We are doing everything we can here a Sting to remain safe when delivering our courses in school settings, halls and theatres. Our risk assessment have been updated and adapted for each location and age group. All staff at Sting carry the risk assessment’s with them carrying out constant review to keep in-line with any government changes. All staff have taken courses in Covid-19 prevention and control, along with mental health and wellbeing courses for young people. In the UK, face coverings are currently not required for dance classes, so long as other Covid-safe measures are in place, particularly relating to distancing. Staff will only be wearing face coverings to move around a building or from each class. Parents or careers are unable to sit in on any classes at this point.

On Tuesday 22 September the Prime Minister announced tighter Covid-19 restrictions and new regulations for England, enforceable from Thursday 24 September.

The new regulations amongst others, extend the ‘rule of 6’ beyond social gatherings, however exemptions to this rule in England, still apply. Exemptions include work, education and training and children’s youth clubs and organised activities. Therefore our understanding is that dance classes for under 18s can continue as long as dance studios and classes are following other Covid-secure guidance. Find out what has changed.

The guidance also states that where non-professionals are engaging in performing arts activities i.e. Adult dance classes, that as long as Covid-secure measures are in place groups of more than 6 can come together, but they must ensure that there is no interaction (socialising) amongst different  groups of more than 6 people. It is also useful to refer to the meeting with others safely guidance.