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COVID-RELATED Safety Precautions

Mask Policy (effective September 13, 2021)

For classes:

  • Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must be masked upon entering the building and arriving at the ring designated for their class. The mask must fully cover the mouth and nose.

  • When students arrive at the ring and check in with the instructor, they and any guests will be asked if they are fully vaccinated (and, if so, to provide proof via vaccination card or Excelsior pass).

  • Anyone who is not fully vaccinated or is unable to provide proof of vaccination must remain masked.

  • Guests should observe the class from outside the ring and must remain masked (regardless of their vaccination status).

  • It will be up to the instructor and the students to decide whether vaccinated members of the class may remove their masks while in the ring.

  • If you remove your mask during class, you must put it back on when leaving the ring to move around the building.

For open training:

  • Please wear a mask on entering the building.

  • If there are fewer than 6 people in the building and you can remain at least 6 ft apart,  and if you are fully vaccinated, you may remove your mask.

  • Please keep the mask handy, and if more people enter, please put it back on.

All other procedures listed below remain in effect.

In order to keep our instructors and students as safe as possible from COVID-19, the following safety measures will be in place for the duration of the pandemic.

Crowding and congestion will be reduced by measures to include:
  • Smaller classes (in most cases, maximum 6 students)
  • Few or no drop-in classes (to facilitate contact tracing)
  • Fewer classes per night
  • Staggered start times for classes, more time between classes
  • More space between rings, separate entrance/exit gates for each ring
  • Guest crates have been removed (non-members needing crates must carry in/carry out)
  • Designated parking and entrance/exit paths for different classes 

In addition:

  • No open training during classes, no lingering before or after class
  • Bring your own water.
  • Students and instructors must formally attest to their health status and agree to observe all safety-related guidelines 
  • If a student is accompanied by a friend or family member, the person may watch from ringside, but must sign in, attest to their health status, and agree to observe the same guidelines as students

Copyright 2021

The Syracuse Obedience Training Club, Inc. 

PO Box 3457, Syracuse NY 13220-3457

A New York State-registered 501(c)3 educational corporation (organized not-for-profit)

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