** Updated – 31 May 2020
We’ve got some exciting news. We now have a plan for re-opening the dojo again for physical classes.
It’s important to note that the plan is based on the QLD government roadmap for easing restrictions. As such, our plan for re-opening relies on the timelines in the governments plan.
STAGE 2 Restrictions (From Mon, 1 June 2020):
Easing of QLD governement restrictions to stage 2 have been brought forward to 12 noon, Mon 1 June.
Indoor gatherings of up to 20 people will be allowed for gyms, health clubs & non-contact indoor community sport.
This will mean the dojo can open for classes in a restricted capacity, commencing Monday 1 June. It will also mean, there will be some things that we still cannot do in class, such as kumite or partner training. It will be strictly non-contact.
Physical distancing, personal hygiene practices & frequent dojo cleaning practices must continue to be observed. In addition, teachers will check-in all students (there will be no iPad check-in available).
During this time, we will also ask that students arrive no more than 5 minutes prior to the start of class and at the completion of class, depart as soon as possible. We also ask that parents drop children off as the class viewing areas will be closed.
Given the number restrictions, we will offer a modified training schedule at the dojo to minimise physical contact during the change-over between classes. Although this will allow us to re-open the dojo in a restricted capacity, it will not allow us to fully cater to the needs of all members. With this in mind, we will also continue to offer online classes at the same time as running physical classes.
Classes will be strictly by booking only. Although we do not like to do this, it will mean, if you are not booked in for a class, we will have to turn you away.
During stage 2, we have also made the decision that for classes at the dojo, we will give priority to those students who have not been able to do online training whilst the dojo has been closed for physical classes. These students will be given a window ahead of other students to book classes. Any remaining places for classes after this booking window will then be given to the other students.
New students will only be accepted into our live online karate classes during this time.
STAGE 3 Restrictions (From 10 July 2020):
Indoor gatherings of up to 100 people will be allowed for gyms, health clubs & community sport. At this stage, we plan to roll this change out to the dojo from Monday 13 July.
In the dojo, nearly everything from stage 2 will still apply, except that we will not need to be as restrictive with class sizes.
We will however, still have class viewing restricted as it is not possible to adequately practise physical distancing in the viewing areas. In addition, we will continue to ask students to arrive no more than 5 minutes prior to the start of class and at the completion of class, depart as soon as possible.
At this stage we also plan to continue live online karate classes on an ongoing basis, although the class schedule may change once we are also running classes at the dojo.
We will also begin accepting new students for FREE trial karate lessons at the dojo once restrictions are eased to Stage 3.
Of course all of these plans rely on the roll-out of the government plans, so as we draw closer to these re-opening dates we will continue to communicate updates with members.
Thank you again for your continued support.
And we look forward to seeing you back in the dojo really soon.