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Revolution Trapeze LLC COVID-19 risk mitigation and re-opening plan 2021

COVID-19 has forced major changes to the daily operation of Revolution Trapeze. As a business that relies on physical proximity and contact with our clientele, major changes were made in 2020 to ensure the safety of our staff, students and the public at large.  With vaccines becoming more widely available as we approach the start of the 2021 season we will be modifying our COVID policies and rolling back some of the restrictions put in place at the start of 2020.  As the 2021 season progresses we will continue to monitor vaccination rates, COVID cases and community spread numbers and the impact of COVID variants so we can update procedures and policies accordingly.


Policy Changes and Operating Protocols for 2021 Operating Season

What you as a Revolution flyer can expect this year:


  1. With vaccines available to most adults and very little evidence of outdoor transmision while following social distance and mask protocols we will be relaxing our, ‘no one but active students and staff allowed inside the ropes’ policy.  In circumstances where physical distancing can be maintained guests and observers will be allowed to join us in the rig area this year.  Revolution coaches are authorised to ask anyone to remove themself from the space if distancing becomes problematic for active students.

  2. Travel policy:

    1. Air travel has been deemed safe and so we are removing restrictions on persons traveling

  3. Entry into Revolution space will require the following:

    1. Well fitted face mask or proof of fully vaccinated status

    2. Self certification of personal risk and personal exposure probability 

    3. Hand washing and/or sanitizing

  4. Fully vaccinated students/mask policy details:

    1. Students who provide Revolution with proof of their fully vaccinated status will be allowed to fly without a mask if they so choose

    2. Revolution will not track anyone's vaccine status and so students should plan on bringing their vaccine card to each class

    3. Revolution reserves the right to request any student wear a mask for any reason regardless of their vaccination status (reasons might be something like a high risk student being in their class or evidence they have a cold, etc.)

    4. Students should plan on having a mask with them in the event we ask them to mask up

    5. Revolution coaches are all fully vaccinated and so will be allowed to work mask free

  5. Masks are required to cover the nose and mouth at all times.  Masks should fit snugly on all sides. Bandannas hanging loose around the chin are not permissible.  Whenever possible a wire fitting snugly over the bridge of the nose is encouraged.  Loose tie straps on the back of the skull will not be allowed, tie masks are permissible if the tie ends can be secured to reduce the chance they get caught in the net.  Masks with elastic ear loops or full elastic loops are encouraged.  Other mask styles will be visually evaluated (from a distance) by Revolution staff and allowed or disallowed at their discretion. 

  6. Before entering the space, all persons must certify they are healthy and have not participated in any activities that would put them at high risk for exposure or been knowingly exposed to COVID-19. High risk activities that could disqualify participation include but are not limited to:

    1. Sudden onset of COVID like symptoms in the past 72 hours (symptoms include cough, diarrhea, fever, headache, muscle aches, shortness of breath, sore throat and/or unexplained loss of taste or smell)

    2. Knowledge or suspicion that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 10 days

  7. All persons (staff and students) will be required to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds upon entering the space, using the provided sink with soap provided by the school.  Cloth towels will be provided for drying of hands and air drying is encouraged when possible/appropriate.  We ask that students re-use their cloth towel for the duration of their time at the rig to reduce laundry for our staff.  Students wishing to bring their own towel or soap will be allowed to do so, but are encouraged to bring environmentally friendly soap.

  8. Family members or other guests traveling with students will be allowed in the space and will be required to follow the same entry protocols as students.  If the space becomes crowded and/or non-participants are making it difficult to maintain physical distance they will be asked to move outside Revolution’s perimeter rope.  Students are asked not to go within six feet of a person outside the Revolution space during class.  If they do need to interact with someone not within Revolution cleaning protocols they will be required to exit the space for that interaction and go through Revolution’s cleaning protocol before re-entering Revolution’s space.

  9. Interaction with pets should be kept to a minimum, students or staff who choose to pet animals inside the class area will be asked to wash their hands before continuing to participate in Revolution activities.

  10. We will be removing restrictions on who can participate in flying trapeze classes for 2021.  Students of all ages, abilities and experience levels will be welcomed back this summer.  We will begin the season continuing to provide more restrictive classes for those students who remain uncomfortable with the thought of being in a large class with a group of strangers and continue to run such classes as deemed appropriate or necessary.    

  11. Class structures will return to our pre-pandemic structure.

    1. Weeknight classes are 90 minutes long and are capped at 7 flyers

    2. Weekday morning and weekend classes are 120 minutes and are capped at 10 flyers

    3. All classes include catching

  12. Catching:

    1. Catching protocol will require all flyers and catchers to wash their hands immediately before and after the catching rounds.  Revolution staff will have final say in what tricks are ready to go across, borderline tricks that would have been ok to try in the past will likely be vetoed to reduce the chances of any mid-air collisions (thus violating physical distancing protocols in a big way)

  13. We will have thirty minute breaks between classes to allow students to leave before the next group arrives, hanging around the rig will be allowed provided all distancing and masking rules are followed.  Time between classes will also be used to clean/disinfect any and all high touch surfaces used during class.  

    1. Students will not be allowed into the space until 15 minutes before their scheduled class.  

    2. Students needing more than 15 minutes for their warm up may do so outside the Revolution space.

  14. Students will no longer be required to provide their own chalk container.  Those students who have or wish to purchase their own chalk bag will be encouraged/allowed to continue to use it.  

    1. Cloth chalk bags are encouraged and may be clipped to the safety belt while climbing the ladder then tossed into the apron of the net before the flyer takes off for their turn and retrieved upon landing or clipped in the provided area on board for ease of access.  

    2. To avoid confusion for those using the rig provided chalk bag clipped to the rise ladder, an alternate space will be provided for private chalk bags.

    3. Hard side chalk containers will not be allowed off the ground.  

    4. Revolution will have chalk bags kits available for purchase onsite (kits include a chalk bag, chalk, and a carabiner).

  15. School safety  belts will be available as normal.  Students wishing to purchase their own safety belt can purchase one from any available stock at the rig or will be referred to a reputable manufacturer.  

    1. All belts will be subject to inspection by Revolution staff and may be rejected for safety reasons.  

    2. Belt suppliers will be recommended to students to facilitate procurement of a quality belt. 

    3. Limited quantities of belts will be made available for purchase on site.

  16. The twisting belts will be available for use this summer!  

    1. As we proved in 2020 twisty belts are not necessary for most skills but can be helpful in certain circumstances

    2. Sharing twisty belts within class will be discouraged and should not be necessary

    3. Twisty belts will be cleaned by Revolution staff after use

  17. During class, there will be no more than one student allowed on board at a time.  Students will be required to remain outside the rise ladder until instructed to come to the center by the coach on board.  

    1. Interested students will be taught to connect their own safety lines and will have their lines checked by the coach on board but this will no longer be a requirement.

    2. Students will be taught to unclip and return the safety lines and roll out of the net independently as soon as appropriate.  

    3. Students will refrain from climbing to the board before the board coach is ready for them.  

    4. Time spent on board will be minimised and talking, including coaching, should be kept to a minimum or done at the best safe distance.

  18. We will return to having a practice bar available for coaching and warming up when a static point is available.  Staff and students will be strongly encouraged to wash or sanitize their hands before and after using a practice bar.

  19. The port-a-potty will remain within Revolution’s perimeter and its use restricted to Revolution staff and students.  Staff and students will be required to wash or sanitize their hands upon exiting the port-a-potty.  The port-a-potty will be cleaned at the start of each work day and after each fly session in accordance with manufacturers recommendations and using Force of Nature hypochlorous acid cleaning product.

  20. Revolution will eliminate the following items from their typical availability to both staff and students: Ice water, snacks, nail clippers and files, reusable ice packs.  

    1. We will still provide all the basic first aid products we typically need, bandaids, instant (single use) ice packs.  

    2. Distribution and use of these items will be done while maintaining COVID protocols with respect to hand washing and sanitizing as well as maintaining distancing as much as possible.  

    3. No students will be allowed in the trailer to get first aid supplies.

  21. Revolution’s existing rule for only staff to be allowed into the trailer will be strictly enforced.  Revolution will be solely responsible for the setup, cleaning and disinfecting of the site at the start of each day and the cleaning disinfecting and closing of the site at the end of each work day.  Students will no longer be allowed to help set up chairs, mats or any other equipment.

  22. Revolution will post signage in accordance with the state requirements as it pertains to COVID-19 protocols and Revolution’s operation as a closed site.  Weatherproof signage should be present in key areas, reminding all of the “rules” around hand washing/sanitizing, social distancing, wearing masks, etc. 

  23. Sanitation practices will be done in accordance with manufacturer recommendations.  Revolution had great success using Force of Nature’s Hypochlorous Acid cleaning solution in 2020 and will continue to use it going forward.  All high touch/high risk surfaces will be cleaned after each class by Revolution staff.

  24. In the event of a confirmed COVID exposure at Revolution trapeze all staff and all students with potential exposure will be informed of the situation via email, or phone call in the case of staff or students who might be on their way to the facility.  A thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the site will take place immediately with whatever staff participating in that cleaning being provided with PPE.  All policies laid out in this document will be reevaluated to see if modifications can be made to prevent a similar exposure event in the future.

  25. These policies shall remain in place until such time as the latest science, vaccination rates, case numbers, community transmission rates and other pertinent information makes changes appropriate.  Policy changes will not necessarily be reflected in this document.  Revolution will relax or tighten rules and restrictions as necessary and without prior notification if emergency changes are required.

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