We are back to hosting (limited-capacity, vaccine-required) in-person events!

UPDATES

Announcement 2021-08-04: We are not holding a dance tonight

Today we learned of multiple Bay Area dance venues that have recently had a number of COVID cases, with even vaccinated dancers getting sick. This new information makes us feel that the Delta variant could be actively circulating within the local West Coast Swing community. Additionally, there is still much unknown about the severity and longevity of sickness from the COVID Delta variant for vaccinated people.

For these reasons, and out of an abundance of caution, we are shutting down until further notice. We will re-evaluate at the end of August to see if and when we can reopen.

We will reach out directly to all dancers who are on the sign-up list for tonight and let them know that the dance is canceled.

We apologize for the inconvenience. We will miss you tonight and hope to see you soon.


POLICY UPDATES 2021-07-20

As you may already know, COVID cases in San Francisco have been on the rise due to the Delta variant. San Francisco reported[0] 389 new cases on Monday (7/19), up from about 300 cases the previous Monday (7/12) and 130 cases the Monday before that (7/5). These cases are mostly concentrated in parts of the city with lower vaccination rates[1], but vaccinated people can still get sick[2].

The rise in new cases has caused concern for the MCS leadership team, and we are doing our best to follow local guidance and are regularly checking new data. After talking with our board and a medical professional familiar with partner dancing, because our events include vaccinated dancers only and large social gatherings of vaccinated individuals are still allowed in accordance with county guidelines[3], we believe that it is still sufficiently safe to hold our limited-attendance practice session this week.

Masks are currently recommended indoors for all people[4], regardless of their vaccination status, but we will require masks at the dance for extra safety as long as the mask recommendation is in place. We know that this is an inconvenience, but we believe this will help keep everyone safer. Please do what you can to make this comfortable for yourself: wear your most comfortable full-nose-and-mouth-covering mask, and if you know that you will sweat, bring multiple masks. We will have paper masks available at the door.

The MCS Leadership Team will be re-evaluating the state of the pandemic every week that the case numbers in SF are rising to assess whether it is safe to hold the dance based on local case counts and city and county guidelines. Any updates to our COVID policies will be posted no later than Tuesday before the practice session on the website, in the Facebook group, and on the Facebook event. In the event that we have to cancel a practice session or make a last-minute change, we will directly reach out to everyone on the sign-up list.

While we are doing everything we can to mitigate the risks, social dancing is a risky activity to engage in during the pandemic, and we all accept some degree of risk by showing up. Please make the best decision for yourself in accordance with your risk tolerance.

Thank you for your patience as we navigate these continually unpredictable times. We hope to see you dancing. ❤

References

[0] https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/us/san-francisco-california-covid-cases.html

[1] https://www.sfchronicle.com/health/article/Who-is-the-Covid-19-surge-impacting-in-San-16321854.php

[2] https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Why-Bay-Area-health-officials-want-us-to-wear-16320549.php

[3] https://www.sfdph.org/dph/alerts/coronavirus-faq.asp

[4] https://sf.gov/news/bay-area-counties-recommend-masking-indoors-everyone-precaution-against-increased-circulation

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