February 14, 2021
There were already a dozen aerial silks at Up Side Down Circus, but five colourful new ones have just arrived – blue, green, lilac, navy, pink.
Six brand new aerial hoops are on the way too, as part of a range of Covid-secure measures designed to keep everyone in the training space safe, comfortable and confident.
Co-founder Tammi Brown said: “We really can't wait to get back to what we love doing and providing a safe training space for all of our users.
“We miss everyone so much and we miss the feeling of creating and being part of a community.”
The new silks have come all the way from Spain, while the hoops are being made in London.
Following each session, the equipment will be quarantined for 72 hours. Class sizes will be smaller to ensure social distancing and the extra kit means more classes can be added to the timetable safely.
The team at Up Side Down Circus had already introduced a number of safety measures when classes and training were able to resume last autumn.
Community members were asked to pre-book all sessions so the team knew exactly who would be in the building and when, again to ensure social distancing.
Visitors were invited to use their phones to sign in and out in order to comply with Welsh Government test, trace and protect requirements.
They were asked to arrive just in time for their session to avoid any queues and also to wear face coverings in the corridor, reception and bathroom.
Socially distanced anchor points were set up 2m apart and everyone was required to sanitise their hands and feet before entering the training space.
Safety mats were sanitised after every class and equipment was quarantined for three days to reduce the chance of surface transmission.
Tammi said the team had listened to feedback from community members and sought guidance from the NHS regarding safety measures.
She added: “It is really important for us to take care of all of our space users and make sure everyone feels safe and comfortable.
“We are very happy and confident in our safety measures and can't wait to see our wonderful friends back at the space as soon as we can.”
The team at Up Side Down Circus are keeping a close eye on legislation and guidance and the space will re-open as soon as it’s safe and allowed to do so.
By Liz Day