Government Advice on Returning to the studio

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

Guidance for getting back to the studio

We are following Government updates closely and will pass on any relevant guidance as soon as we receive it. As of 31 July 2020, dance studios have been allowed to fully reopen in England however restrictions still apply in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. See below for more.


There has been a recent update to the DCMS Performing Arts guidance for people who work in performing arts, including arts organisations, venue operators and participants. Those working outside of theatre contexts should also refer to household guidance on numbers of individuals and households. If you are working with children and young people you must also refer to schools guidance, and recently updated guidance on out of schools settings

The restrictions around singing have also been relaxed in this latest update. As of 31 July dance studios have been allowed to fully reopen in England, but must follow guidance on grassroots sports, gym and leisure facilities. England is now at Stage 4, allowing indoor performances with socially distanced audiences to resume.


Performing Arts guidance for Scotland has now been published. It covers a broad range of activity which can restart as of Monday 24 August. Venues remain closed to the public in Scotland, but teachers should also consult separate guidance in relation to numbers of individuals and households.

Northern Ireland

Arts Council of Northern Ireland have published guidance on reopening venues in Northern Ireland.


Guidance for Wales is yet to be finalised but there is an expectation it will be published in the next couple of weeks.

Useful guides for members

We have created some guidance for completing a risk assessment, and an editable risk assessment template which you can download and use as you prepare to return to the studio.

Each situation and workplace will be unique and you will all have different risks to overcome. To help you consider these risks and prepare, we’ve created some support documents which provide an overview of some of the health and safety and operational issues you will have to consider.