COVID-19 Policies

In order to dance with us, all attendees must abide by the following requirements:

  1. You MUST be fully vaccinated AND HAVE HAD YOUR BOOSTER SHOT for COVID-19 in order to attend in-person SAA events. There will be no exceptions to this rule.
  2. You MUST keep your mask on over you mouth AND nose while you are at an SAA event. If you need to take your mask off for any reason, please step outside of the designated SAA area (e.g. outside the room).
  3. You CANNOT attend any in-person SAA event if you have any of the following symptoms: cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, fever or chills, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or chest pain. Note: the Omicron variant has been expressing mild symptoms. Even if you think you just have allergies, please stay home.
  4. You CANNOT attend any in-person SAA event if you have had close contact with someone in the last 10 days who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  5. You CANNOT attend any in-person SAA event if you have tested positive in the last 10 days for COVID-19.
  6. If you are a University of Michigan student, staff member, or faculty member, you must show your ResponsiBlue at every SAA event prior to entering the space.
  7. If you are a community member who is not affiliated with UMich, you must submit your vaccination passport either electronically before coming to your first SAA event or bring your card with you to show at the door. If you do not feel comfortaable sharing your vaccination passport with us, you cannot attend SAA in-person events.
  8. Use hand sanitizer each time you enter an SAA event and sanitize/wash your hands frequently. Hand sanitizer will be provided.

While the following are not requirements, we do recommend that you:

  1. Wear a surgical or KN95 mask. These are more effective at preventing transmission than cloth masks.
  2. Wear a mask with a wire nose-piece. This will prevent the mask from sliding down your nose while dancing.
  3. Take frequent breaks. Swing dancing is a highly physical activity. While masks do not restrict oxygen, they can make it feel as though it is harder to breathe.
  4. Be aware of your sweat levels. Moisture can contribute to mask ineffectiveness. Take frequent breaks to prevent sweating too much or bring multiple masks.
  5. Consider not attending if you feel unsure about your exposure. If you have recently been to a large social gathering, one of the people you live with has started to feel unwell, or someone has coughed in your face, consider staying home and waiting until the next SAA event. We expect you to use your best judgment on this.
  6. Be aware of delays between exposure and having an accurate test result. The CDC recommends vaccinated individuals get tested 3-5 days after exposure. If you have been exposed to COVID-19, remember that you may get an inaccurate test result if you get tested too soon after exposure.
  7. Get weekly tests. It can’t hurt!
  8. Limit your dancing partners. You can always say no to a dance, with or without a reason! If you’re feeling uncomfortable about being exposed to others, don’t feel the need to dance with everyone in the room. Feel free to do solo jazz instead!
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