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Covid Protocols, Best Practice Guidance and Information Documents

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Social Distancing - Mats

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12/04/2021

Please click here for the latest Covid Statement.

 


29/03/2021

To our ever patient members,

An updated statement for the 4 nations, current as of today, can be found on our website here:

We cannot give a definitive position on the way ahead for any of the governments, because all of the proposed stages in each country depend upon no adverse consequences of the implementation of the preceding stages.  I appreciate that this might be a bit frustrating I really do, but we can only work with what we have.  The position today is much more hopeful that it was a month ago and it is significant that the second phase of step one in England has gone ahead as planned, which bodes well for future expectations.  I will be happy to answer your questions at a Facebook live on Thursday 1st April at 11am (no joke) we already have some questions tabled for discussion and we expect it to be a busy session so please either email office@bwy.org.uk or post your questions on Facebook.  There will be a transcription of the session available afterwards if you cannot attend live.

In yoga,
Gillian Osborne
BWY Vice Chair


19/03/2021

On behalf of BWY NEC we apologise for not being able to give a full, updated statement at this time. We totally understand your frustrations, and know you want to get back to teaching, as do we, as soon as we are permitted by government regulations. We are currently waiting for advice from our lawyers and will give a statement on Facebook and our website as soon as we hear from them.

Apologies once again.

28/02/2021

Please click here for the latest Covid Statement from the BWY

23/02/2021

GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT:

Following the announcement today we will be looking at the roadmap and issuing guidance on the implications for yoga in due course. Please bear with us whilst we wait for Sport England and consider the position of all 4 nations.

In yoga,
Gillian Osborne
vice Chair
 
19/02/2021

Covid Vaccination Statement:

A response message to our members and followers:

This is clearly an emotive issue and we welcome debate but please be respectful of others’ views.

For the benefit of members and non members alike, the BWY is managed by trustees who are under a duty to carry out the mission of the BWY above all. This mission relates to the promotion of yoga and nothing else. Following government guidance regarding teaching practice is within that mission but advising on vaccination is not. The Covid protocols are also mandatory and must therefore be adhered to and communicated to the members accordingly, whereas the vaccination is not.

We are not a medical organisation and there is a world of difference between promoting yoga within healthcare to promoting healthcare per se. Providing information on anything other than yoga is not within our mission or field of expertise.

We encourage members and followers to contact their GP or seek guidance from WHO, the NHS and other reputable sources of information regarding the vaccine.

In yoga,

Gillian Osborne

BWY Vice Chair

(On behalf of the BWY National Executive Committee)

09/01/2021

Here is the latest Covid statement from the BWY.  Regulatory exemptions have been covered in brief but we await further confirmation so please contact us direct if you have any queries.  The regulatory exemptions document will be updated asap.

Click Here for statement

05/01/2021

I promised an update this afternoon and that was perhaps a little optimistic of me!  We are still waiting on concrete guidance and will post more information just as soon as we are able to.

I think you will all know by now that we continue to monitor all comms and look out for your interests.  We will keep you as fully informed as we possibly can.

In yoga,

Gillian Osborne
Vice Chair

05/01/2021

Covid update 5th January 2021

In view of the new government announcement we are taking advice from our legal firm and have already received a draft interpretation of the covid guidance document.  We will have a provisional statement later on today and a fuller statement tomorrow.

We will continue to offer our guidance and support.  Times are bleak indeed but they will not remain so and our personal practice will be what keeps us centred, balanced and sane.  Nonetheless, it would be naive to ignore the fact that the ongoing situation and isolation is increasingly affecting not just finances, but wellbeing.  Don’t forget that our Small Acts of Kindness initiative is ongoing.  If you can no longer afford to pay for yoga there are many BWY teachers offering free classes online.  The timetable is here: https://www.bwy.org.uk/www.bwy.org.ukacts-ofkindness/

In yoga and sending you light,

Gillian Osborne
Vice Chair

24/12/2020

There is now a revised statement from Sport England so we have accordingly revised our indoor guidance for tiers 2 and 3, no other changes have been made from our previous statement of 22nd December.

For the latest statement from the BWY regarding the lockdowns and Tiered restrictions, with a step by step guide for each nation please click here

22/12/2020

There is only an interim statement from Sport England, and so our guidance in England cannot be definitive and will be updated when the full Sport England statement is published. Whilst lockdown and tiered systems are in place it is crucial that all of the relevant regulations are observed so that you remain covered by your BWY insurance if you are a teacher, and if you are a student attending a BWY class, you know that your tutor is properly insured. The order of priority for adhering to covid regulations is:

1.Follow the Government Guidelines of the nation in which you are teaching/practicing

2.Follow the Sport Governing Body advice for the nation in which you are teaching/practicing

3.Adhere to BWY Best practice Guidelines in all nations which includes following track and trace and covid safety protocols

4.Adhere to any specific rules or provisions that are in place at the venue where you are teaching/practicing

For the latest statement from the BWY regarding the lockdowns and Tiered restrictions, with a step by step guide for each nation please click here

Gillian Osborne
BWY Vice Chair

20/12/2020

Following the government announcement yesterday we will review the new regulations and update our advice before BWY central office closes on 23rd for the holidays, reopening 4th Jan 2021. We will have new exemption guidance and updated BWY best practice documents for you and we will do our best to keep you informed and supported.

Over the holidays there will be minimal cover on digital media and comms but we will respond to all questions early Jan and if there is a drastic change to regulations before then, will give you an update.

Whilst I am not personally affected by tier 4 and lockdown I sense the magnitude of the disappointment and frustration of those millions who are. For the rest of us, many plans have been thwarted and along with them, hopes and expectations crushed. More than ever we must rely on our practice to hold us steady. These are turbulent times; but they will not last forever.

In yoga,

Gillian Osborne
BWY Vice Chair

30/11/2020

Interim Statement from BWY

Until we have a 100% clear position from Sport England, CIMSPA and the regulatory team at JMW solicitors LLP we cannot give a completely definite statement. However, we like to give you what we can as soon as we can, so here’s what we can say:

From December 2nd lockdown will end in 3 of the 4 devolved nations and will be replaced by a tiered system. Between 23rd and 27th December the tiered system will ease in order for people to form a "Christmas bubble” if they want to. The "Christmas bubble” arrangements will apply across all 4 nations. It is not yet clear how long the tiered system will continue after Christmas arrangements come to an end so we will deal only with the here and now.

Whilst the Northern Ireland lockdown or tiered system is in place it is crucial that all of the relevant regulations are observed so that you remain covered by your BWY insurance if you are a teacher, and if you are a student attending a BWY class, know that your tutor is properly insured. The order of priority for adhering to covid regulations is:

1. Follow the Government Guidelines of the nation in which you are teaching/practicing

2. Follow the Sport Governing Body advice for the nation in which you are teaching/practicing

3. Adhere to BWY Best practice Guidelines in all nations which includes following track and trace and covid safety protocols

4. Adhere to any specific rules or provisions that are in place at the venue where you are teaching/practicing

Here is a step by step guide for each nation:

England

1. The English Government is operating a system of 3 tiers. You can find out what tier you are living in here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-homehttps://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home and the tiered rules are here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know#all-tiers In brief:

 Tier 1: Outdoor yoga and indoor yoga can continue at venues. The rule of 6 applies to socialising before and after classes. Private sessions are not expressly permitted but appear to be implied. This would apply to clients/students visiting the teacher. There are restrictions on entering somebody’s home for work and to do so for yoga seems to be flouting the spirit of the regulations.

Tier 2: Outdoor yoga and indoor yoga classes can continue at venues. The rule of 6 applies to socialising before and after classes. Private sessions are not expressly permitted but appear to be implied. This would apply to clients/students visiting the teacher. There are restrictions on entering somebody’s home for work and to do so for yoga seems to be flouting the spirit of the regulations. 

Tier 3: Leisure facilities remain open but group yoga classes cannot go ahead. Organised outdoor yoga classes can continue. Private sessions are not expressly permitted but appear to be implied. This would apply to clients/students visiting the teacher. There are restrictions on entering somebody’s home for work and to do so for yoga seems to be flouting the spirit of the regulations.

2. Sport England recognises BWY as the National Governing Body for Yoga but has yet to release a statement, so we must stress there is no complete clarity. We expect clarification on one to one sessions in a client’s home across all tiers and one to one sessions in studios, venues and teacher’s homes. Where private tuition is delivered to people all in the same bubble that is permitted because it does not breach the social interaction rules.

3. Follow BWY Best Practice Guidelines

4. Follow specific rules relating to your venue

Wales

1. The Welsh Government Guidance permits sport and leisure facilities to be open. Yoga can take place in groups of up to 30 outdoors or 15 indoors. The Welsh Government advocates following the advice of National Governing Bodies in relation to sports.

2. Sport Wales recognises BWY as the National Governing Body for Yoga. This means that the teaching and practice of yoga in Wales is directed by BWY.

3. Follow BWY Best Practice Guidelines

4. Follow specific rules relating to your venue

Scotland

1. The Scottish Government has introduced 5 levels of protection numbered 0-4. BWY members resident in Scotland must first check which protection level applies to their local authority area here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/

2. Sport Scotland published a guidance document on 26th November 2020. In general terms outdoor sports and physical activity are permitted in all levels with some restrictions on contact sports in levels 3 and 4. Indoor sport and physical activity can take place in groups in levels 0-2, can take place individually at level 3 but are prohibited in level 4. The guidance document contains a useful table giving details of what is permitted within the 5 levels and that document can be found here: https://sportscotland.org.uk/media/6323/return-to-sport-and-physical-activity-guidance-261120-final.pdf . Sport Scotland recognises Yoga Scotland as the Governing Body for Yoga in Scotland and so their advice must be followed and you can check that here: https://www.yogascotland.org.uk/coronavirus-covid-19

3. BWY members and teachers who are resident in Scotland must then also follow BWY Best Practice Guidelines.

4. Follow specific rules relating to your venue.

Northern Ireland

1. The Northern Ireland Assembly introduced a new lockdown on 27th November 2020 which will end on 10th December 2020. In broad terms indoor and outdoor yoga and one to one sessions are not permitted, but exemptions do apply. You can check the regulations here: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-regulations-guidance-what-restrictions-mean-you#toc-10

2. Sport Northern Ireland has yet to publish a statement on the latest lockdown; it recognises The Yoga Fellowship of Northern Ireland (YFNI) as the Lead Body for yoga in Northern Ireland. The YFNI has not issued a covid statement but is an umbrella organisation and a member of BWY. Its website is here: https://yfni.co.uk

3. BWY members and teachers who are resident in Northern Ireland must follow BWY Best Practice Guidelines.

4. Follow specific rules relating to your venue.

There are some exemptions from the tiered restrictions and the Northern Ireland lockdown but where exemptions apply, you should still follow the BWY best practice guidelines and also adhere to any provisions at the venue where you are teaching/practicing. Exemptions are not intended to flout the spirit of regulations. Rather; they provide for continuance of vocational training and provision of yoga as a therapeutic modality and a benefit to those under 18 and those with disabilities. Exemptions are:

Vocational Training

Teaching face to face may continue where it relates to vocational training, so teacher training at certificate and diploma level is permitted. Foundation courses are permitted where these are being taught to students who are using that as the recognized first step towards teacher training. FCTs in this position should ask FC students to sign a disclaimer which will be circulated to all FCTs next week. You do not need to call the office or contact the Foundation Course Officer, this will be automatically sent to you.

Yoga in a Therapeutic Context

Face to face teaching will be permitted in certain situations where yoga is being delivered in a therapeutic healthcare context. This might be for physical or mental health. You do not need to be a yoga therapist to qualify for this exemption, providing you are a BWY qualified or accredited group teacher. We will issue a statement giving precise clarification on the circumstances when this exemption will apply just as soon as we have the information from the legal regulatory team at JMW law firm. It will be helpful if you refrain from calling or emailing because we cannot give this information until we have it and the telephone lines are increasingly busy.

Disability Sports

Disability sports may continue and for the purposes of this exemption yoga is classed as a sport.

Under 18s

Group classes for U18s may continue, for the purposes of this exemption yoga is classed as a sport or exercise class

Formal Support Groups

These may continue. In the context of yoga this might be a class that exists for therapeutic purposes to provide support for survivors or victims of abuse. Further clarity on this will be provided shortly.

Please do remember that even if they are permitted to, by virtue of tiered rules or valid exemptions, some yoga teachers may choose not to teach face to face at this time. Their right to choose what is in their own best welfare interests should be respected and the BWY will at all times support the teacher’s choice. Where a comparable situation applies in respect of a student who feels uncomfortable in continuing with vocational training notwithstanding exemptions, then BWY will at all times support the student’s choice.

We refer you to the BWY Best Practice Guidance Please and the mat spacing diagram for indoor and outdoor practice Please find the links for these at the top of this page.

I hope that this will be of some help in the short term, as soon as we are able to give a definitive position we will release an updated statement and we will give further clarification on the therapeutic healthcare exemption.

In yoga,

Gillian Osborne – Vice Chair

27/11/2020

27th November 2020

A statement following the latest Government Guidance and Tier system will be made in due course whilst we study exemptions and liaise with Sport England and Insurers.

We understand that you need information quickly and we are also aware other Yoga Institutions are issuing guidance however we must ensure we provide the most accurate information for you all to teach safely.

We ask you please be patient and courteous to our staff who are dealing with hundreds of enquiries at present.


Further Information to follow.

11/11/2020

Update 11th November - ENGLAND

The BWY Training Committee have had confirmation from the government Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee via the Home Office who confirm that BWY face to face yoga teacher training (TT) courses can continue following covid safety guidelines.

The Home Office has approved teacher training as a vocational qualification and it can continue but this should be at the tutor's discretion and students should accept that some tutors have family or students that are vulnerable and so won't choose face to face but will continue online.

They have clarified this is because ‘the training acts as a means to a professional end, (i.e. for someone wishing to become a professional yoga instructor) and falls under the exemption clause for "work, education and training".

More recreational Yoga is not permitted face to face.

9/11/2020

WALES Update.

Now Wales has come out of lockdown the guidelines will be up to 15 people indoors and up to 30 outdoors social distancing as long as it is Covid secure.

For more information please go to the government wales page:


6/11/2020

ENGLAND Update 6 November PM, following the latest Government guidelines we can now advise the following information (please read through all information carefully):

Indoor sport and leisure facilities, such as leisure centres and gyms, fitness and dance studios, must close.

1-1 teaching can take place in outdoor public spaces as long as social distancing measures are maintained.

Sessions must not take place in private gardens.

You must not teach multiple households in one session however multiple sessions in one day are acceptable.

Exemptions

Delivery of Yoga in an educational setting for example a primary school can continue.

Covid-19 safety teaching practises must be adhered to such as risk assessments, 2 metres social distancing, and the protective measures for schools advice which will be issued by the school.

Yoga therapy: where BWY and Accredited Groups yoga teachers also hold a recognised yoga therapy qualification.

Teacher training: at certificate and diploma level.

We will also be able to go ahead with foundation course but we must introduce additional best practices before this can go ahead. We cannot immediately sanction this with complete confidence that we are keeping you, as teachers, safe on all levels.

We ask for your patience, whilst we endorse foundation courses and determine GYY and yoga that falls within the provision of health services. Further information on this will be issued in due course.

Gillian Osborne

Vice Chair

1/11/2020

Please be advised our Facebook Live session scheduled for this Thursday 5 November will now be postponed until 12 November.

Regarding the new national restrictions no official announcements will be made until parliament have discussed all options and exceptions on Wednesday then at the end of the week we will make more information available regarding the latest government guidelines.

Love and light

16/10/2020

We are aware that Sport England have issued guidance and the link to that guidance is here: https://www. sportengland.orghttps://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/coronavirus but we are receiving numerous enquiries regarding how to interpret the guidance so we advise:

The following information relates to all Tiers 1 (medium), 2 (high) and 3 (very high).

HOWEVER if your area goes into Tier 3 localised lockdown other restrictions may apply and we advise you check with venues and your local LEA as to what this specific guidance for your area is.

Organised sporting or other fitness related activities are allowed (including personal training or coaching) to continue in groups of more than 6. This can be in any place, indoors or outdoors, other than a ‘private dwelling’ - a term which includes most outdoor space such as a garden.

In all cases, the organiser must conduct a risk assessment and take all reasonable steps to limit transmission of the coronavirus by reference to that risk assessment and all relevant COVID-19 Secure guidance.

When participating in organised sport, you must not mingle in groups of more than 6 before and after the activity. If an organiser is not able to ensure that no mingling takes place between sub-groups of no more than 6 (including when arriving at or leaving activity or in any breaks or socialising) then such events should not take place. Attendees must avoid social interaction with anyone outside the group they are with, even if they see other people they know, at all times during their visit.

Any sports coaches or trainers undertaking 1-1 sessions should ensure they conduct a thorough risk assessment before engaging in any sessions and follow Best Practice guidelines. This should include particular consideration for under 18s and vulnerable adults.

For all areas we suggest that you consult your local area restrictions, there are now multiple different procedures in place. We cannot check all of these for you. We advise that you screen shot current restrictions in your area and retain that information along with other information you would ordinarily retain for each class taught. You will then be covered for insurance purposes.

There is contradictory information relating to teaching sport and exercise in a private dwelling (which includes gardens of private dwellings). If you have checked your local guidance and this is still not clear you will need to contact us for individual advice. We are trialling this approach today because it may be that we will be inundated and cannot cope with the volume of communications coming in. Please bear with us.

Emails should go to vicechair@bwy.org.uk or bwytchair@bwy.org.uk.

Please ONLY contact us if you have checked your local restrictions and it is still not clear.

Gillian & Wendy

16/10/2020


Please click here and here for the latest information updated on the Sport England Website


 

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