Restrictions in the United Kingdom

Find the latest government COVID-19 guidance for your area (last updated on 2 March).

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

England 

What the Roadmap Means for Dance

Following the Prime Ministers announcement of the Government’s four-step roadmap for cautiously easing lockdown restrictions in England, we advise RAD teachers and students to plan on the following basis:

  • Step 1 – 8 March onwards: RAD Faculty of Education students will be provided with information directly from the Faculty of Education staff.
  • Step 2 – no earlier than 12 April:  a return to in-person dance classes for children and young people, under the age of 18. And video-assessments (exams) can begin again for under 18s only.
  • Step 3 – no earlier than 17 May: a return to in-person examinations for all age groups. And a return to in-person dance classes for Adults (over 18s)

Note: in-person indoor activities may only resume in Covid-safe premises – see the Out-of-school settings (OOSS) guidance and the Sports facilities guidance. The Out-of-school settings (OOSS) guidance has been updated to account for the more transmissible variant prevalent in the UK – the changes are outlined in the first paragraph of the guidance.

Date Classes Exams
From 8 March RAD Faculty of Education students will be provided with information directly from the Faculty of Education staff

 

12 April (the earliest) Return to in-person dance classes for children and young people, under the age of 18

 

Video-assessments can begin again for under 18s only

 

17 May (the earliest) Return to in-person dance classes for Adults (over 18s)

 

Return to in-person examinations for all age groups

 

We will of course keep abreast of further government announcements, seek further clarification as necessary and as more detail emerges we will provide updated information to ensure that you can plan effectively.  The road map outlines four steps for easing restrictions. Before proceeding to the next step, the Government will examine the data to assess the impact of previous steps.

This assessment will be based on four tests:

  • The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully.
  • Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated.
  • Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS.
  • Assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern.

Please read the latest government advice on how to be a Covid-safe place (Out-of-school settings guidance and the Sports facilities guidance) and revisit the resources available in the Members’ Area to ensure that your Covid-safe procedures are up to date.

Government Guidelines

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

Northern Ireland

The current restrictions have now been extended until 1 April 2021. They will be reviewed on 18 March 2021.

Information on tougher restrictions in NI.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): a guide to the restrictions – January 2021

Scotland

The Scottish government has announced plans for reopening the economy along with the phased reopening of schools. The government is hoping to lift stay-at-home restrictions on 5 April and the aim is to move fully back to a levels system of restrictions from 26 April. Areas that are able to move out of level 4 restrictions at the end of April, can expect to see a phased re-opening of the economy including non-essential retail and services like gyms.

The RAD hopes that dance classes will be allowed to resume at that point (end of April), however, we will update this information as soon as there is further clarification. It is expected that more detail will be set out in mid-March, including the order in which parts of the economy will reopen.

See the Scottish Government website for more information.

Wales

After review, on 19 February the Welsh Government’s extended the Alert Level 4 Lockdown in Wales for a further 3 weeks.

Wales is currently under Alert level 4. The guidelines state that:

  • Indoor fitness studios, gyms, spas or other indoor leisure centres or facilities must close.
  • Are activities and clubs for children allowed to run? No (unless they are provided online).
  • Mixing between households is not permitted during alert level 4 except in limited circumstances. No indoor or outdoor gatherings are allowed. This includes activities such as Scouts groups, parent and toddler groups and dance classes. This reflects that people including children should not be spending time with people they do not live with unless essential.
  • Clubs used as childcare, such as holiday or wrap-around childcare, can continue.
  • All schools, colleges and independent schools are to continue with online learning until the February half term. Schools and colleges will remain open for children of critical workers and vulnerable learners, as well as for learners who need to complete essential exams or assessments. Find out more.

Therefore, we understand that neither dance classes nor examinations are permitted in Wales for the duration of the Tier 4 lockdown.