COVID-19 and The Sunday Jam
Sunday Jam resuming on September 19, 2021. In order to attend you must be fully vaccination and wear a mask.
We hope to continue thenceforth, but be sure to check – the uncertainty of these times is an undiminished, and we'll need to continue to evaluate the circumstances as we proceed.
September, 2021: The Sunday jam is suspended until further notice. We are waiting for the coronavirus situation to settle in a way that allows the jam to safely resume. Stay tuned, we will update the status as the situation develops.
August, 2021: The August 8, 2021 DC Sunday jam is cancelled due to emerging news concerning increased susceptibility to and transmission of the new virus variants among vaccinated people. Stay tuned, we will update the status as the situation develops. [The jam was suspended into September.]
The August 1, 2021 DC Sunday jam is cancelled due to emerging news concerning increased susceptibility to and transmission of the new virus variants among vaccinated people. Stay tuned, we will update the status as the situation develops.
The DC Sunday jam is scheduled to resume on July 11, from 2 to 5 PM, at Dance Institute of Washington. Until prevailing recommendations change we are requiring that all attending are fully vaccinated, and ask that you bring a mask for traveling through the building to get to our studio.
See the The Sunday Jam page for details.
Prior Status (click to show)
From March 12, 2020 until July 11, 2021 the Sunday jam was suspended, in response to this DC government Health Advisory and the general imperative for social distancing in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus.
March 10, 2020 - Continuing the Sunday jam until incidence of community transmission suggests that we refrain
March 7, 2020: [DC Department of Health Confirms First Coronavirus Case](- DC Department of Health Confirms First Coronavirus Case)
Starts with: "Risk for community spread in the District remains low"
March 9, 2020: DC Health Statement Regarding Christ Church
"On March 7, 2020, DC Health was notified of a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Christ Church, Georgetown Episcopal. Through DC Health’s investigation, in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all visitors to Christ Church, Georgetown Episcopal on February 24th, and between February 28th and March 3rd could have been exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19, and DC Health is recommending that anyone who visited Christ Church, Georgetown Episcopal on those dates isolate themselves at home for 14 days from the last time they visited the church. Isolating at home includes not going to work or school, and not attending any large or public gatherings, or using public transportation or ride-sharing. DC Health may also be reaching out to certain individuals who are more likely to have been exposed with further guidance."
Things are developing fast, and may be getting near the threshold where we have to consider cancelling the jam. We'll continue to monitor, and update as the situation requires. As a few people have pointed out, while there are risks in social contact (and contact improv), there are important benefits, as well - positive connection can have a positive effect on health, for instance. We want to continue holding our regular sessions as long as it's responsible to do so.
Of course, the emerging guidelines for taking care of yourself and others with the prospect of the coronavirus apply to us all. In particular, if you're feeling sick, please do not attend! I'm not going to go over stuff like washing your hands and not touching your face - there are many good places to find that kind of information, like https://coronavirus.dc.gov/page/how-protect-yourself-covid-19.