Though it is still too early to tell what will happen with COVID-19, it seems clear that it is necessary to put some measures in place to safeguard the health of our students and teachers.
Official guidance is changing on a daily basis as we learn about the virus and, though the mode of transmission is still unknown, it appears most likely to be spread via water droplets (i.e. not airborne, though of course water droplets become airborne when we sneeze, cough or even speak).
You can find the most up to date information here:
At zenw2, the most effective thing we can do is practise good respiratory hygiene, so please help us to take extra care by following the guidelines below.
1. Please wash your hands thoroughly before and after class. We are providing high-alcohol hand sanitiser at the studio as this is the next best thing. That said, soap and running water is far more effective, so please take a few minutes to visit the bathrooms when you arrive and leave.
2. Please clean your mat after every class using the cleaning products provided.
3. If you sneeze, sneeze into a tissue or the crook of your elbow. If into a tissue, immediately throw the tissue away into a closed bin. We are providing tissues, so there will always be one to hand.
4. Most importantly, if you are feeling unwell, please don't come to class, even if your symptoms are mild. If you arrive and appear unwell, you may be asked to return when you have recovered. For the sake of everyone's health and peace of mind, we feel it is best if anyone with symptoms of cold or flu avoids coming to class at this time. We appreciate that this may be frustrating, and are happy to offer sequences to support your home practice while you recover.
In line with official advice, if you have visited any of the following areas in the past 14 days, please stay indoors and avoid contact with other people:
Hubei province in China in the last 14 days even if you are not showing any symptoms
Iran, lockdown areas in northern Italy or special care zones in South Korea since 19 February even if you are not showing any symptoms
Other parts of mainland China or South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan or Thailand in the last 14 days and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild)
Other parts of northern Italy (anywhere north of Pisa, Florence and Rimini), Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Vietnam since 19 February and have a cough, high temperature or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are mild)
Thanks very much to you all for your care and cooperation. We will continue to follow developments and do all we can to keep zenw2 a safe place for you to practice in.