Last Updated: 23rd August 2021

As the government has moved to Step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown, we are continuing to keep in place protocols to reduce the chance of Covid transmission. 

The main two actions we ask of you are:

1. Complete a pre-class self assessment so ensure you are negative for all of the following:
– a high temperature
– a new, continuous cough
– a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
If you, or anyone you live with, have one or more of these symptoms (even if they are mild), you should not attend any classes but instead follow NHS guidance on testing and self-isolation.

2. Ensure that you continue sanitising your hands before and after class (and during class where appropriate).

You should also not attend your class if you need to self-isolate, for example because you have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, or are required to isolate after travel.

    People who are double vaccinated or aged under 18 are no longer legally required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact by NHS Test and Trace of a positive COVID-19 case (as long as they receive their final dose at least 14 days prior to contact with the positive case). Instead those people are advised to book in to get a PCR test (one that is sent to a lab) as soon as possible. Assuming the test is negative the government advises people in this category to wear face coverings in enclosed spaces and limit contact with other people. 

    Below is how this rule change affects our classes:

    If you are identified as a close contact, in line with government guidelines on limiting contact, we would prefer you didn’t attend classes during what would have been the 10 day isolation period. We can offer you catch up sessions at another time. If you do decide to come to class we would appreciate it if you maintained your social distance at all times where possible (and engage in solo as opposed to contact training) during classes for the time that you would have been in isolation for (usually 10 days following contact with a positive COVID-19 case). We have options for non-contact training at all stages of the syllabus. If you have not been double vaccinated and are over 18 then you will need to isolate, as before, for ten days following contact with a positive COVID-19 case and not attend classes.

    – If you test positive following a PCR test you will still be legally required to self-isolate, irrespective of your vaccination status or age.

    – If you develop COVID-19 symptoms you should self-isolate and get a PCR test, and remain in isolation until the result comes back, irrespective of your vaccination status or age.