Hope you’re doing well and that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. I’m happy to report our entire M3 team is, and really that’s what really matters these days.
Matt and I have been working hard to put together a game plan for reopening for in-person classes. Now that it’s finished, we wanted to go ahead and communicate to you so you can see the tentative road map ahead for our community.
Please take the time to read this email and our reopening page on our website. In case you don’t make it to either, let’s get the most important part out of the way: We aren’t opening yet. But we’re ready to open when the data supports doing so, which we’re tentatively planning to be around June 1.
That said, let’s talk about what reopening for in-person classes will look like.
We will reopen in a phased approach to ensure the safety and health of all our Warriors. The studio will feel slightly different for a time as we phase back into normal.
As the graphic above shows, Phase 1 will be a hybrid studio with in-person, livestream and recorded classes. Our in-person classes will be much smaller—about 12 to 13 people—so we can keep safe distances. Phase 2 increases the number and size of classes while keeping the virtual options. Phase 3 brings us back to “normal” and phases out livestreams.
Right now, we anticipate Phase 1 to tentatively start June 1 assuming COVID trends improve. Phase 2 will be later in the summer or early fall. And Phase 3 in winter or early spring.
This phased approach is tentative and flexible. If trends show more positive news, we will adjust our timing and move up phases. Likewise, if data shows negative news, we may delay things for maximum safety.
To judge the reopening, we’re looking at the COVID-19 data and trends for our area and state to ensure a downward trend. The CDC recommends a 14 day infection rate of less than 1.0 (meaning for every 1 person with COVID, fewer than 1 are infected). That will be our primarily data point.
Believe it or not, there’s no “How and When to Reopen Your Yoga Studio After a Global Pandemic” bestseller book we could use for this. So instead, we’re using my experience as a nurse and data from the Department of Public Health and the infection growth rate from Covid Act Now to help guide us on when it is safe to hold in-person classes again.
We are in the health and wellness business. And part of that now means keeping our studios closed for in-person classes to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep us all well.
I promise you, as soon as it is safe for us to hold classes, we will. I want nothing more than a studio of Warriors practicing together again.
Now, when we do reopen, things will be slightly different. Not only do we have extensive cleaning and disinfecting policies in place for our team, but we also need our Warriors to follow some new rules or guidelines to help us all stay healthy.
Please read our reopening page about all the new protocols and procedures we’ve currently put into place and expect more communication in the near future as we get toward opening.
But I promise the yoga is still the same; our team is still the same; and our community is still the same. In fact, we’ll be stronger as a community for having made it through this together.
In the short term, we will have fewer classes and much smaller sizes (max capacity of 12-13). We also won’t be using the Tree Room studio or any studio props.
But we’ll still have hot classes and not hot classes. A lot of our teachers will be on the schedule. And we’re keeping M3live livestream and M3online recorded classes around for those Warriors who can’t make it in person.
Finally, I want to thank you for your support. Because of Warriors like you, we are able to stay closed for in-person classes and sustainable. Because of you, we are able to pay many of our teachers still. Because of you, we are able to share modern, accessible yoga with our community.
I cannot fully express just how much all your love and support have meant during this very challenging time. Warriors like you are why we’re working so hard to bring you yoga and keep you safe.
YOU are why we do this. So thank you.
I can’t wait to see you in person again.
Be safe, be well. I love you all. See you on the mat.