SAA Response - COVID-19 Announcement 22/09

Thursday 24th of September by Charlotte Pilkington
Keywords: COVID-19, COVID-19 Secure, Government Announcement

In summary Southern Arts Academy classes are not impacted by the announcement made by Boris Johnson on 22/09. We will continue running COVID-19 secure classes and the measures we have in place remain sufficient for the latest government guidelines.


"There are exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people. These include:

  • registered childcare, education or training
  • supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care, youth groups and activities, and children’s playgroup.
  • exercise classes, organised outdoor sport or licensed outdoor physical activity, and supervised sporting activity (indoors or outdoors) for under-18"

Direct quote from the website here on 24/09. With the guidance in mind, SAA classes for children continue to operate.



The following must now comply with the new 'rule of six':

  • Adult dance classes
  • Mixed dance groups comprising of Under 18's and Over 18's

Our COVID-19 Risk Assessment supplier has confirmed that this does not mean we can not run classes of more than 6 adults, but we must follow the new legal 'rule of six' which in itself has a number of exemptions when running a COVID-19 secure business. 

"From 24 September, organised indoor sport and indoor exercise classes can continue to take place with larger numbers present, provided groups of more than six do not mix." Direct quote from the website here on 24/09.

Therefore SAA will continue to run all our adult classes (Adult Ballet, Adult Dance Fit and both classes of Adult Tap) in the 'bubble model' as adults will not mix with any other bubble.

For classes where we have senior students mixed with U18's these classes will now also run in a 'bubble model', as they are no longer able to run in an individual 'socially distanced model'. The difference here is that more students will be required to self isolate should a positive case be reported.



From 24/09 Denmead Community Centre and Waterloville Community Centre are now legally responsible for displaying the NHS QR code posters so their customers can ‘check-in’ at different premises using this option as an alternative to providing their contact details once the app is rolled out nationally.

As it is optional for a visitor to use the Government QR poster and not all our students are old enough to register their attendance, SAA will continue to keep our own class registers for the purposes of the Track and Trace/Test and Protect/Test Trace Protect services.



It is now a legal requirement for SAA to enforce the mitigation and control measures outlined in our COVID-19 Secure Risk Assessment. Failure to do so and 'to relax' or 'let things slip' may be met with significant fines. So if your teachers seem strict... this is why!

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