November Project has used free fitness to bring people of the 757 together since 2015 and all though it looked very different this year, we stayed committed to each other. Whether we were sweating it out in our living rooms or stationed at a plastic fork twelve feet apart atop Mt. Trashmore, we showed up for each other. No matter how we came together (virtually or in-person), your health & safety has always been my number one priority. As the new year approaches, I want to recommit to my role as leader of NPVB & my promise to always keep us moving forward, safely together!
As a grassroots organization, NP always focused on a fun, challenging, quirky, outdoor workout. Hugs were encouraged, sweat was exchanged, and high fives were given to strangers long after the workout ended. But all of that came to a screeching halt once Covid hit. Suddenly we were creating Zoom accounts & clearing a spot on the floor inside our homes. It went against everything we stood for at NP. Nonetheless we bound together and logged on. Once it was safe enough, we carefully crept back into our natural outdoor habitat. We donned masks upon our faces, split into small groups, and stood football fields apart. We didn’t care that there no longer was a bounce, partner workouts were extinct and group photos sucked. We were together & we would do everything in our power to stay that way.
Here were are, the last week of 2020, and things aren’t looking much better for the end of this pandemic. However, I know that together we can do our part to practice safe participation, following all state & NP Covid protocols. For our members that have been actively meeting in-person, those that we haven’t seen in months and the greater 757 community, here is an outline of NPVB’s safety measures.
-We always monitor & follow the state of Virginia regulations regarding in-person workouts (NP falls under Recreational Sports along with other Run Clubs currently at a max of 250 people, broken into groups of 12-25)
-EVERY person that attends a workout must have a signed online November Project waiver.
-Members should not attend a workout if they have ANY symptoms of Covid, are awaiting test results, are positive, or have recently come in contact with someone that is positive for Covid.
-All attendees are REQUIRED to wear a mask or buff from the time they leave their vehicle until the start of the workout, anytime they cannot maintain 10 feet distance, during post workout announcements, for any group photo, and on the return to their vehicle.
-Each workout is structured so that members are positioned 12 feet apart (unless from the same family), personal items remain at each person’s designated workout spot, any running is strategically planned to minimize crossover or grouping of members.
-There is NO physical contact among members during workouts & social distancing is followed.
-Safety volunteers are designed to help remind members of all safety guidelines & protocols.
-Workout locations are carefully chosen to ensure adequate space is available for safe social distancing at all times.
This list is not all inclusive and constantly evolving & changing as we all navigate this unprecedented time in our world. We welcome anyone that is curious about our safety protocols to join us at any of our workouts. You can also always reach out via our online feedback form (located in our bio links)! The commitment to being stewards of safety & spreading kindness not Covid, is shared by each and every member of this NPVB family.
So in conclusion, we all have to continue to #JustShowUp for each other & the community in 2021. No matter what the future holds, I know that together NPVB will always thrive & survive!
All my love, Jill
*Challenge Announcement this Wednesday: Stay tuned for a special January challenge (think trails).
*Final PR Day 12/30/20 6:15am