Hi folks, it's your friendly neighbour rigger here! Today is 25 March 2020, the second day since the UK lockdown was announced in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus, and I'm here to urge the many aerialists of the UK to please stop aerial training for the time being.
I have no intent to name and shame anyone in this post, but I've seen multiple photos over the last few days on Facebook and Instagram of people continuing to train aerial on freestanding rigs or home installations since the lockdown was announced, and have heard first-hand stories of aerial equipment suppliers offering discounts on or offering a cut to people who run aerial studios for the sale of kit explicitly for use to train at home. This needs to stop.
I know it's hard when so many of you have lost your income as self-employed or small business aerial performers and tutors, or have lost your regular training spaces. These measures are hard to live with, but are absolutely necessary as we all try to stop the spread of COVID-19, which threatens all of us but especially older people, disabled people and people with underlying health conditions. You may very well want to keep fit and ready to return to normal once the virus is under control, but there are lot of reasons why aerial training really isn't the way to achieve this whilst we remain under lockdown.