covid precautions and policies

What we are doing to keep you safe


  • Most importantly, everyone wears a mask. Everyone. Kids, adults, students, teachers, Santa Claus. We all wear masks. Period.

  • Aloft has updated our entire HVAC system to improve air circulation and filtration with MERV and HEPA filters.

  • All students must sign a new waiver before their first class, which includes COVID language.

  • We are running at a lower capacity to en

  • Mats are cleaned with anti-viral spray after every use.

  • Due to a lack of evidence of surface transmission, Aloft is allowing shared equipment. Students MAY still bring their own equipment, and sign up for class with a sharing partner. Students should sanitize their hands between turns.

  • Classes have 15 min of time in between for cleaning and safe entrance and exit.

  • Entry and exit patterns from the building will encourage social distancing.

  • Aloft is following industry best practice, city of Chicago reopening guidelines and monitoring the situation daily. In the event of exposure, the class will be notified and cancelled until all participants have gotten negative covid tests. At that time the class will resume.

  • Our studio manager, Zoe Sheppard, is an ACE (American Circus Educators) Safety Consultant and helped create the industry guidelines for reopening. You're in good hands, ya'll.



At all times:

  • Masks required at all times-we encourage the use of FFP2 masks.

  • Practice a minimum of 6ft of social distancing 



  • Make sure your mask is on - over both your nose & mouth

  • Students may not arrive (and be allowed to wait inside) more than 15min before class starts. If you arrive earlier than 15 min, you must wait outside.
    On the stairs are socially distanced waiting spaces. Enter and go to the furthest spot open up the stairs. The 8th spot is on the stairs up close to the loft.
    Late students must ring the bell.

  • Remove shoes in the lobby. Take shoes with you.

  • Go directly to Sanctuary

  • You must sanitize or wash hands for 20 sec before handling any Aloft equipment or rigging


During Class:

  • If you are overheated, you may step outside the north-east exit to get some fresh air. You may take your mask off if you are alone outside

  • Sanitize your hands before returning to class

  • You may lift your mask to drink water-please turn away from the class.

  • Do not attempt any skills unless you are instructed to do so


After Class

  • Use the anti-viral spray (pink-top bottles) to spray and wipe down your mat with paper towels. 

A note or two about training in masks (language stolen from Versatile Arts in Seattle):

  • Start slowly – it takes time to adjust to it!

  • If you feel light-headed or head-achy, STOP and rest.

  • Take frequent breaks.

  • Bring extra masks in case yours gets saturated

  • Test that your mask will stay on when inverted and that you can see around it in a variety of orientations.

  • Bonus points for having your mask match your outfit.