Irene’s Mask Policy

 

Vaccinated – No Masks Required

Unvaccinated – Masks Required


 

You Must Wear a Wristband

or Mask in the Building


 

Vaccine Record Cards Needed

to Receive a Free Wristband

Addressing COVID-19

 

No Vaccine. No Judgement.
But you gotta wear a mask!

No Masks Required Outdoors

Vaccines are Free

Masks are Required While
Giving and Receiving Massage

 


 

Fully vaccinated people are not required to wear masks on campus. Unvaccinated people must wear a mask in the building.

Masks must be worn by everyone while giving or receiving massage.

If you have a wristband, wear it to school! Irene’s gives a free wristband to anyone with a Vaccination Record Card. You must have proof of vaccination to receive a wristband. Any color Irene’s wristband is acceptable.

Those who are vaccinated, but prefer to continue wearing a mask are welcome to do so. Those who cannot or choose not to get vaccinated must continue to wear a mask.

We understand people have differing opinions regarding the Covid vaccine. We are also aware that some people are not able to be vaccinated due to health conditions. We are following safety precautions recommended by health experts to keep our community safe.

Vaccines are Free – While we encourage anyone eligible to receive a vaccine to do so, Irene’s is currently allowing individuals the freedom to make the choice for themself. Anyone who is still more comfortable in a mask, are encouraged to do so, even if they have been vaccinated.

These decisions are based on generally accepted procedures and scientific evidence. According to statistics, the vaccination process protects the vast majority of fully vaccinated people. To protect others, we do not want folks who may be contagious inside the school without a mask.

We appreciate your support and cooperation while we, along with the rest of the nation, work to find the best solutions in these trying times. We are doing what science is telling us is the best thing for all of you. Thank you!

     


    People considered Fully Vaccinated for COVID-19
    • 2+ weeks after second dose of Pfizer-or Moderna
    • 2+ weeks after single-dose of Johnson & Johnson
    People are considered Unvaccinated who have not completed a vaccine series or have not received a single-dose vaccine.

     


    Who Needs to Quarantine

    • People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19—excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months or who are fully vaccinated.
    • People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 3 months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms.
    • People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.
    • People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the disease and show no symptoms.

    What Counts as close contact?

    • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
    • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
    • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
    • You shared eating or drinking utensils
    • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

    Steps to Take

    Stay Home and Monitor Your Health

    • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
    • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
    • If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19

    Options to Reduce Quarantine

    Reducing the length of quarantine may make it easier for people to quarantine by reducing the time they cannot work. A shorter quarantine period also can lessen stress on the public health system, especially when new infections are rapidly rising.


    Your local public health authorities make the final decisions about how long quarantine should last, based on local conditions and needs. Follow the recommendations of your local public health department if you need to quarantine. Options they will consider include stopping quarantine

    • After day 10 without testing
    • After day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)

    After Stopping Quarantine, You Should

    • Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
    • If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider.
    • Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash your hands, avoid crowds, and take other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    CDC continues to endorse quarantine for 14 days and recognizes that any quarantine shorter than 14 days balances reduced burden against a small possibility of spreading the virus. CDC will continue to evaluate new information and update recommendations as needed. See Options to Reduce Quarantine for Contacts of Persons with SARS-CoV-2 Infection Using Symptom Monitoring and Diagnostic Testing for guidance on options to reduce quarantine.

    Confirmed and suspected cases of reinfection of the virus that causes COVID-19
    Cases of reinfection of COVID-19 have been reported but are rare. In general, reinfection means a person was infected (got sick) once, recovered, and then later became infected again. Based on what we know from similar viruses, some reinfections are expected.

     

     

     

     STAY HEALTHY

    As COVID-19 is at the top of the headlines, Irene’s is choosing to focus on emphasizing health maintenance and minimizing panic. Join us in taking pragmatic steps to keep you and your family safe. Below are reasonable steps you can take to help keep yourself healthy.

    • Boost your immune system! First and foremost, I urge all of you to do everything possible to stay healthy yourself. It is essential to prioritize your well-being and do all you can to boost your immune system. I urge you to utilize the lessons you have learned at Irene’s so you’re as healthy as possible in the unlikely event you encounter this virus. Research shows that sustaining healthy habits supports immunity and can help prepare our bodies to better fight and recover from illnesses.
    • Stick to a nutrient-dense, toxin-free diet, including known immune-supportive foods like garlic and ginger. Avoid foods that tend to weaken the immune system, such as sugar, refined grains, and all processed and refined foods, as much as you can. Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum.
    • Practice mindfulness. Research suggests that mindful meditation can have benefits for health including immune function.
    • Get adequate sleep, ideally seven to eight hours a night. This is your body’s time to perform preventive maintenance, which bolsters the immune system. Research shows that repeatedly short-changing sleep by even an hour or two can negatively affect immunity.
    • Get plenty of sunshine and supplemental Vitamin D and K2. High levels of vitamin D have long been linked to lower rates of illness. Consider taking additional vitamins, micronutrients, and supplements to support immunity, such as a high-quality multivitamin, magnesium, omega-3, vitamin C, elderberry, and digestive enzymes. Probiotics and powdered greens have also been shown to support immune and gut health.
    • Get at least 20 minutes of low- to moderate-intensity exercise a day to prime the immune system. This movement results in the production of more white blood cells, which combat bacteria and viruses, and promotes improved circulation.
    • Practice good hygiene! Following the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Michigan State Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), we recommend the following.
    • Practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from others.
    • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water to protect yourself and others from germs.
    • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Then throw the tissue away.
    • Avoid touching your face, because germs routinely spread when a person touches something contaminated with germs and then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.

    Please know we are grateful for your support during this ever-changing situation. We will all get through this together even at a distance. Stay safe and active. Keep smiling. This too shall pass.

    Yours in Light and Love,

    Kathy Skubik
    Executive Director
    Irene’s Myomassology Institute
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