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CEROC COVID NEWS

UPDATED 11 May 2021

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  1. Ceroc venues are temporarily closed but we're very optimistic about dancing beginning to return this summer!
  2. See our ONLINE events and the new CEROC HUB for online content!
  3. See EVENTS and the filters for us beginning to add future in-person freestyles, weekenders and holidays!
  4. See CLASSES for details of local regular weekly classes organised by our local operators. They're temporarily closed but this part of the website is great to see where they normally are and if you want to contact the local Ceroc operator.
  5. 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 reopening:

What is COVID-19 and Coronavirus?

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.

TESTING: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/get-a-test-for-coronavirus-covid-19-if-you-do-not-have-symptoms

BOOK YOUR VACCINE: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/


UK COVID-19 Alert Level

Current UK COVID-19 Alert Level

  • The UK COVID-19 alert level was lowered from level 4 to level 3 on 10 May 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 open across the whole of the UK.

What causes the alert levels to be lowered or raised?

The Five UK COVID-19 Alert Levels

ALERT LEVEL

DESCRIPTION

ACTION

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 or rising exponentially. 

Social distancing continues.

ALERT LEVEL 5

As level 4 and there is a material risk of healthcare services being overwhelmed.

Extreme strict social distancing

 


England - roadmap and known dates

England - what we currently know

  • This section was last updated on 11 May 2021.
  • Our information comes from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reopening-businesses-and-venues-in-england and emails with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
  • STEP 2 - has begun on time (Monday 12 April 2021).
  • STEP 3 - some venues in ENGLAND will begin LESSONS.
  • STEP 4 - this is when we're hoping that Ceroc in England can re-open many venues and events with classes and freestyles like pre-2020 without restrictions!

5 weeks between each Step

  • Minimum 5 week gap between each Step including 1 week's notice whether we move to the next Step.
  • At the beginning of each Step there is a 2-3 week period of people and businesses behaving differently to before. Data on this is collected.
  • By the end of the 4th week that data has been analysed and the Government can announce whether at the end of the 5th week that we can move into the next Step.

England - STEP 2, started on Monday 12 April 2021

  • At least 5 weeks after Step 1a, so the earliest is Monday 12 April 2021. This started on time.
  • Not yet for indoor dance classes for adults.
  • Many indoor premises can open including gyms, dance studios and community centres.
  • However the Government is currently saying that "In all the venues above, indoor events that bring people together - even if they do not mix with other households - must not run until Step 3. This is only permitted if there is an explicit exemption"
  • Based on current information, this means we can't have any indoor dance classes for adults during Step 2.
  • See https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reopening-businesses-and-venues-in-england

England - STEP 3, starting Monday 17 May 2021

  • The Government has confirmed that this will start as hoped from Monday 17 May 2021.
  • "Adult indoor group sports and exercise classes" will be allowed.
  • There are still rules/restrictions for us to follow during this period so this means some of our venues can offer Ceroc's socially distanced Temporary Format of dance classes like we did in 2020.
  • Venues hosting these can be found via www.ceroc.com/workshops
  • On/about 14 June 2021 we expect the Government to have reviewed the consequences of Step 3 and say yes/no for Step 4 beginning the following week.

England - STEP 4, at least 5 weeks after step 3, so the earliest is Monday 21 June 2021

  • The Government's aim is "no legal limits on social contact", larger events and nightclubs can open.
  • We hope this means Ceroc can re-open many venues and events like pre-2020 without restrictions!

The exact dates for Ceroc reopening are going to vary across the country but will be published on this website once local organisers are able to confirm.


Scotland - dates and what we know

Scotland - what we currently know

The information here comes from www.gov.scot and was last updated 11 May 2021.

  • Our information comes from https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-timetable-for-easing-restrictions/
  • The timetable contains dates for Scotland moving down its Protection Levels:
    • Level 3 from 26 April 2021
    • Level 2 from 17 May 2021
    • Level 1 from 07 June 2021
    • Level 0 from late/end June 2021
  • 11 May 2021 it was announced there will be a "fundamental review of physical distancing will take place over the next three weeks"
  • Partner dancing is considered a "contact sport" and for adults this only begins to be permitted at Protection Level Zero.
  • There will still be restrictions in place that we need more information before we can offer any dates for re-opening.
  • We will update everyone as we begin to know more, but this is likely to be in May/June 2021 as more information is available about the availability of venues and the government provides more details of any remaining restrictions.

The exact dates for Ceroc reopening are going to vary across the country but will be published on this website once local organisers are able to confirm.


Wales & other nations - roadmaps and known dates

Overview - nations other than England and Scotland

  • This section will begin to have information for what we know about Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Isle of Man, France, Netherlands and Asia.

Wales - what we know

The information here comes from www.gov.wales and was last updated 09 April 2021.

  • Our information comes from https://gov.wales/coronavirus-control-plan-revised-alert-levels-wales-march-2021
  • All eligible adults to have been offered the vaccine by the end of July 2021 and the Government will review the situation 3 weeks after this.
  • Before then, Wales will be reviewing and making changes at least every 3 weeks.
  • The definitions of the restrictions for Wales alert levels 1 to 4 changed on 19 March 2021.
  • There is currently a phased lowering of restrictions from Wales level 4 to level 3.
  • Monday 03 May 2021 - reopening community centres, gyms, leisure and fitness facilities. They will be subject to Wales level 3 restrictions on distancing and gathering numbers.
  • Nightclubs are to stay closed at all levels. The Government will plan some pilots during alert level 1.
  • Dance lessons (with restrictions) might be possible at alert levels 3, 2 and 1 but we need to review the restrictions.
  • Wales alert level 2 - up to 30 people and 'rule of 4' mixing.
  • Wales alert level 1 - up to 50 people and 'rule of 6' mixing. Indoor 'Sports and exercise' activities permitted (e.g. dance lessons) but subject to guidance which we need to see.

Northern Ireland - what we know

The information here comes from nidirect.gov.uk and was last updated 14 April 2021.


Ireland - what we know

The information here comes from www.gov.ie and was last updated 14 April 2021.


Other nations

Ceroc Isle of Man is resuming classes from Monday 10 May 2021.

CEROC IN FRANCE

CEROC IN THE NETHERLANDS

CEROC ACROSS ASIA


The exact dates for Ceroc reopening are going to vary across the country but will be published on the www.ceroc.com website once local organisers are able to confirm.


Changes to Ceroc from Summer 2021

SUMMARY: We know there might be temporary or ongoing changes to how events are allowed to re-open and operate. We want everyone to be safe and feel comfortable. The specific details won't be known until the Government completes its pilots and consultations. We will share more information when we know.

What is Ceroc's overall approach to safety?

  • We want our dancers to be safe and feel comfortable.
  • The emergency public health legislation and guidelines from the first lockdown in March 2020 have changed many times. We've kept up with all of this to understand what it means each time they change and whether we need to change anything.
  • In July 2020 we devised a temporary format for dance lessons and collaborated with various local authority Environmental Health Officers around the country as well as the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport who is the lead Government department for our sector.
  • We will continue this collaboration and understanding of future changes to legislation and guidelines to decide on the best approach at each stage.
  • Being honest, this means it's not easy to predict exactly what the restrictions or policies need to be in the future because a lot can change in the next 3 to 6 months. But we can guarantee that we will continue to give this a lot of attention and do the right thing.

Basic precautions

  • Have the vaccine when offered.
  • Follow the rules or conditions of events that are in place at the time.
  • Self-assess for the common COVID symptoms and if in doubt, isolate and arrange a test.
  • Remember basic hygiene e.g. washing hands or using hand sanitiser.  

Covid Alert Level

  • Through the vaccination programme and widespread community/workplace testing there is a goal to come down to UK ALERT LEVEL TWO which means COVID-19 is present in the UK, but the number of cases and transmission is low. The expected actions from that are generally "No or minimal social distancing measures; enhanced testing, tracing, monitoring and screening".
  • This will be achieved through the vaccination programme and widespread community/workplace testing.

Government Reviews

COVID-Status Certification

  • The Government is considering certification for vaccinated people and certification for unvaccinated people who have been tested as a means of removing restrictions.
  • "COVID-status certification refers to the use of testing or vaccination data to confirm in different settings that individuals have a lower risk of getting sick with or transmitting COVID-19 to others. Such certification would be available both to vaccinated people and to unvaccinated people who have been tested."
  • The government is considering the ethical, equalities, privacy, legal and operational aspects, and what limits, if any, should be placed on organisations using certification.
  • The Government was consulting between 15 to 29 March 2021 - see https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/covid-status-certification-review-call-for-evidence

Vaccination and Testing policies

  • We encourage all dancers to have the vaccine when offered: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/
  • The Government's consultation and events pilots will guide us on our policies for later in the year.
  • Mass testing at events is an option but from a practical point of view it needs a lot of space and time to do this. This makes it unlikely to be realistic at most venues and events so those events would only take place if the general overall risk level is low.

Do not attend if you have symptoms or should be isolating

Do not attend if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Stay at home and book a test: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Do not attend if you have been told to isolate or have been in close contact with anyone else who has symptoms.


How to check your temperature

Why? 

  • A high temperature is a possible symptom of being infected.
  • Touching your forehead is not a very accurate way of checking your temperature.

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.

How to take your temperature


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 04 May 2021


Temporary Format: Socially Distanced Dance Lessons / Workshops

UPDATE 11  MAY  2021

This applies to England for the Step 3 period from Monday 17 May 2021 and until Step 4 begins or new guidance is provided.

The legislation and public health guidelines for ENGLAND restrict us from offering our normal format. Instead, we have a temporary format that does allow some of our local operators to provide dance lessons.

  1. We limit the numbers and require everyone to pre-book as fixed partners to confirm their place.
  2. You'll have your own 'dance slot zone' which we ask you stay within during the lesson.
  3. Your zone is at least 2 metres from the other zones.
  4. There will be opportunities to practice but the rules above still apply.

Click here to find & book our socially-distanced dance lessons/workshops


Temporary Format: Fixed Dance Partners

UPDATE 11  MAY  2021

This applies to England for the Step 3 period from Monday 17 May 2021 and until Step 4 begins or new guidance is provided.

Fixed Dance Partners

  • Partner dancing is a close contact activity and during the Step 3 period, dance lessons at Ceroc are temporarily for fixed dance partners and need to be booked in advance via www.ceroc.com/workshops
  • This means two people who know each other will book as a pair and will stay together throughout the dance lesson.
  • Dance partners can be two people from the same household/support bubble, or you can book with someone else that you know if you both consider the Government's latest guidance about meeting friends and family safely: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/meeting-friends-and-family-covid-19

Temporary Format: Arriving at our socially distanced lessons

UPDATE 11  MAY  2021

This applies to England for the Step 3 period from Monday 17 May 2021 and until Step 4 begins or new guidance is provided.

Temporary Format - unless otherwise told, please: 

  1. PARTNER CLASSES - You must have booked and provided your details for both of you in advance.
  2. SOLO CLASSES - You must have booked and provided your details in advance.
  3. Arrive between 5 and 10 minutes before the lesson start time. Don't be late but don't be too early. If a partner class then please aim to arrive together.
  4. Read and follow the information about FACE COVERINGS.
  5. Only bring into the venue what you need for the lesson.
  6. Make space for others to keep their distance.

Temporary Format: Face Coverings

UPDATE 11  MAY  2021

This applies to England for the Step 3 period from Monday 17 May 2021 and until Step 4 begins or new guidance is provided.

Face coverings

  • For many venues in England you may need to wear a face covering on arrival, leaving or when in other communal/shared areas away from where the lesson is taking place.
  • In the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, a face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth.
  • You are permitted to remove your face covering if it will affect your ability to participate in the lesson.

READ MORE: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

LEGISLATION: SI 2020/791: The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020


Temporary Format: Distancing

UPDATE 11  MAY  2021

This applies to England for the Step 3 period from Monday 17 May 2021 and until Step 4 begins or new guidance is provided.

The specific size/shape of your dance space/slot will vary by venue/lesson but the basic principle is to have at least a 2 metre clear gap between all dance spaces.

During the lesson please stay within your own dance space.

If the teacher asks you to "reset" then it means immediately stop, check your position and move back to the centre of your own space.


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