Restrictions in the United Kingdom

Find the latest government COVID-19 guidance for your area (last updated on 21 May 2021).

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


The Government have announced that in line with the published roadmap for cautiously easing lockdown restrictions in England, further easing of restrictions is to take place. We, therefore, advise RAD teachers and students to plan on the following basis:

  • From 17 May, a return to in-person examinations for all age groups. And a return to in-person dance classes for Adults (over 18s)

(A return to in-person dance classes for children and young people, under the age of 18, and video assessments (exams) took place on 12 April. One-to-one training for adults has also been allowed since that date.)

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 on the use of face coverings, indoor group sizes and parental attendance at out-of-school settings.

Government Guidelines

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

Northern Ireland

Classes can return to the studio from Monday 24 May (numbers to be informed by venue).

Full information on restrictions in NI.


The Scottish government has published a timetable for the easing of restrictions.

The Scottish Government has confirmed that mainland Scotland and some islands will move to Tier 2 restrictions from 17 May.
(Some islands will move to Level 1. Moray is likely to remain at Level 3).

This means that RAD schools in Level 1 & 2 areas will be able to welcome adult students from 17 May, with appropriate social distancing measures in place.
(Classes for students under the age of 18 have already been taking place since 26 April).

See the Scottish government Coronavirus section for full information.


On June 3, it was announced that Wales starts a phased move into Alert Level One from 7 June 2021.

In line with previous Government Guidance, from 3 May 2021dance classes for children and adults and filmed RAD examinations were permitted in Wales Covid-safe measures in place including social distancing. A return to in-person RAD examinations for all age groups took place from 17 May in line with the roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions in England.

See the Welsh Government website for full information.