The world has become a much difference place in the last month, and like many businesses, Strike Force Cheer is one of those business which has had to close it doors, without the knowledge of when we might be able open them again.
When the schools of Ireland were officially closed on March 12th 2020, Strike Force Cheer followed suit in order to protect our members and their families. We were hoping that the closures would only last a few weeks, but in the interest of public protection, the term indefinitely has been thrown around a lot, and we have to abide by Government regulations.
There have been talks nationally about easing the restrictions phase by phase to allow some businesses to restart operations. Unfortunately we don't think at this point that youth sports will be deemed important enough to be included in the first couple of phases.
We have been thinking a lot about, if and when the times comes, how would we go about running our business to make sure its sustainable, viable and still benefits our members fully?
Cheerleading is very much a contact sport and social distancing would present many challenges, wearing masks and gloves whilst stunting or tumbling would be a huge safety risk. So we would have to weigh up the pros and cons, and make sure that we can operate sessions in accordance with government guidelines, pass risk assessments and still deliver the Strike Force experience.
Please read below for any frequently asked questions you may have.
WHEN IS STRIKE FORCE REOPENING?
We are very excited to get back into the gym just as much as you are. But we all have to hold on a little longer! We want to make sure that the environment you are going into is as safe as possible, so we’ll be opening our doors at Phase 5, which is anticipated to be the 10th August 2020.
We want to take the time leading up to the commencement of Phase 5 to test all of our systems and processes with our team, making sure that our gym will continue to be a safe place for you and for us. So, keep an eye out on your emails and get ready to start classes. We can’t wait to see you in person again!
ARE THERE ANY CLASSES THAT WILL NOT BE HELD AT LEVEL 2?
Plans are still in motion in relation to what classes we can run safely, we will update this in due course.
WHAT IS STRIKE FORCE DOING TO KEEP ME SAFE?
Everything we can. We have put in place extensive new systems & processes to ensure your safety. We are following the Orders and guidelines set by the HSE and the Department of Health.
– Staggered start & finish times
– Separate Entry and Exits where venues allow
– People spacing upon entry
– Attendance taken on entry
– Health survey on entry
– Three phase cleaning – deep clean start of day including vacuuming mats, high touch point sanitizing between classes and disinfecting all surfaces including the mats end of the day.
– Limiting numbers in venue, approximately 50% of a normal team size. No more than 12 athletes
– Physical distancing of 2 metres in every venue.
– 2 metres will be marked in grids on floors to ensure social distancing
– Signs will be displayed in relation to toilets and shared spaces
– No equipment to be used except tumble track which will be cleaned after use
–Please bring a full drink bottle & named
– Hand sanitisation stations available, hand sanitizing on entry, during and exit for all athletes.
– COVID-19 signage in the gym
– Some of our staff may be wearing masks/gloves
– full training communication and education to all our customers and staff before re-opening
WHAT PERSONAL HYGIENE DOES EVERYONE HAVE TO FOLLOW?
We ask that every athlete takes responsibility for personal hygiene and also respects the space of others including:
– Washing / sanitising hands after going to the bathroom.
– Coughing and sneezing into your elbow.
– Keeping within your 2m grid box and refraining from going too close to the next person.
– Bringing your own sweat towel and using it when needed.
– Bringing your own filled drink bottle named and placed in the corner of your grid.
– Not sharing or touching anything not necessary to training.
DO I NEED TO WEAR A MASK OR GLOVES??
We will update this answer based on guidance from the HSE and the Department of Health.
ARE YOU DOING ANY EXTRA CLEANING??
Yes, we will be. We have designed a three phase cleaning system to ensure all surfaces are cleaned thoroughly. Before class, during class and after class. Including vacuuming mats daily, high touch point sanitizing between classes and disinfecting all surfaces including the mats end of every day. We will also be working with centre management to ensure a strong cleaning regime is put into place.
HOW WILL YOU DO CONTACT TRACING?
We will be using Jackrabbit (Members Gym Management System) attendance portal. We will know all athletes & staff who have been in our gym and will be able to do rapid contact tracing should it be required by the HSE. We do ask however, if you think your information is out dated please advise us. Coaches will have access to all athletes details on our gym management system.
WILL SANITISING STATIONS BE AVAILABLE?
Yes, we will have athletes hand sanitize stations available throughout the venue. We will also sanitise before, during and after practice.
WHAT ABOUT PHYSICAL DISTANCING?
During the initial come back we will be marking the cheer floors in approx 2m grids to ensure athletes stay socially distanced. As well as using signage and arrows to keep distance while moving around the venue. Plus we will be staggering class start and end times to allow a 15-20min buffer between classes to ensure there is no congregating.
COMING BACK TO THE GYM – WHAT WILL BE DIFFERENT?
Things will be slightly different to how they were the last time you were in the gym, as we need to ensure distancing and athlete number limits. We will not be stunting, running routines or doing pyramids at this stage. Nor will coaches be allowed to spot any skills. You will also notice the gym floor is marked into grids and other social distancing markers throughout the facility.
WHAT ABOUT YOUR STAFF?
Our staff have undergone training and will be abiding by all physical distancing. Coaches have been given scripts for the health survey on entry and the health & safety reminder to go through at the start of every class. Along with training on our new entry and exit system.
HOW WILL YOU LET PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT THE RESTRICTIONS?
We will be educating all our athletes on zoom in the weeks before we re-open. As well as advertising our new guidelines extensively on social media and via email. And then before you enter the venue, you will see COVID-19 signage. And at the start of every class the coach will go over all the guidelines and remind athletes how to stay safe during class.
I’VE RECOVERED FROM COVID-19 – CAN I CAME BACK TO THE GYM?
If you have been off sick we will require medical clearance for you. You can then return to the gym as long as you follow all COVID-19 processes and protocols including personal hygiene expectations.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH QUESTIONS I NEED TO ANSWER BEFORE ENTERING THE GYM?
WHAT WILL I NEED TO BRING TO THE GYM?
Please bring a filled water bottle with your name on it and your towel. We also prefer you come already dressed in your training gear as the bathroom facilities will only be in operation for restricted use. Using the toilet, cleaning, drying hands.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT THE FIRST TIME BACK?
Firstly, you may have to queue to enter the gym. Not a long wait hopefully, and we’ll keep things moving as quickly and as safely as possible, but we will need to maintain physical distance and entrance protocols.
ARE OUR TRAINING TIMES THE SAME?
Our timetable has changed to allow for social distancing and to make allowance for our online classes that will still be continuing. Please check with your Coach or Gym Manager for your new hours.
WILL THERE BE CLASS NUMBER LIMITS?
Yes. We are working on the social distancing measurement of 2m so this means that on a 5 panel floor we can safely have up to 12 athletes in a class. We are working on approx 4sqm for each athlete.
WILL I BE ABLE TO USE ALL THE EQUIPMENT I HAVE IN THE PAST?
No, we will not be using any equipment, except the tumble track.
WILL STRIKE FORCE VIRTUAL CLASSES STILL BE HAPPENING?
Yes, we will still be running some Zoom classes as well as any team zoom classes for athletes who cannot attend.
DO I HAVE TO COME TO CLASS?
No, you are more than welcome to attend any Zoom classes online and when you are ready to come back, you will be welcome with open arms.