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COVID-19 Policies

For Indoor Classes & Events

Vaccination Requirements

The Branches will require proof vaccination for attendance in all indoor classes and events scheduled through 2021. These vaccine requirements do not apply to outdoor classes.

All of The Branches teachers are fully vaccinated. 

We shared this decision on Mondy, August 30: Our policy to require vaccination for participating in indoor classes was a consensus that was reached through caring discussion with all of The Branches teaching and management staff. Community Care is a pillar of our approach at The Branches. We believe vaccinating against COVID-19 is a community effort that prioritizes protecting our most vulnerable. Because our practice community includes elderly people, those who are immunocompromised, pregnant people, infants and young children, we have decided that this is the safest course of action at this time. We plan to re-evaluate this policy every 3-4 months as the pandemic progresses and as government guidelines change.

On September 1st, the Ontario government annouced that the vaccine passport will come into effect on September 22, and we will be carefully abiding by those regulations at The Branches.

Our Ventilation System

We have brand new (2021) heating, cooling and fresh air ventilation systems in our facility. Our HRV (heat return ventilator) ensures a constant supply of fresh outdoor air is brought in, and old air gets fully expelled. As fresh air comes in, it goes through three stages of filtration, and then is distributed throughout the building. This system is superior for reducing COVID transmission because unlike an older building where a furnace just recycles the same air constantly, or even an air purifier which cleans existing air, our system fully exchanges the air. 

Other Proceedures

Health Screening: Complete a self-assessment before you come to the studio. Do not come to the studio if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days, or have been exposed to a known case of COVID-19.

Masks: You are required to wear a mask in the studio and as you arrive on our deck. Once class begins, masks are optional, as strenuous physical activity exempts you from wearing a mask.

Bring your own: yoga mat, pre-filled water bottle, and mask. You can use our props and sanitize them after class.

Support Our Teachers: Teachers will not be offering hands-on adjustments at this time.

Cleaning: High-touch surfaces are sanitized between classes. Hand sanitizer is available at several stations throughout the studio.

Amenities: Our all-gender washrooms are available for you to use.

Online Sales: We encourage you to purchase passes and retail items in our online store whenever possible. 

Reduced Capacity: Classes will operate at reduced capacity in order to meet or exceed physical distancing guidelines. 

Advanced Booking Only: You must reserve your spot up to 30 minutes in advance for all classes. Click here to reserve your spot.

For Outdoor Classes & Events

Our vaccination policy does not apply to Outdoor classes and events. All of our teachers are fully vaccinated.

Masks: Masks are required when you’re coming and going. Once you’re set up on your mat, you may remove your mask if you wish since we are outdoors and 2 meters apart. 

Required COVID Screening: In accordance with public health orders, you must complete a COVID screening before participating in our outdoor classes, even if you have been vaccinated. This will be emailed to you when you book a class, and 24-hours in advance in your reminder email, or you can click HERE to complete the screening prior to coming to Outdoor Yoga.