UPDATED 20th September 2021
Following the UK Prime Minister’s announcement of the new Autumn and Winter Plan for England published on 14th September 2021, please see below information which we hope will be of assistance to members.
Full details of the plan can be found at:
Although most legal restrictions have been lifted in England and many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated.
The information for members in England 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, please see links below.
We request our international members comply with their Government’s regulations and guidance and only re-open when they are permitted to.
Caution is still required and we ask that everyone carefully considers their Government’s advice to minimise the risk of infection.
Please regularly check the website links and check with your local public health department for advice.
UK Government Announcements
Advising people on how to protect themselves and others
On 19 July, rules on social contact were replaced with advice to the public on the ways in which they could protect themselves and others. Since the risks from COVID-19 have not disappeared, the Government will continue to provide guidance on the behaviours and actions that reduce transmission and manage the risks. The guidance will be based on the latest scientific and epidemiological evidence.
Safer behaviours and actions that reduce the spread of COVID-19
It remains important for everyone, including those who are fully vaccinated, to follow behaviours and actions that reduce transmission and help to keep people safe. Following the recommended actions will also help limit the spread of seasonal illnesses, including flu.
The evidence suggests COVID-19 is spread in the following ways: airborne transmission, close contact via droplets, and via surfaces. Developing evidence indicates that airborne transmission is a very significant way that the virus circulates. The behaviours and actions recommended by the Government in guidance aim to mitigate all methods of transmission.
The risk of catching or passing on COVID-19 can be higher in certain places and when doing certain activities. In general, the risk of catching or passing on COVID-19 is higher in crowded spaces (where there are more people who might be infectious) and in enclosed indoor spaces (where there is limited fresh air). Some activities, such as singing, dancing, and exercising can also increase the risk of transmission of COVID-19 as people are doing activities which generate more particles as they breathe. The risk is greatest where these factors overlap. Although the Government does not want to legally restrict any of these activities, it can inform people of the risks and offer advice on how to mitigate them.
The best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 is to get fully vaccinated. People that are fully vaccinated should continue to follow behaviours and actions set out in the guidance on how to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
The behaviours encouraged to prevent the spread include:
- Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer. Meeting outdoors vastly reduces the risk of airborne transmission. However, it is not always possible, particularly through the winter. If you are indoors, being in a room with fresh air (and, for example, opening your windows regularly for 10 minutes or a small amount continuously) can still reduce the airborne risk from COVID-19 substantially compared to spaces with no fresh air. Some evidence suggests that under specific conditions high levels of ventilation could reduce airborne transmission risk by up to 70%.
- Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed settings where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
- Get tested, and self-isolate if required. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate and take a free PCR test as soon as possible. Anyone who tests positive must self-isolate. Anyone who is notified they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive should also take a free PCR test as soon as possible and self-isolate if required. The data on symptoms associated with COVID-19 is continuously being gathered and kept under review.
- Try to stay at home if you are feeling unwell.
- Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day.
- Download and use the NHS COVID-19 app to know if you’ve been exposed to the virus.
Safer Behaviours and Actions
In order, these are: get vaccinated; let fresh air in if you meet indoors, meeting outdoors is safer; wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed settings where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet; get tested, and self-isolate if required; try to stay at home if you are feeling unwell; wash your hands; and download and use the NHS COVID-19 app.
To support businesses through the autumn and winter period, the Government will continue to provide up-to-date Working Safely guidance on how employers can reduce the risks in their workplace. Businesses should consider this guidance in preparing their health and safety risk assessments, and put in place suitable mitigations.
In line with government guidance at step 4, an increasing number of workers have gradually returned, or are preparing to return, to offices and workplaces. As workers return to the workplace, employers should follow the Working Safely guidance.
By law, businesses must not ask or allow employees to come to work if they are required to self-isolate.
In addition, businesses are encouraged to:
- Ask employees to stay at home if they are feeling unwell.
- Ensure there is an adequate supply of fresh air to indoor spaces. Businesses should identify any poorly ventilated spaces, for example by using a CO2 monitor, and take steps to improve fresh air flow in these areas.
- Provide hand sanitiser to enable staff and customers to clean their hands more frequently, and clean surfaces which people touch regularly.
- Display an NHS QR code poster for customers to check in using the NHS COVID-19 app, so they are alerted if there’s an outbreak and can take action to protect others.
- Consider using the NHS COVID Pass.
Prime Minister’s Announcement 14th September 2021
Grassroots sports guidance:
Performing Arts guidance:
Out of school settings guidance:
Isle of Man
Additional advice and guidance can be found on:
The British Dance Council website at https://www.britishdancecouncil.info/news/
The Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre website https://cdmt.org.uk/latest-news/18894-covid-19-links-to-helpful-governmental-guidance
The Sports and Recreation Alliance website https://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/news/covid-19#
The One Dance UK website https://www.onedanceuk.org/covid-19-guidance/
Small Business Advice
The Government has published information on assistance for small and medium sized businesses and the self employed. Dance schools owners should review the information to see if they are able to apply for assistance.
Advice from the Federation of Small Businesses:
Advice from ACAS
Self-employment support scheme:
Information is regularly being updated and new guidance issued.
Each dance school is unique and the guidance and regulations need to be applied to each dance school individually.
Members outside the UK should refer to their own government websites for information on the coronavirus.
IDTA Examination Service
We strongly recommend that teachers make decisions about whether to enter candidates for examinations by talking to the candidates and their parents or guardians and ensure the candidates are ready and prepared for the examinations.
Additional guidance has been produced to help dance teachers, their pupils and their parents with questions regarding how examinations will be conducted and marked. The guidance has been produced by CDMT following discussion with the dance awarding bodies, we hope this will help you with any questions you may have. Please see Information for teachers parents and learners spring 2021
We do appreciate some members have very specific questions and we will try to answer these or direct you to the appropriate guidance.
In line with the UK Government Autumn/Winter Plan in England and with the lifting / changes to restrictions in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, the examination service will be available for members. If you have any questions regarding examination sessions please email email@example.com or phone IDTA Head Office. The Alternative Examination Procedure Guide for UK Members will be updated and will be available to download from the Members Area of the website or a copy can be emailed to you. We will continue to offer Live Stream and Video examination options as well as Face to Face examinations.
International exam sessions may continue if permitted by Government regulations in each country and will be conducted by live stream or video, or with an Examiner present if an Examiner is based in the country and can undertake the exams. If you wish to book an examination session please contact the Operation’s Manager at IDTA Head Office email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can send you the Alternative Examination Procedure Guide for International Members.
IDTA Head Office
The majority of IDTA Staff have now returned to the office. If you have a question please email to email@example.com, this is the main email address which is being monitored and your questions will be passed to a member of staff who can assist.
Payments can be made online to IDTA or IDTA Sales Ltd using the Make a Payment option from the main page of the website at https://members.idta.co.uk/payments/enter
IDTA Sales Ltd
Telephone calls can also be made between 9.00 am and 3.30 pm Monday to Friday.