UTD - COVID-19 UPDATE (updated December 2021)

 

UTD will offer guidance where possible during the global pandemic we currently find ourselves in, the main priority is everyone’s safety at this time and although we all wish for the dance world to be as it once was, we must remain patient and vigilant and follow the new Government guidelines and restrictions.

 

The information on the gov.uk website may vary for members in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and we ask that you please check the restrictions and regulations that apply to you.

 

UTD are aware that this guidance is subject to change following the Christmas period and we will offer further guidance when further announcements are made.

  

ENGLAND

Following the Prime Minister's announcement early December 2021, the Government has announced that England will move into Plan B in response to the risks of the Omnicrom variant, please see below information which we hope will be of assistance to members.

Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

This means:

  • From 10 December, face coverings will be required by law in most indoor settings.
  • From 13 December office workers who can work from home should do so.
  • From 15 December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption.

We would ask members to read through the guidance carefully and review and update their risk assessment policies and covid-19 policies in line with the advice on how to stay safe.

Please also see below the guidance for grassroots sport participants, providers and facility operators which gives advice on working safely in indoor settings such as sport centres etc …

Guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) measures for grassroots sport participants, providers and facility operators – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Additionally, the government has updated its guidance for out of school settings – which also provide guidance

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

If you have an examination session booked with an examiner in attendance at your dance school please ensure you have checked your risk assessment and covid-19 policies in light of the announcement and carefully review your risk assessment for the examiner. Please keep in contact with the examination co-ordinator in case your session needs to be cancelled or postponed. 

Everyone must comply with their Government’s regulations relating to the Covid-19 pandemic.

We must emphasise that all guidance and information is subject to change and all dance classes and examinations when and where possible MUST be covid-secure.

A Risk Assessment, including Covid-19 Measures where applicable, is now required for ALL Examination Applications.

We would ask our members in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to check the regulations which currently apply to them.

Northern Ireland

 

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-regulations-guidance-what-restrictions-mean-you

 

Scotland

Coronavirus in Scotland – gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

Wales

Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Topic | GOV.WALES

 

Please continue to check the Government website for the latest information https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

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