Update – Masking in the Ballroom

As you may know, Montgomery County recently relaxed its policy on mandatory masking. Since it’s difficult to manage a “socially distanced” waltz, Waltz Time has decided to continue the mask requirement for the safety of all our patrons. This applies to the March 6 and March 20 waltzes. Thereafter, we’ll re-evaluate the mask policy, basing our decisions on Covid case numbers, health directives, and any MoCo mandates. We thank you for your co-operation and understanding.

5 thoughts on “Update – Masking in the Ballroom

  1. Emily

    I am very grateful to keep the masking policy for now. It feels too early to suddenly drop the masking, indoors, so I appreciate your effort and decision.

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  2. Debra Kirsch

    Please consider making a rule that if two dancers ask each other and are in agreement that they are okay to unmask during a dance, that it is okay.

    The Spanish Ballroom is huge. And the waltzes are not packed.

    If we all walk in with masks , pay with masks, put our shoes on while masked but step out on a dance floor and ask someone to dance and converse with each other that we are both comfortable enough not to wear a mask, it should be allowed. There are many of us who would like to breathe in fresh air and not our own breathe. Thank you.

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  3. John Dix

    Excellent!
    Masks protects others from you, not, v.v. Waltz Time also ventilates with open windows, which is a practice that should continue, to keep dancers healthy, regardless, of local government mask policies.
    cf: U.S. Department of Education, re: Improving Ventilation in Schools, Colleges, and Universities to Prevent COVID-19
    https://www.ed.gov/improving-ventilation-schools-colleges-and-universities-prevent-covid-19
    _Strategies for Improving Ventilation_
    The below resources are based on current recommendations by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) outline ways that schools and IHEs can improve ventilation, including:
    1. Bringing in as much outdoor air as possible. Open windows wherever it is safe to do so, including in classrooms and on school buses and other transportation. Where safe, opening doors can also improve airflow.
    2. Using heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) settings to maximize ventilation.
    3. Ensuring exhaust fans in restrooms and kitchens are working properly and use them during occupancy and for 2 hours afterward to remove particles from the air. Keep all fans and filters clean to maximize airflow.
    My opinion: I hope Waltz Time keeps ventilating with open windows, regardless of outside air temperature, or, local government policies, because, ventilation is a prudent measure fro reduce infections, such as flu, et al.
    Ventilation is simple, cheap, and, effective. Just requires a readjustment to what is considered normal.
    Respectfully,
    John Dix

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  4. Paul Pallansch

    Thank you so much for keeping the mask restriction in place! To use the glass in the pool analogy, “If there’s still glass in the pool, don’t go swimming barefoot!” The masking protects all the other dancers, too, whether two or more may agree among themselves it’s worth the risk or not.

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  5. Joan Post author

    Thanks for your input. The Waltz Time committee reviewed several options before deciding to keep the mask requirement for all attendees at the March dances. We’ll take your comments into consideration when we review safety practices for April and beyond. Thank you for supporting the Sunday waltzes!

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