Couch to 5k resources to build up running gradually.”
Colette said that being active is something that can make you happy, it is a chance for you to have some fun, it lets you connect with others and can also relieve boredom. “I would encourage everyone who can, to take exercise every day.
“Whether it’s playing games with the kids, running, walking, cycling or doing a bit of gardening, these are all good ways to relieve stress and keep active.”
Whilst enjoying physical activity, it is important that you keep within the current COVID-19 guidelines as this will help you play your part in stopping coronavirus from spreading. It is important to wash your hands when you get home as well.
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