UPDATE 3/11/20, afternoon
UPDATE 3/11/20, morning
We are now moving all remaining King County programs that are scheduled in March online. This includes two free evenings of mindfulness, a day of mindfulness, and our 4-week Mindful Hearts for Couples class.
We will soon start deciding which of our Spring classes (which start in April) to move online if and as appropriate to Health Department recommendations.
Multi-day retreats cannot be done online. For now we are keeping our Spring Weekend Mindfulness Retreat (Skagit County) and other Spring multi-day retreats on the calendar as live in-person events. To empower your right to health choices we have modified our cancellation policies. If you need to cancel your retreat attendance due to concerns about Coronavirus just notify us at least 24 hours before the retreat begins and we will issue a full refund.
We have added a second live online Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction class this Spring: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction - Online - Tuesday Early Evening which runs from March 31st to May 27th.
To participants in all classes in King County: We are following the recommendation released on Wednesday by King County Public Health and moving our remaining sessions online with the Zoom video platform. Details will be sent by email today.
Mindfulness Northwest joins you in being deeply concerned about the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19. Risk and benefit are difficult to assess and we encourage everyone to make the most informed decisions possible from a grounded place. For now our classes are continuing as scheduled and we encourage each person to make the wisest choice for them. If you are a in lower risk group we generally recommend continuing to receive the value of human connection and mindfulness training by attending class.
According to the CDC, the virus is transmitted primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes when people are in close proximity.
There is a lower risk of the virus spreading via the surfaces of objects. The CDC reports, “It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.”
Mindfulness Northwest is implementing protocols to protect classroom health and safety. We are also working closely with the venues we hold classes at. Please note that we are assured by our venues that they are also attending to this matter actively.
The most important policy is to urge everyone, including our staff, to stay home if they are showing possible Coronavirus symptoms. Specific symptoms that say “don’t come to class today,” according to the CDC are:
As a precaution against surface transmission, we ask teachers and participants to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer:
And we are making hand sanitizer available at all classes.
Finally, we also remind participants about the danger of touching the face. Viruses picked up from surfaces can enter the body through mucous membranes at the eyes, nose, and mouth.
We recommend going straight to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for reliable information about the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.