Pilates COVID risk assessment



Complete by: Gail

Date: 4th September 2020

I have assessed Pilates classes for risks outlined and put in additional processes as detailed below

Undertaken a risk assessment

Date risk assessment carried out 14th September 2020

Purpose: Pilates classes in the Old Chapel Centre, Alfriston

Heightened cleaning regimes

The hall floor and common areas will be cleaned before (with drying time allowed) and after use using soap (as required by the hall)

Equipment: Participants will provide their own mat, cushion and other equipment where possible. No sharing allowed.

Any equipment provided by GC will be washed with disinfectant prior to and after the classes.

Increased protection measures

Cashless payments are encouraged with booking online and BACS payments requested

Participants asked to avoid using the loos, to bring their own water bottles, to space mats in designated distanced placings

Only pre-booked, pre-screened participants allowed. No drop-in allowed to ensure all participants know of risks, limitations, screening.

Put in place distancing measures

Participants will be asked to maintain social distancing at all times including in the common areas

Mats are to be placed at marked distanced areas only

Staff training

No additional staff involved

Providing remote/ telehealth consultations

Zoom/Facebook live classes may be an alternative

(Document last updated: 14th September 2020)

Table 2a. Protection of staff and patients before they visit, and when in, the clinic.

We have assessed the following areas of risk in our practice and put in place the following precautions to

Description of risk

Mitigating action

When introduced

Pre-screening for risk before public/patients visit the clinic


All participants will be asked about their general health and COVID-19-related health when they register for the classes and weekly to re-assess their health.

Questions will include:

  1. COVID-screening to include questions – in the last 7 days have you experienced:

  • New, perisitent coughs;

  • Raised temperatures;

  • Changes in sense of smell or taste;

  • Feeling of unwellness?;

In the last 14 days have you had:

2. Contact with anyone who might have COVID-19;

3. Recent travel to at-risk areas and need quarantine;

4. Been in large crowds or gatherings where social-distancing was not observed;

5. Had a positive COVID-19 test

Questions may also be required if participants ( or those they are in contact with ) are considered at higher-risk/vulnerable.


Confirmed cases of COVID 19 amongst staff or patients?


Pre-screening should reduce infection risk but should a participant or I have any concerns about COVID-19 infection the class will be cancel and official guidance will be sought (from gov.org.uk/NHS/Track and Trace/Public Health England).

Should a participant advise me that they have symptoms of COVID-19 after a class

All participants will be advised and suggested they monitor for symptoms (those with indirect contact with suspected cases COVID 19 do not need to self-isolate).


Travel to and from the clinic


Participants walk or come in private cars to the classes. Any care sharers will be asked to use masks


Entering and exiting the building


I will conduct the class in clean clothing that has not been in the community before the classes;

Participants will be asked to arrived punctually for their class, not before, and to maintain social distancing in the common areas;

Adherence to the one-way system set by the hall is mandatory;

Hand sanitising (provided) upon entering the building is also mandatory


Reception and common areas


Participants will be asked to try to avoid congregating in the common area (vestibule)

Online and BACS payments will be requested, rather than cash/cheque

Booking will also be done remotely

Floor markers will indicate mat placements and personal belongings should be placed at the head end of mats


Social/physical distancing measures in place


Floor markers will be used and participants asked to stay on their mats.

This will now be a none contact class


Face to face consultations


If the physical classes need to stop then Zoom or FB classes may be available


Table 2b Hygiene measures

We have assessed the following areas of risk in our practice and put in place the following heightened hygiene measures

Description of risk

Mitigating action

When introduced

Increased sanitisation and cleaning

Floors and common areas will be cleaned by GC before and after sessions

Contact areas will be wiped before and after classes using disinfectant (Zoflora type)

Doors will be open where possible to avoid contacts

The loos and kitchen will, as standard, to out of bounds


Aeration of rooms


Rooms will be aired (though WHO no longer considers this as a requirement)


Staff hand hygiene measures


Hand washing and/or the use of sanitiser before classes will be requested


Respiratory and cough hygiene


Anyone coughing will be asked to use a tissue, or their elbow.


Table 3. Personal Protective Equipment: Detail here your policy for use and disposal of PPE

I will wear the following PPE

Visor to enable lip-reading but reduced droplet spread

When will PPE be replaced

The visor will be cleaned after every session

Patients will be asked to wear the following PPE

Face masks will be requested for those who can where them

PPE disposal

All clothing and equipment will be washed accordingly after use

Table 4. Communicating with patients: Detail here how you will advise patients of measures that we have taken to ensure their safety and the policies that have been put in place in our clinic

Publishing your updated policy

Participants will be made aware of new policies and procedures by email and then reiterated at classes.

Information on how you have adapted practice to mitigate risk

Participants will be made aware of this risk -assessment/infection policy via email.

Pre-appointment screening calls

Emails will be sent approx 24hours prior to classes to screen for COVID-symptoms or risks

Information for patients displayed in the clinic

One way signs and hand-sanitising requests are in place in the hall