Restrictions in the United Kingdom

Find the latest government COVID-19 guidance for your area (last updated on 5 January 2022).

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

Dance schools are allowed to operate across the UK, however, slight differences in regulations exist across the nations. Please check the guidance below for the area you live in for more information.


  • Friday 10 December onwards face coverings are required by law in most indoor settings. However, they are not legally required in dance studios because it is not recommended that face coverings are worn when undertaking strenuous activity, including dancing. Customers, visitors or staff may still choose to wear face coverings if they wish to do so and businesses cannot prevent them from wearing one, it is an offence to do so. They may also wish to put on a face covering after the activity if they are in a crowded indoor facility.
  • Monday 13 December onwards office workers who can work from home should do so.
  • Wednesday 15 December onwards, certain businesses and some events are required by law to check the COVID status of workers and customers, using the NHS COVID Pass. This includes unseated indoor events with 500 or more attendees, unseated outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees and any event with 10,000 or more attendees. To enter or work in these venues and events, customers and workers must provide proof that they are fully vaccinated or have tested negative in the last 48 hours (unless they are exempt from these requirements).

We advise RAD teachers and students to continue to monitor the Out-of-school settings (OOSS) guidance and the Sports facilities guidance for the latest guidance.

Government Guidelines

For further clarifications and any questions regarding the above guidance, please contact your local authority.

Northern Ireland

Although many coronavirus restrictions have eased, regulations and guidance remain in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Full information on regulations in NI.


New restrictions are in place for businesses, effective from 30 December 2021.

See the Scottish government Coronavirus section for full information.


Wales moved to Alert Level 2 on 26 December 2021.

  • Limits apply to event attendance, indoors and outdoors.
  • A maximum of 6 people can meet in public premises
  • 2-metre social distancing required in offices and all public places
  • Nightclubs have closed.

See the Welsh Government website for full information.