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Covid-19

Government Advice for the United Kingdom

Here you will find helpful government guidance on safely returning to the studio.

COVID-19
Roadmap out of Lockdown

On Monday 5 April, the government announced next phase of restrictions that will be eased in England from 12 April, in line with the COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021. Find out what this means for you and your region.

England

From 12 April

Step Two easing of restrictions include:

  • public buildings such as libraries and community centres will be able to reopen
  • indoor leisure and sports facilities will be able to reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
  • all childcare and supervised activities will be allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
  • you should continue to minimise the amount that you travel where possible.

From 17 May

Step Three 
At least five weeks after Step Two, no earlier than 17 May:

  • Indoor entertainment and attractions
  • 30 person limit outdoors
  • Rule of 6 or two households indoors (subject to review)
  • Organised indoor adult sport
  • Some large events

 Read our advice for returning to the studio here.

From 21 June

Step Four
At least five weeks after Step Three, no earlier than 21 June:

  • No limits on social contacts, 
  • Larger events

It has been announced that everyone in England, including those without symptoms, will be able to take a free rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) test twice a week. Read more about this here.

What does this mean for you?

 Teaching children and young people (under the age of 18):

  • In person dance classes for children and young people under the age of 18 may resume from 12 April. 
  • You should aim to minimise mixing between children as far as possible, through keeping children in consistent groups or ‘bubbles’. Where this is not possible, providers should restrict the groups to no more than 15 children and at least one staff member; and where possible, with the same children each time they attend
  • If you have multiple groups: allow enough changeover time in between groups for cleaning, and to prevent children and parents or carers waiting in large groups. Multiple groups of 15 children (or more if the provision is outside) plus staff can use the same shared space if necessary, with distancing between the groups and adequate ventilation. Although, different groups sharing the same space should be avoided where possible
  • If you use a shared space that is also used by other groups or organisations, such as a community centre, discuss the infection protection and control measures with the owner of the space. The owners of these shared spaces must continue to meet all existing health and safety obligations to ensure that their premises are safe for providers to hire and to operate from
  • Providers should not host performances with an audience. The intention is that this will be permitted from Step 3 of the Roadmap (no earlier than 17 May). This is subject to review and further guidance will be provided in advance of Step 3.

Find out more about protective measures, and creating Covid Safe spaces and conducting risk assessments for out-of-school settings here.

Teaching adults

While indoor leisure and sports facilities will be able to reopen, social contact rules apply – so only individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble is allowed.

This means that dance classes will not be able to resume for adult groups until 17 May (at the earliest).  However, one-one teaching with an individual or single household may resume with Covid safe practices in place, from 12 April

Read our advice for returning safely to the studio here.

Find more information on the Government's Road Map here.

Find out what this means for your classes, dance education, and examinations here.

Scotland

With a tiering system in place from the end of April pending the government confirmation, dance classes and examinations are permitted from 26 April in Tier 3 and below. Please contact the local authority to confirm that opening your setting and activity is permitted.

Visit the Scottish government website here to find out the COVID restrictions in place.


Northern Ireland

Current regulations will be reviewed on 13 May 2021. Please read the guidance carefully. You can visit the government services website here.

Wales

Dance classes are permitted from 3 May. Please contact the local authority to confirm that opening your setting and activity are permitted. Read more about this here.

For further guidance and support please visit the main Coronavirus page here.

Channel Islands

Dance classes and examinations are permitted from 12 April with the required risk assessment and public health measures in place. Please contact the local authority to confirm that opening your setting and activity are permitted

Examinations