Covid constraints

It’s wonderful that we are able to dance in person again!

St Paul’s church on Hills Road is a lovely space to dance in – note we’ve now moved from St Philip’s church.

Times are now 8:00 to 9:30pm, doors open 7:45, close at 8:00.

Unfortunately, we do of course have to work within Covid constraints, to comply with the law and to keep our wider community safe.

We can’t do Zoom and in-person at the same time, so for the moment we’ve switched to in-person, without online Zoom dances.

To manage numbers, all bookings are online, and we cannot welcome people on-the-door without online bookings. Please book before 7:30pm on the day of the event. For traceability, bookings are non-transferable. Cambsdance will retain booking details in accordance with GDPR.

Official guidelines say there must be an allowance of 100 square feet (9.3m², c.3m×3m) per person in any enclosed space, and everyone should ensure 2 metres distance. This limits the number of people we can invite to dance.

Some guidance suggests floor markings to enable people to maintain 2 metre distancing; for the reassurance of dancers, we will be marking spaces on the floor which we ask dancers to use to ensure their distances from others – movement between spaces is possible.

Masks are optional during the dance, but when arriving, in the entrance lobby, and leaving, we ask that masks should be worn (unless you are exempt) – see links & guidance below for further advice about masks – and we ask that people don’t sing or shout.

Hand sanitisers are available at several points throughout the church, but please also bring your own. Please use at least on arrival and leaving.

Of course, if you or anyone you live with have Covid symptoms (or a positive test result!), please don’t come and dance – in that case we will offer a refund.

To help us all feel more relaxed in class please take a (freely available) rapid Lateral Flow Test on the day of the dance.

Please arrive changed and ready to begin the class. Remember to bring your own water.

We trust that dancers will respect these boundaries; anyone who feels them too restrictive – or too relaxed – we look forward to seeing you again once we get back closer to a resumption of normal service.

References on mask wearing during exercise:

  • Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own: “There are also scenarios when you are permitted to remove a face covering … if you are undertaking exercise or an activity and it would negatively impact your ability to do so”
  • Working safely during coronavirus: “Face coverings for sport facilities: People are not required to wear face coverings while taking part in sport and physical activity. All forms of face coverings may restrict breathing efficiency and should not be used during exercise except on specific advice from a physician”