Can Christmas plays go ahead?

The majority of Covid restrictions have been removed in English schools. Rules have also been eased elsewhere in the UK, but some measures are being retained for the moment.

Staff and students without symptoms in England are no longer asked to test for Covid twice-weekly. Secondary school pupils also don’t need to wear masks. The legal requirement to self-isolate after a positive test is also being removed, although it is still recommended.

The information in the support article below was current at the time it was published. You may still find it useful for reference purposes.

Overview

Can Christmas plays go ahead is a question which many teachers and school leaders are currently asking. 

The Department for Education (DfE) explains nativities, plays, concerts and other festive events can go ahead but it is a matter for schools and early years to decide if they want to host them.

The DfE’s guidance has not changed and says schools, nurseries and other settings can continue to hold events where visitors such as parents are on-site.

If a play or concert is being held on-site, schools should take steps to improve fresh air flow in the areas where gatherings are taking place.

In Wales, the Welsh government has explained any events – such as concerts, fairs and visits – should be risk assessed, with consideration given to additional risks and control measures to be put in place.

Where appropriate, information on the relevant arrangements should be communicated to those attending or taking part in these events in advance.

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In addition, we have published the following article which provides a summary of the guidance for schools in England and Wales regarding the Omicron variant.

Can Christmas plays go ahead: what precautions can parents take?

The DfE explains you should take a rapid lateral flow test if you’re going to be coming into contact people you don’t normally meet. You can order tests online or visit a pharmacy. If your test is positive you should isolate immediately and get a PCR test.

It’s also a good idea to wear a face covering in crowded or enclosed areas.

Can Christmas plays go ahead: what if there are lots of cases in the school community?

If schools or early years settings have particularly high levels of COVID-19, local Directors of Public Health may suggest that they don’t hold gatherings, to reduce transmission.

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