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

DANCE ANNOUNCEMENT

Hey Mission City Crew! As part of our reopening plan (see links below), we are holding half-capacity, vaccine-required practice sessions on Wednesday nights! The attendee limit is 50 people, and we are asking that everyone sign up ahead of time (see sign-up form below).

Next Dance: Important details
Time: 7pm-10pm
Location: Polish Club
Date: July 28, 2021
Cost: $10/person, collected at the door

Proof of vaccination is required at the door! See FAQ doc for more info.

Sign-up Form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfZJAFHI-op1D-UQN_bM7sEgE4Lyo5lZsEmq8Vz0Fm6qtVVSA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Wait List and Cancellations Form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfNQH5dO4YJdhueXjrzv6GouehTDYIReIV8z-PskI_CVUU0Cw/viewform?usp=sf_link

**Please bring a water bottle to these practice sessions!** We will have some cups, but they will be limited.

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For more information, please read the MCS reopening announcement and the FAQ docs linked below.

MCS Reopening Announcement: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FZaSdfx8SKFzS7j8_6QyZGWHsxmRPrAt/view?usp=sharing

MCS Reopening FAQ: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hIWpCHZBONrXB3bgrD7_2hPHcCkRRhWL/view?usp=sharing

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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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WHAT’S WEST COAST SWING?

Check the video below (totally improvised!) or read a description.