About the new mask mandate and how it affects MDC:
As of July 25, 2020, per the Governor’s Executive Order 20-81, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and businesses, unless alone. Additionally, workers are required to wear a face covering when working outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained.
Dancers and staff are required to have a mask with them at all times; All over the age of 5 will need one on to enter into the building (masks are STRONGLY encouraged for those ages 2-5), and/or during any break times in and around the building between classes. Dancers and staff are NOT required to wear masks during class, but are encouraged to do so if they are comfortable and able to do so while exerting themselves in the classroom physically.
Teachers are not required to wear masks while teaching, but are required to do so in order to provide hands on correction. If a teacher opts to wear a mask during their class time, the mask is to remain in place for the duration of the class. If a mask is not worn by either a teacher or dancer in the studio, a 6-foot social distancing radius must be enforced at all times. Social distancing will continue to be encourage in all classrooms and common areas, regardless of mask usage.
Who is required to wear masks at MDC?
– Children under age 2 years must not wear face coverings. Children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old are not required to wear face coverings, but are encouraged to wear a face covering when in public if they can do so reliably in compliance with CDC guidance on How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings (i.e., without frequently touching or removing the face covering).
When am I required to wear a mask while at MDC or on MDC property?
– In all public indoor spaces and businesses, including when waiting outside to enter the public indoor space or business.
– Dancers and Teachers are not required to wear masks while in the classroom, but are encouraged to do so at their own comfort level.
o Masks must be worn into the studio, can be removed for class, and must be put back on before heading into the hallway and common spaces.
When can I temporarily remove my face covering while at MDC?
– While eating or drinking, if you can maintain 6 feet of physical distance from others who are not a member of the same party
– While communicating with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing, or who has a medical condition, disability, or mental health condition that makes communication with that individual while wearing a mask difficult, provided that social distancing is maintained to the extent possible between persons who are not members of the same household.
– When alone, such as when working in an office or a cubicle with walls higher than face level when social distancing is maintained, in an enclosed indoor area, in a vehicle, or in the cab of heavy equipment or machinery. In such situations, persons should still carry face coverings to be prepared to wear when no longer alone.
– When participating in organized sports where the level of exertion makes wearing a face covering difficult.
– When participating in indoor physical exercise—such as in a gym or fitness center—where the level of exertion makes wearing a face covering difficult, as long as social distancing can be maintained at all times.
– When testifying, speaking, singing, or performing in an indoor business or public indoor space, in situations or settings such as theaters, news conferences, courtroom proceedings, or lectures, provided that social distancing is always maintained. Face shields should be considered as an alternative in these situations.