A Note From Vince (Owner/ Founder):
Well folks, it seems as if we have come to a crucial turning point in Philly's reckoning with COVID-19. It is great that the city is experiencing good progress with getting numbers down. On June 11, the city announced significant lift on mask and capacity requirements. See here and here for more info. Although we are happy that the city is offering our community the opportunity to return to a mask free experience, we acknowledge that we have a diverse community representing different perspectives and needs surrounding health and wellbeing. Therefore, our response to the city's updates are in an effort to support and accommodate our clientele in a way that is inclusive, fair and mindful. The decisions below also reflect that we are a youth education facility and the new mandates present some incongruencies for an organization like ours that features youth and adult education. We will proceed with the following policy.
UMA Updated Mask Policy Effective Now
1. Masks are optional for vaccinated individuals. We ask that individuals that are interested in participating without masks provide an official documentation that proves full vaccination. Proof of vaccination only needs to happen once and can be done via showing a photo of the certificate on your phone. People that are not able to provide proof of vaccination are asked to wears masks while participating at UMA.
2. Unvaccinated individuals are asked to wear masks during classes inside at UMA.
This current formation of policy is temporary at UMA. Our current approach is designed to be a transition period. It is our goal to move towards full relaxation of mask mandates and other related COVID policies. So we hope that you will be patient in our effort to move collectively in this direction. Our hope is that we will reach yet another significant milestone between July and August.
We appreciate all of the support you've given during the COVID dilemma. So many of you have stuck by us through these challenges. And if you've been with us, we are confident that you share in our sense of growth and resilience. Many thanks.