We are back to hosting (limited-capacity, vaccine-required) in-person events!
Details for the next dance: TBD
🙅 No MCS on 1/5 🙅
Hi friends! The COVID case count in SF is the highest it has ever been. As of 12/31, the 7-day average case count, as reported by the NY Times, is 944. That’s almost 3x as high as the highest average case count last winter (363), and almost 3x as high as the highest average case count in early August (382). In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID throughout our community, Mission City Swing will not hold a practice session this week.
We will announce our plans for next Wednesday (1/12) on or before Monday 1/10.
We’ll miss you all, and we will see you when we feel safe to host our dances again! In the meantime, we encourage you all to get your booster shots, wear masks, and wash your hands. Thank you for your patience.
For more information, please read the FAQ doc linked below.
POLICY UPDATES 2021-10-14
TL;DR We are increasing capacity to 70 people! (Still masked and vaxxed!)
Hey all! As you may already know, COVID cases in the Bay Area have been falling since early September. In San Francisco, the 7-day average average for daily case count is about 72 cases, a little more than half the same statistic a month ago, and the lowest it’s been since early July. As San Francisco County is beginning to ease their restrictions on small group gatherings, the Mission City Swing Leadership Team feels that it is appropriate to ease restrictions on our weekly practice sessions.
This week, Mission City Swing is increasing the Wednesday practice session capacity from 50 to 70 people. The dance will continue to be vaccinated only, masks required.
Thank you for your patience as we adjust to the ever-changing COVID landscape. We look forward to seeing you dancing!
❤️ The MCS Leadership Team
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 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, but vaccinated people can still get sick.
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, 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, 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. ❤
WHAT’S WEST COAST SWING?
Check the video below (totally improvised!) or read a description.