COVID-19 National Lockdown Update
In line with the Covid-19 national lockdown in England, Studio Kokoro will be closed between November 5th and December 2nd 2020 for in-person events. We will continue to offer our online classes and social support via our Discord Channel for those who have been to the studio.
Who can come to Studio Kokoro?
You can visit Studio Kokoro with a prearranged partner that you are living with, or partner/s you have formed a bubble with. There will be no pick up play at the studio and you will need to tie with the same partner for the full event. You are also welcome to attend solo to self-tie.
Studio Kokoro will be limited to a maximum of 12 tying pairs, a presenter tying pair and up to 4 members of the Studio Kokoro team.
All events at Studio Kokoro are registration only events, to ensure we can manage numbers.
We expect all guests in the space to respect the measures put in place, to protect the safety of our guests, team and presenters. If you do not follow the advice given you will be given a warning and if non compliance continues you will be asked to leave the event with no refund.
If you are in a level 3 (very high) alert area of the UK, we would ask you not to attend the studio at this time. If you are in a level 1 or 2 alert area you are welcome to attend the studio.
Arriving and Leaving
The entrance to the studio will be supervised by a member of the Studio Kokoro Team and for safety we will be checking everyone’s temperature on arrival with a contactless system, you will also be asked some screening questions as you arrive.
You will be required to scan the Track and Trace QR code, using your NHS COVID-19 app, which can be downloaded here for Apple devices and here for Android devices for free. If you are not prepared to scan the QR code, please do not attend the studio at this time.
We ask guests to only enter the reception area when there are no people occupying that space. A member of the Studio Kokoro Team will be present to guide you. We ask people not to queue outside of the studio where possible.
The Studio Kokoro Team will follow a rigorous cleaning schedule before and after each day of each event, all surface areas will be cleaned and disinfected before and after every event. Additional cleaning will take place during each event as required and bamboo will be disinfected daily. We have completed a deep clean before re-opening.
We have placed a contactless hand sanitiser dispenser at the entrance / exit to the studio and in the kitchen / bathroom area which we ask you to use. Antiseptic cleaning wipes are provided at every tying station, as well as the toilet area, kitchen and entrance. Soap and water are available in the kitchen area and toilets with paper towels for drying hands.
We ask everyone to wipe their mats when they have finished using their tying area at the end of each event. Antiseptic cleaning wipes are provided for this. We ask guests to use the hand sanitiser before leaving your tying area during your time at the studio.
To support cleaning we have removed bean bags, cushions, and kimonos from the space. All surfaces will be kept clear of unnecessary items and tatami mats will not be in use.
There will be no communal rope available, you will need to hang bamboo with your own rope.
Masks are compulsory in all communal areas of the studio. You are welcome to remove your masks when you are seated in your tying space. We have face masks available if you forget yours, please let a member of the team know if you need one.
There are signs in place encouraging everyone in the space to wash their hands, keep a safe distance (2 meters from others) and avoid touching surfaces when in communal areas of the studio.
We have a one way system in place with clear markings on the floor with arrows to help you navigate the studio and guide you to your tying space. We ask everyone in the space to follow this one way system. There are queuing markers for the toilet with a maximum of 2 people in the que at any one time. Only 1 person may enter the toilet area at any one time. We ask for your patience and understanding with this.
The chill out space and kitchen facilities are closed to guests.
Please be aware that some people may have a lot of anxiety about being around other people, please respect that and do not go for uninvited contact e.g., hugs. There is no physical contact in the studio with anyone outside of your tying partner.
Each tying space is clearly marked, they are 2 meters wide with a clear walkway between each space. Each tying space will be provided with a bamboo. You will need to hang your own bamboo. If you want it hung for you please contact the Studio to request this before the event starts.
Please bring your own hot and cold drinks, beverages to the studio as all communal food and drinks will not be available. The fridge will not be available for visitors to use. For safety, the fridge will be reserved for bottled water available to purchase during all events, please let a member of the team know if you want to purchase some water. This is the only beverage that will be available. You will need to take the bottle away with you to dispose.
If you need to change your clothes for the event, you will need to do this in your tying space or arrive already dressed for the event.
We will only be taking contactless card or Paypal payments for anything you purchase at the studio.
Weather permitting we will keep the studio entrance door open to increase ventilation in the studio.
We have a basic first aid kit available in the studio, if you need this please ask a member of staff who can bring it to you.
We ask you to inform the studio if you develop any symptoms, or you test positive for coronavirus up to 14 days after you were at Studio Kokoro.
If you identify as any of the following; clinically extremely vulnerable, self-isolating or someone with symptoms of coronavirus, please do not come to Studio Kokoro and let Dave or Clover know if you have booked an event.
If you identify as a person at higher risk or poorer outcomes, for example, older male, BAME, someone with high BMI or have a pre existing health condition, please contact us if you have any additional needs to what has been outlined in this document.
Please do not come to Studio Kokoro if you or someone you have been in contact with has symptoms, if you develop symptoms after coming to the studio please notify us as soon as possible so we can notify anyone that was at the studio. If you are unsure about your symptoms, see NHS Guidance to check your symptoms. If you have symptoms you should quarantine immediately, more information from the NHS here.