CEROC COVID CARE & NEWS
UPDATED 17 DEC 2021
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Public health is managed separately by each of the governments of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and other nations with Ceroc i.e. Ireland, Isle of Man, France, Netherlands and Asia. This means the situation is likely to be different in each nation.
Please see the sections below for what we currently know about restrictions and our own individual responsibilities:
We will provide the knowledge you need . . .
. . . so you can make up your mind . . .
. . . but we are all different, so be kind to others' decisions.
Nothing make us more excited than a return to the dance floor after so long. We promise to ensure our venues are as safe and accessible as they can be for our loyal members. There is now an unavoidable element of risk when it comes to attending a dance night, much like attending a sports match, nightclub or restaurant. We will however be following Government guidance to help minimise this risk and keep the wellbeing of our membership at the forefront of all decisions. Some areas outside of England are still not permitted to reopen and we will be keeping a close eye and giving you further updates in this regard.
The choice is in your hands. The venue pages on www.ceroc.com/classes will each be updated with all relevant COVID information, plus you can find our recommendations for looking after yourself here at www.ceroc.com/covidcare. Please, have a read, make up your mind, and we may see you for a spin very soon!
Ultimately, everybody will feel differently. Some people will wish to return quickly, some may wish to wait a little longer. Some operators will be opening their venues immediately, some will wait until the time is right for the venue and their members. Some may choose to wear a mask. Some may choose to dance only with their friends and will be refusing offers from people they do not know. Whatever decisions are made, we ask that you remain kind to your crew and fellow dancers. COVID has created a wealth of emotions, and none of us know anyone else's story. Now is the time to be patient, be empathic and respect the choices of others.
Stay safe, keep positive, and we will see you on the dance floor very soon.
The Team at Ceroc
Do not attend if you are experiencing any of these coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms:
⇒ a high temperature - this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
⇒ a new, continuous cough - this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
⇒ a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Stay at home and book a test: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
Do not attend if you should be self-isolating
Infectious illnesses, including:
Do not attend if you have, or suspect you have anything like:
Being asked to leave
We reserve the right to deny entry or ask you to leave.
Information from the NHS website, licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0
Ceroc last checked 16 December 2021
Every time you go dancing:
- Use a free NHS rapid self-test LFT: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/regular-rapid-coronavirus-tests-if-you-do-not-have-symptoms/
- Do this on the day, but before you arrive.
- Report this to the NHS as per their instructions: https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result
- Show us the email or text message sent back to you.
When to test
- Test on the day before attending a dance event. Follow the instructions and report the result.
- You should also do daily rapid tests (1 a day for 7 days) if you've been in contact with someone with COVID-19 and are vaccinated but without symptoms. Check the NHS guidance if you are unsure.
Why you should get tested regularly
- About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others.
- Rapid tests help to check if someone has COVID-19. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.
- Research shows rapid tests are a reliable test for COVID-19. They give a quick result and do not need to be sent to a lab.
- Even if you're vaccinated, you could still catch the virus or pass it on. Doing rapid tests helps to protect yourself and others.
Information from the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/regular-rapid-coronavirus-tests-if-you-do-not-have-symptoms/
Information from the NHS website is licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0
NHS last reviewed 14 December 2021. Next NHS review 28 December 2021. Ceroc last checked 18 December 2021
- We encourage all dancers to have their vaccination(s) and boosters when offered: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/
Prepare now by doing any of these:
- England - get the letter posted to you from the NHS via https://www.covid-status-letter.service.nhs.uk
- England - get the letter posted to you by phoning 119.
- England - "Get your NHS COVID Pass" (choose 'Domestic') using the "NHS App" (not the same as the "NHS COVID-19" App) on your phone: https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-app
- England - "Get your NHS COVID Pass" (choose 'Domestic') using a computer or phone web browser: https://www.nhsapp.service.nhs.uk. Show this on screen or print a clear copy.
- ALL UK: Report the results of a lateral flow test using https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result. This can be shown as part of the NHS COVID Pass or showing all parts of the email/text message sent when reported.
- Scotland: https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/after-your-vaccine/get-a-record-of-your-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-status
- Wales: https://gov.wales/get-nhs-covid-pass-show-your-vaccination-status-travel
- Northern Ireland: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/services/coronavirus-covid-19-covid-certificate-ni-residents
- EU countries: https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-travel-eu/coronavirus-response/safe-covid-19-vaccines-europeans/eu-digital-covid-certificate_en
The small blue/white paper cards given after your first dose in England & Wales is NOT suitable
SEE BELOW IF YOU WANT TO UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT THIS
NHS COVID Pass - WHAT IS IT?
- An NHS COVID Pass inside the NHS App shows your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination details or test results. This is your COVID-19 status.
- The NHS App is NOT the same as the as the NHS COVID-19 "Test and Trace" app.
- We believe all dancers can be in a position to obtain this even if not fully vaccinated. Prepare now so it's ready.
- Requiring COVID Status evidence from ALL attendees is a proportionate means of achieving a legitimate aim of ensuring that everyone in attendance is at a lower-risk of transmitting COVID-19 to others.
- Ceroc is not storing your medical details. The NHS COVID Pass service has been developed in strict compliance with GDPR and privacy regulations. See their privacy notice. and information from the ICO that confirms a visual check is ok under GDPR.
- A lot of thought has been put into this including the official consultation that considered the ethical, equalities, privacy, legal and operational aspects for doing this.
Your NHS COVID Pass is available if any of these apply:
- 2 weeks after your 2nd dose (Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer), or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine (Janssen).
- Negative PCR test or rapid lateral flow test within the past 48 hours.
- Positive PCR test within the past 6 months. The pass becomes available after you've finished self-isolating and up to 180 days after taking the test.
- Clinical trial proof is also acceptable. See below
How to get your NHS COVID Pass
- The easiest method is online following the instructions from this link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-pass/
- You can request a paper version (vaccination status only) to be posted to you. This can be requested online or by calling 119.
Proof of clinical trial exemption
- People who have received a trial vaccine as part of a formally-approved COVID-19 vaccine trial in the UK will be able to prove their status through the NHS COVID Pass.
- Or with a letter from their clinical research site confirming their participation in the trial.
Read more: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/letter-from-the-deputy-chief-medical-officer-to-uk-vaccine-study-volunteers and https://www.nhsx.nhs.uk/covid-19-response/using-the-nhs-covid-pass/
- NHS COVID Pass privacy notice
- From the ICO that a visual check is not processing and is not prohibited by the UK GDPR
- The Government's COVID-Status Certification Review that considered the ethical, equalities, privacy, legal and operational aspects
- Information for organisations using the NHS COVID Pass
Not the vaccination appointment card
- The appointment record card is not a NHS COVID Pass and it does not confirm that someone has had the vaccination.
- The appointment record card was only intended as a personal reminder to attend your second appointment and until the NHS had a method of securely providing this information.
Why should I check my temperature?
- A high temperature is a possible symptom of being infected.
What is a high temperature?
- Normal body temperature is different for everyone and changes during the day.
- A high temperature is usually considered to be 38C or above. This is sometimes called a fever.
- Many things can cause a high temperature, but it's usually caused by your body fighting an infection.
Check if you have a high temperature
You may have a high temperature if:
- Your chest or back feel hotter than usual.
- You have other symptoms, such as shivering (chills), sweating or warm, red skin.
- A thermometer says your temperature is 38C or above.
- IMPORTANT: If you feel hot or shivery, you may have a high temperature even if a thermometer says your temperature is below 38C.
Do I need to take my temperature?
- You do not need to take your temperature using a thermometer, but you can if you have one.
- Make sure you use it correctly to help get an accurate result.
Using a digital thermometer
- The NHS says use a digital thermometer that goes under the tip of the tongue, in your armpit or if a digital ear thermometer then in the ear.
- Follow the NHS's instructions including about cleaning between use.
- The NHS says glass thermometers can be dangerous and forehead strips are not accurate.
- Read and follow these instructions from the NHS guide: https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/accidents-first-aid-and-treatments/how-do-i-take-someones-temperature/
If you do not have a thermometer
- You can often still tell if you have a high temperature even if you do not have a thermometer.
- Touch your chest and back. If they feel hotter than usual, you may have a high temperature. You may also have other symptoms such as feeling shivery (chills).
- Touching your forehead is not a very accurate way of checking your temperature.
- The use of temperature screening products is not recommended by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency because they measure skin temperature rather than core body temperature and this is not a reliable method of indicating a high temperature.
- This advice still stands as at 14 July 2021 when the new "Events and Attractions" working safely guidance was published.
Information from the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/fever-in-adults/
Information from the NHS website is licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0
NHS last reviewed 06 April 2020. Next NHS review 06 April 2023. Ceroc last checked 07 July 2021
- Wearing a face covering or mask whilst dancing is OPTIONAL.
- Please be kind to anyone's decision to do this.
- For some venues you may be required to wear a face covering on arrival, leaving or when in other communal/shared areas away from where the lesson/freestyle is taking place. Please prepare for this by bringing one with you.
- A face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. See: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).
Transmission is thought to occur mainly through respiratory droplets generated by coughing and sneezing, and through contact with contaminated surfaces.
Public health is managed separately by each of the governments of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and other nations with Ceroc i.e. Ireland, Isle of Man, France, Netherlands and Asia. This means the situation with restrictions and expectations is likely to be different in each nation.
BOOK YOUR VACCINE: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/
Current UK COVID-19 Alert Level
- The UK COVID-19 alert level was increased from level 3 to level 4 on 12 December 2021.
Why should we know this?
- The UK COVID-19 alert level informs the Government and ourselves what the overall public health risk level is due to COVID-19 and therefore what to expect if it is lowered or raised.
Which alert level are we hoping for?
- Level 1 would be nice but the expectation is level 2 is a realistic goal for the country to achieve and between the vaccination programme and testing it will hopefully allow social dancing events to fully open across the whole of the UK.
What causes the alert levels to be lowered or raised?
- This link explains how the Chief Medical Officers of our UK nations decide whether to raise or lower the level: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-covid-19-alert-level-methodology-an-overview
The Five UK COVID-19 Alert Levels
ALERT LEVEL 1
COVID-19 is not known to be present in the UK.
Routine international monitoring.
ALERT LEVEL 2
COVID-19 is present in UK, but the number of cases and transmission is low.
No or minimal social distancing measures; enhanced testing, tracing, monitoring and screening.
ALERT LEVEL 3
A COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation.
Gradual relaxing of restrictions and social distancing measures.
ALERT LEVEL 4
A COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation; transmission is high and direct COVID-19 pressure on healthcare services is widespread and substantial or rising.
Social distancing continues.
ALERT LEVEL 5
As level 4 and there is a material risk of healthcare services being directly overwhelmed by COVID-19.
Extreme strict social distancing