Restrictions in the United Kingdom

Find the latest government COVID-19 guidance for your area (last updated on 21 October).

For information about local lockdowns outside of the UK please contact your local office.

England 

From 14 October, a 3-tier system applies in England; all areas fall under Medium, High or Very High alert level.
See the full list of local COVID alert levels by area to find out which restrictions apply to you.

Important notice: After reviewing the Government advice on the COVID alert levels, we confirm that we categorise RAD Exams as educational and therefore able to proceed in all three tiers.

People should try to avoid travelling outside the very high alert level area they are in, or entering a very high alert level area, but there is an exemption to this for education services. Therefore our reading of the advice is that examiners, teachers and candidates can travel to exams (e.g. access education), but that they should feel happy to travel, they should implement all government/local social distancing and health advice and, particularly for Tier 3, should research specific local conditions/restrictions in case this means that their exam day cannot go ahead. If there are additional Tier 3 restrictions that you feel will affect your exam day, email your local office to discuss.

In all instances, candidates and teachers should feel comfortable that they are meeting government guidance and social distancing protocols. If you have any questions, please contact exams@rad.org.uk or your local office.

Medium alert level areas

For adults, organised indoor exercise classes are only permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing in a group of more than 6 (or with people they live with or share a support bubble with).

All supervised activities for under-18s, including indoor and outdoor sports and exercise groups, are exempt from the ‘rule of six’ (provided relevant COVID-secure guidance is followed and risk assessments carried out). Please read the relevant return of recreational team sport framework for more information. We advise you to review and tighten your Covid-19 measures.

Full information for Medium alert level areas

High alert level areas

The government has announced that Stoke-on-Trent, Coventry and Slough are to move into tier two restrictions from Saturday 24 October.

For adults, organised indoor exercise classes are only permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing in with people you do not live with or share a support bubble with.

All supervised activities for under-18s, including indoor and outdoor sports and exercise groups, are exempt from the ‘rule of 6’ (provided relevant COVID-secure guidance is followed and risk assessments carried out). Please read the relevant return of recreational team sport framework for more information. We advise you to review and tighten your Covid-19 measures.

Full information for High alert level areas

Very High alert level areas

Currently, only the Liverpool City Region and Lancashire are under a Very High alert level. From 23 October, Greater Manchester will move to the Very High alert level too.

For adults, organised indoor exercise classes are only permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing in with people you do not live with or share a support bubble with.

All supervised activities for under-18s, including indoor and outdoor sports and exercise groups, are exempt from the ‘rule of 6’ (provided relevant COVID-secure guidance is followed and risk assessments carried out). Please read the relevant return of recreational team sport framework for more information. We advise you to review and tighten your Covid-19 measures.

Full information for Very High alert level areas

Liverpool City Region restrictions.
Despite the mention of dance studios required to close in the Liverpool City Region,  dance classes for the U18s can continue, as long as the venues follow COVID-secure guidance.
More information can be found on the Liverpool City Council website.

Northern Ireland

Following an increase in cases, additional restrictions were introduced for people living in Northern Ireland from 16 October and for four weeks. Under the current restrictions, fitness, exercise and dance classes are not permitted.

Information on current restrictions in NI.

Scotland

Following an increase in cases across West Scotland and other areas local advice and measures have been put in place in the affected areas.

The Scottish government announced on Monday 31 August that dance could re-open and that people over the age of 12 could take part in non-contact activity, while young children could take part in all activity. If you are in an area affected by a local lockdown, your local government advice will supersede this.

If you live in an area that is not affected by additional local restrictions you should continue to follow the general staying safe guidance.

Wales

A short, sharp firebreak lockdown will be introduced across Wales from 6pm Friday 23 October until the start of Monday 9 November 2020.  This means that a series of restrictive measures will be in place, prohibiting households to mix, either indoors or outdoors. These measures also include the closure of leisure centres, gyms and swimming pools. Exercise is only permitted outdoors (with the exception of professional sports fixtures), either alone or with members of one’s household. Our understanding, therefore, is that dance classes will have to stop during the 2-week period.

Information about the coronavirus firebreak lockdown.

Contact your local authority for more information.