COVID -19 


We have undertaken a thorough risk assessment of all areas of the building in line with HSE guidance ( to ensure adherence to all 5 areas of Working Safely during Coronavirus (Covid-19). 



Updated 13/4/21

This protocol has been written from the results of our risk assessment in adherence with "Guidance for people who work in grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities."

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport(2020)


1. Class Numbers


  • Class numbers have been reduced to 8 persons to enable 2 meters distance between heads on mats and to adhere to maximum occupancy requirements as per Government guidance

2. Catch ups


  • Our catch up class policy has been revised in order to comply with social distancing measures and to reduce social interaction between classes - please see new protocol.


3. Entry of students into studio for class


  • Students are required to wear a face covering on entry to the studio up until the class commences. Students are also required to wear a face covering once the class has ended whilst they are cleaning down equipment and exiting the building.

  • Students are asked on entry if they are fit and well and whether or not they have any symptoms of COVID-19 - This is backed up by visual reminders throughout the studio and regular emails sent to students to remind them not to attend if they or anyone they have been in contact with has any symptoms of COVD-19  or if they or any household member is awaiting a test result/ has had a positive test result.

  • Students will enter one at a time through the main studio doors, and will be requested to scan the studio QR CODE. 

  • On entry students are marked as present in the studio on our secure GDPR compliant register system which links directly to our studio database containing all current student contact details.

  • Students will place their shoes in a locker and then sanitise their hands using the wall mounted touch free dispenser


4. Exit from studio 


  • Students are required to wear their face covering once the class has ended and will be advised to exit from the back of the room first after cleaning all equipment they have used in the class with antiviral spray (Individual cleaning stations will be at each mat). 

  • Students will deposit cleaning their single use cleaning cloth in a lidded bin and then collect their items from their locker.

  • Students are advised regularly via verbal and email reminder and visually using posters around the studio to exit swiftly after their class and not gather in groups to chat. 

  • Students will exit via the studio doors, sanitising hands on exit with touch free sanitiser located on the wall.


5. Cleaning of equipment by clients after class


  • There will be a plastic box at the side of each mat which will contain one boil washed single use cloth and a bottle of antiviral spray plus a bottle of mini hand sanitiser.

  • Students will use the cloth and antiviral spray to sanitise all equipment they have used in class including their mat.


6. Head pillows and mats and socks


  • Students may bring their own mat and head pillows but these items MUST be sanitised prior to bringing them into the studio.

  • Students must all wear socks in studio at all times


7. Social distancing on premises


  • Designated mat locations will be marked with floor tape for clarity. Students will exercise in a “top and tail’ manner throughout classes to enable maintenance of 2 metres distance between client head position on mats. 

  • We are no longer running studio catch ups - this will prevent mixing of class groups to further support social distancing measures - (see revised catch up policy).


8. Face coverings, face masks and teacher - student contact


  • Masks or face coverings will be compulsory in the studio as detailed above on entry and exit. During the class face coverings are not recommended  as per WHO guidance at this time. 

  • Students may wear a face covering during the classif they wish. 

  • Teachers undertaking 1:1 sessions will wear a type 2R surgical mask and will still maintain 2 metres social distance/ 

  • Teachers will remain 2 metres from students at all times and will teach verbally and visually with no tactile corrections given


9. Cleaning of contact points and cleaning stations after students have left


  • There will be a gap of 30 minutes between classes to allow for the following cleaning 

procedures after all students have exited the studio.;


Teacher will clean all antiviral spray bottles and hand sanitiser bottles with antibacterial wipe after each session to ensure cleanliness for the next client.


Teacher will clean door handles and any other contact points


Teacher will then sterilise their hands


Teacher will then place a new sterile cloth at each mat cleaning station ready for next class



10. Teacher responsibilities


  • To ensure maintenance of this protocol when in the studio.

  • To report any of breaches of protocol directly to Lyn Mclaren, the Studio Director.



11. Teacher or student illness/ catch ups


  • No student or teacher will be allowed to attend the studio if feeling unwell with Coronavirus symptoms 

  • Students will be invited to take a catch up classes using the Pure Balance video channel



12. Time between classes


  • On re opening we will allow 30 minutes between sessions


13. PB Video Channel


  • The current and continuing PB channel will be offered to shielding clients who cannot attend the the studio. PB will not guarantee that the studio place of these clients will be saved during their absence, but every effort will be made to find them a mat place on their return to studio sessions.


14. Test and Trace 



If you are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service because you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus and have to self isolate for 14 days you will be able to undertake your Pilates classes from home using the Pure Balance you Tube channel. No refunds will be issued for classes missed due to self isolation or other illnesses. 

Details of all active class clients are held on the studio database in accordance with GDPR should relevant class members need to be contacted due to a student reporting a diagnosis of Covid-19

15. Postural Assessments /  Health Assessments


  • When the premises are able to reopen, postural assessments are undertaken by our Osteopath who will wear PPE in accordance with the General Osteopathic Council.