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Traffic Light Protection Framework
 Last Updated: 26/01/22


After reviewing the NZ Govt law very carefully, most of our activities including; dance classes, performance teams and events are now best explained as "Permitting Gatherings" or "Sports Performance Teams". Dancing at our studio is cultural, sport, social, recreation & for some, competitive. Social dance styles usually operate with the same groups of people like a social bubble. We are trying to be as non-discriminate as we possibly can with the mandates, otherwise we would have to close our doors. The Chart/Guide above is only for quick reference so please read all the traffic light information, your responsibilities and requirements for entering Salsa Latina, below.

Mask Update:

Masks will still follow the same policy as previously laid out, so no change. It's still optional to wear a mask in our venue since the traffic light system came into effect .. see details below

Timetable Update:

NEW Timetable for CVC requirements on each Dance Class or Event here >

 Your Responsibilities:

- Make sure you wash your hands and use hand sanitiser when possible

- It's very important to stay home if you are feeling unwell or sick - more about this below.

- Scan the QR code on entering the building or use the paper recording.
- Masks Optional (Not Mandated) but recommended (not recommended for exercise or dancing/sport)  ...more info below
- People at higher risk of severe illness, for example those with underlying medical conditions and  those considered to be at risk eg. older people, are encouraged to take additional precautions such as below.
- ​You are also welcome to dance with one partner if you choose not to be part of the partner rotation/swapping in classes, it might pay to organise this prior to class with someone & talk with a teacher about this.
- If you are concerned about touching people, even though we feel this framework is lower risk. You might decide to do solo dance classes aka shine classes only, this is a non-contact form of solo dancing. Another option is teams these are even more closed groups.
- Keep Fit & physically & mentally healthy with exercise which includes dancing!

- Stay healthy and work with your GP if you have underlying health issues.

 FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions

- What is an MVP or CVC?
My Vaccine Pass or MVP & Corona Vaccine Certifcate "CVC " is a certificate or a passport that shows if you have been vaccinated. 

- Which Classes Require CVC?
See our timetable this now lists CVC requirements; Blue = No CVC. Red = CVC Required,... see timetable here >

- Do we still need to Scan the QR code?

Yes, you do need to check-in with either the QR code or the written one as you enter.

-  Do you offer Memberships?

No - we don't offer memberships & we never have. Anyone can walk in and join in our classes or events.

- Do Children Need a CVC / MVP?
- Children Under 12 years & 3 months Old , a MVP/CVC is NOT required to be presented to Enter Salsa Latina in any traffic light scenario. 

- Do visitors, that are not taking classes need to show an MVP?
The same requirements apply for visitors 
- I have a Mask Exception
We accept these, but you don't even need to show one, as you can now enter without a mask as it is not mandated.

-  If you can't come to a Class or Event

If for some reason you can't come, because of your situation i.e. unjabbed,  please do message us as we have some ideas to help you keep moving and dancing. Any Courses or Concession cards can be forwarded to a future dates when you can access them at a lower setting.
This will be automatically done and so when you can come, chat to us about the situation when you come to class and we will remedy the situation. In the mean time do consider online classes as these will keep your learning going >

-  Why do some classes have CVC requirements in Red Light?

For some dance classes these either fall into a different category such as a "team" outlined below. Some classes that we have better control on numbers such as Salsa Intermediate have a smaller group less than 25 persons. So we are able to managed this better.

-  I have an Exemption

Yes we accept these

- What if we reach capacity?
In some instances we will be capping numbers of people, which will be rare. If that does happen it's based on first in first serve for events. As for classes do come early & do enrol if its a new course to ensure your participation. 
Also New beginner courses, where possible priority will be given to those that register/enrol online

- Is Salsa a Sport?

Salsa & Latin dances are many things, cultural, physical art, creative, expression, musical and yes Salsa is a Sport too... have a read here >

Policy for Salsa Latina

 

 Introduction

 

Following the introduction of the new Covid-19 Public Health Response (Protection Framework) Order 2021 (Traffic Light Framework), we introduce this policy for operating Salsa Latina.  

 

The activities carried out by Salsa Latina are “permitted gatherings” as set out at clause 42 of in the Traffic Light Framework. 

 

The activities carried out by Salsa Latina appear to fall into the category of “gathering” as defined in clause 13 of the Traffic Light Framework (.1) as they are:

  1. Some examples are given on the Covid-19 website, such as social sports, etc. (2.)

  2. Other examples are given in clause 13 of the order, such as community club events,  etc.

 

- Under the “Green” setting, gatherings are limited to 100 people if not using vaccine certificates. If using vaccine certificates, there are no restrictions. (3.)

- Under the “Orange” setting, gatherings are limited to 50 people if not using vaccine certificates. If using vaccine certificates, there are no restrictions. (4.)

- Under the “Red” setting, gatherings are limited to 25 people if not using vaccine certificates. If using vaccine certificates, events are limited to 100 people. (5.)

1.  https://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2021/0386/latest/LMS602811.html 

2.  https://covid19.govt.nz/traffic-lights/life-at-red/gatherings-and-visits-at-red/public-and-private-gatherings-at-red/

3. https://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2021/0386/latest/LMS566881.html

4. https://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2021/0386/latest/LMS570864.html

5.  https://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2021/0386/latest/LMS602390.html

In: 

 

  1. Part 1 relates to All settings of the Framework.

  2. Part 2 is a summary of how & which activities will proceed under the “green” setting of the Framework. 

  3. Part 3 is a summary of how & which activities will proceed under the “orange” setting of the Framework. 

  4. Part 4 is a summary of how & which activities will proceed under the “red” setting of the Framework. 

  5. Part 5 is an explanation of how the Framework applies to Salsa Latina. 

 

We have prepared this policy after careful consideration of what is possible under the current framework. We would like everyone to be able to enjoy our activities to the extent possible and will try to work with you to determine which activities you can participate in, so feel free to reach out if you have any questions. 

 Part 1 - All Traffic Light Settings

 

- You will be required to QR scan in or enter your name on the paper records upon entry to the venue downstairs.

- Please ensure you use the hand sanitiser at the entrance before entering.
- Free Events, please see reception when you arrive for the first time.
- Payments for Classes or other activities can be pre-purchased online or at the reception desk.

- Children Under 12 years & 3 months Old , a MVP/CVC is NOT required to be presented to Enter Salsa Latina in any traffic light scenario. In other words all kids under 12YO can come straight in without being checked.

 

• Your Health & Responsibilities

- If you are feeling unwell, please do not attend. If you are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms as outlined on the Ministry of Health website, please do not attend and obtain a Covid-19 test. (5.) 

- If you have tested positive for Covid-19 and may have attended one of our events while positive for Covid-19 but prior to obtaining the test result, please immediately inform Salsa Latina via our online contact form here>

- Make sure you wash your hands and use hand sanitiser when you can

• Capacity Limits & Defined Space Limits**
Specified limits are based on 1 metre distancing, which means one metre square of space for each person (the number of people is limited by the space available) aka a "Defined Space". (6.) It does not mean people must maintain 1 metre physical distancing. Capacity limits include everyone in a defined space, excluding 'workers'. A group of people that has people with and without My Vaccine Pass (excluding children), must follow the lower capacity limit specified for no My Vaccine Pass.


• Defined spaces: **
Maximum Person capacity limits in each of Salsa Latina Studios based @ 1m distancing:
- Studio#1 = 100
- Studio#2 = 50
- Studio#3 = 4
- Reception = 25

 

• Workers

These include all dancers, teachers, helpers & Taxi Dancers (paid & unpaid).
They are people who help the dance studio function.  Workers are not included in the capacity limits for defined spaces.

- Taxi dancers aka grupo essencia (essential group) is a small group of essential higher level dancers that have been selected to help students during classes. They do not pay for classes to help and are there to even numbers up and lift the level so students can learn faster & enjoy their dancing more.  They are also not part of the capacity limits. If you wish to be a helper or Taxi please contact us.

• Facemasks

Facemasks are not mandated for our activities but is recommended. (7.)

You are not required to wear a face covering when you are playing sport or engaging in recreational activities (dance falls into both of these categories). (Also it appears this is not mandated).(8.)

5.  www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-health-advice-public/about-covid-19#symptoms

6. www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2021/0386/latest/LMS573569.html

7. https://covid19.govt.nz/prepare-and-stay-safe/keep-up-healthy-habits/wear-a-face-covering

8. https://sportnz.org.nz/resources/covid-19-protection-framework-faqs

◉ Part 2 - Green 

- All Dance Classes  

(CVC Not Required)

These are Events with a maximum limit of 100 persons per defined space. **

 

- All Dance Parties / Events

(CVC Not Required)

These are Events with a maximum limit of 100 persons per defined space. **

- Friday Salsa Nights - Open in Green
- Salsa Night Fever - Open in Green

- All Performance Teams

(CVC Not Required)

These are Sports with No Limits in a defined space. **

 

- Private Lessons
(CVC Not Required)

1 Teacher with 1 Student Lessons are “close-proximity”

 

- Private Bookings

(CVC Not Required with Limits) 

Generally for the private use of dance practice or studio hire for practice with a maximum limit of 100 persons per defined space. **  a CVC is Not required. However there may be circumstances when using exercise equipment or the focus is exercise this falls under a "gym" category, so  CVCs may be required, please contact us if you are unsure.

*Defined Space Limits
100 people per defined space

 Part 3 - Orange

- All Dance Classes  

(CVC Not Required)

These are Events with a maximum limit of 50 persons per defined space. **

 

- All Dance Parties / Events

(CVC Not Required)

These are Events with a maximum limit of 50 persons per defined space. **

- Friday Salsa Nights - Open in Orange (2 studios open when needed

- Canceled  Events in Orange

- Salsa Night Fever  - Canceled in Orange

- Performance Teams

(CVC Not Required)

These are Sports with No Limits in a defined space.**
​However we will limit this to the actual team or those training toward a team involved.

 

- Private Lessons
(CVC Required)

1 Teacher with 1 Student Lessons are “close-proximity”

 

- Private Bookings

(CVC Not Required)

Generally for the private use of dance practice or studio hire for practice with a maximum limit of 50 persons per defined space **  a CVC is Not required. If more than 50 persons CVCs will be required. There may be circumstances when using exercise equipment or the focus is exercise this falls under a "gym" category, so  CVCs may be required, please contact us if you are unsure.

 

 Part 4 - Red

- Most Dance Classes  

(CVC Required)

These are Events with a maximum limit of 100 persons per defined space.  **
..Please see our timetable which do or do not require CVC's >

- Some Dance Classes  

(CVC Not Required)

These are Events with a maximum limit of 25 persons per defined space.  **
..Please see our timetable which do or do not require CVC's >

 

- All Dance Parties / Events

(CVC Required)

These are Events with a maximum limit of 100 persons per defined space. **
- Friday Salsa Nights - Open in Red

- Canceled  Events in Red

- Salsa Night Fever  - Canceled in Red

- Performance Teams

(CVC Not Required)

These are Sports teams with No Limits in a defined space.​ **
However we will limit this to the actual team or those training toward a team involved.

Please see our timetable which have No CVC requirements

 

- Private Lessons
(CVC Required)

1 Teacher with 1 Student, Lessons are “close-proximity”

 

- Private Bookings

(CVC Not Required with Limits) 

Generally for the private use of dance practice or studio hire for practice with a maximum limit of 25 persons per defined space **  a CVC is Not required. If more than 25 persons CVCs will be required. There may be circumstances when using exercise equipment or the focus is exercise this falls under a "gym" category, so  CVCs may be required, please contact us if you are unsure.

 Part 5 -  Explanation

We have carefully considered whether or not our activities fall into the category of “gyms” which are required to operate with the use of CVCs pursuant to Part 10 of Schedule 2 of the Covid-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021. (11.)

• Gyms

 

The definition of “gym” is in clause 5 of the Framework and appears to cover the standard understanding of what a “gym” is: (12.)

 

    gym means an indoor exercise facility for which access is limited to members+

It does not appear that our space is a “gym”:

  1. Access to our activities are not limited to members. 

  2. Anyone can attend as long as a event/class is purchased (Free in some cases). No membership is required. 

  3. We do not require any exercise equipment for dancing.

  4. The purpose of a gym is to work out/exercise. vs Dancing. which is; entertainment, social, cultural, sport & recreational.

  5. Gyms have the facility for members to check themselves in and out and use a facility. 

  6. Gyms are not Social & Cultural in the same respect, nor Entertainment.

 

• Gatherings

 

We have further reviewed the definition of the term “gatherings” which is defined at clause 13 of the Framework:  (13.)

 

Gathering: A gathering is defined as people mingling in a group (whether indoors or outdoors) and excludes anyone who is two metres away from the group. Examples are:

  1. a gathering to undertake voluntary or not-for-profit sporting, recreational, social, or cultural activities

  2. a gathering to undertake community club activities (except activities that occur at the same time and place as services provided under a club licence under section 21 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012):

  3. a faith-based gathering;

  4. a funeral or tangihanga; 

  5. a gathering held in a defined space or premises of a workplace (other than a vehicle in use as part of a public transport service) that have been hired for the exclusive use of the gathering by a person (other than the person who manages or controls the defined space or premises).

Further examples are given on the Unite Against Covid-19 website.(14.) It excludes any gatherings held at offices, retail premises, gyms, Courts and Tribunals and education entities.

We consider that our activities fall within this category: 

  1. They are Social Sports (Dance is a Sport & Recreation). 

  2. They are held in a defined space which has been hired for the exclusive use of this gathering. 

  3. They are Cultural

  4. The people attending are all likely to know one another & will get to know each other

 

The Sports NZ flow chart (18.) confirms that our activities are indeed, gatherings as follows:

  1. Our activities are not one-off events / occasions, they are usually weekly or have regular trainings.

  2. Our activities are not controlled by ticketing, fees or registration, but rather, by casual rates, course rates & concession card rates all of which are passes which last a certain duration. 

  3. The people in attendance are likely to know one another.  Our activities are social they tend to be aimed at getting to know others  within the group.

  4. On the Sports NZ website it explains "Events"will often be  called 'Gatherings" in the framework

 

• Sports

 

Some of the activities carried out at Salsa Latina are professional or semi-professional sports which include 'performance teams.' These activities involve training and so we consider they fall more aptly under the heading “business or service” which includes the following in its definition: (15.)

 

    “The playing of sports professionally or semi-professionally.”

 

Venues which carry out “close proximity businesses or services” are required to operate under CVC rules. (16.) However, it is not a “close proximity business or service” as clause 5 of the Framework also states that “close contact business or service” excludes professional and semi-professional sports. (17.) For that reason, these activities do not require workers or participants to carry a CVC.

11.https://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2021/0094/latest/LMS487909.html
12. https://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2021/0386/latest/LMS573241.html

13. https://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2021/0386/latest/LMS573241.html

14. https://covid19.govt.nz/traffic-lights/life-at-red/gatherings-and-visits-at-red/public-and-private-gatherings-at-red

15. https://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2021/0386/latest/LMS573241.html

16. https://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2021/0094/latest/LMS487909.html

17. https://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2021/0386/latest/LMS573241.html

18. Sports NZ Flow Chart; see figure below

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