Following Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement yesterday, Thursday 20th August 2020, that dance studios can re-open in Scotland from 31st of August, we wish to direct BATD teachers to our website where guidelines to prepare to return to class are posted. These are sample guidelines only, as Scottish Government has not so far issued any guidelines in relation to dance studios.

Extract from above link:
“Let me now turn to the reopening of gyms, swimming pools, and indoor sports courts. Three weeks ago, I indicated that they could reopen from 14 September, but I also said then that we would consider if that date could safely be brought forward – especially given the wider physical and mental health benefits of access to these facilities. Having done so, I am now able confirm that these facilities can reopen – subject to guidance being in place – from 31 August.

For indoor sports courts – which includes dance studios and gymnastics – it is worth stressing that for people aged 12 and over, the reopening on this date applies to non-contact activity only.

These are the only key changes to restrictions that we plan to make within this review period.”

If you are intending returning to class please be aware of government regulations and guidance from health officials and remember how responsible you will require to be in this regard. For those teachers who are unable to return to class if your venue is not yet open, we appreciate that you will be awaiting further notification from government about the venues/halls where you teach. Guidelines and regulations vary throughout the UK, so please check your local government website for information.

Elma Whyte BATD President and the BATD Trustees Committee.