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NHS Test and Trace
  • It is now a legal requirement to collect customer data, to support NHS Test and Trace.
  • From Thursday 24 September, all gyms and leisure venues in England must display an NHS QR code, and collect customer data, to support NHS Test and Trace. QR codes can be easily created and printed from here.
  • If you deliver classes in a venue, please ensure that the venue is displaying a QR code. If it is not, you should provide one for your class.
  • For children’s classes, parents should scan the QR code.
  • If you deliver classes outdoors, you should create your own QR code to enable customers to check-in to each class.
  • Customers can check in to your venue or class by scanning the code using their phone camera. For any customers unable to do this, you should keep a separate log of attendees and keep this for 21 days.

For further information please see

These include: exercise classes, organised outdoor sport or licensed outdoor physical activity, and supervised sporting activity (indoors or outdoors) for under-18s

As part of the new rule of 6, you are still permitted to teach one to one, or in groups, in either your own home or the home of a client. 

The guidance on teaching face to face in the teacher’s home would be the same as a venue. i.e. the same as the guidance that is incorporated into our best practice for teaching indoors at the moment. You would treat the home as a venue. If you are teaching in the home of a client, you are not responsible for any of the safety measures because that is the client’s home, they are responsible for their own safety in their home environment. It would be you that would need to consider as a teacher whether you felt that you were at risk. If the client had been abroad for example and was supposed to be in 14 days quarantine, it certainly would not be recommended for your own safety. In a client’s home you are under no obligation to ask the client or the family to observe hygiene measures. 


Update for ENGLAND:

In light of yesterday's 9 September 2020 government updates we can happily confirm that we are able to continue to operate as we are. There are no changes to how Yoga indoor and outdoor sessions are running.

Yoga is not primarily a socialising activity and so we are in principle permitted to continue with our current best practice guidelines.

However venues are entitled to and may decide that they do not want to host Yoga classes so you will need to accept the decision of any venue hirer.

In the context of the new rules on gatherings in England, the Government has clarified that, from 14 September, people can continue to:
- use leisure facilities, including gyms and pools
- take part in organised indoor and outdoor physical activity, sports and exercise classes
- take part in organised outdoor sport and physical activity events
- take part in organised sports and activities that have been through Return to Play protocols

People should avoid travelling in groups, or gathering in social groups of more than six people within a facility.
Otherwise there are essentially no changes to the existing guidance in a professional context.

It is very unsettling the continual changes, as before we will keep updating you regularly.

A message for our teachers and members from the Vice Chair:

Obviously we are aware that there has now been a substantial control exercised on outdoor gatherings. This does not appear to affect our yoga teaching at the moment. However, guidance from the government will be released during the day and we will give you updates as and when we fully understand the impact.

I know that many of you will be teaching today and tomorrow and over the weekend. I absolutely do understand that you urgently need to know where you are and I want you to know that we will do our very best to get information to you ASAP. For today, tomorrow and over the weekend follow existing measures. We will stand behind you for insurance purposes and if things need to change from Monday we will advise accordingly.

In yoga,


Click Here for the Facebook Live Notes 27th August 2020
Social Distancing - Mats
Please click here for mat diagram for social distancing


Best Practice Guidelines

Please click here for Reopening Face to face information
Please click here for Risk Assessment


For Information on when to wear face coverings please see the link below. 

Please note section 3 which details when a face covering can be removed including

'if you are undertaking exercise or an activity and it would negatively impact your ability to do so'



As of today, 29th July 2020 we may now teach outside up to 30 students, respecting 2m social distancing, ensuring a full risk assessment and detailed lesson plan completed for each class. 
Carpeted rooms -
if you teach in a carpeted room please do ask us for advice


Yoga Therapists teaching 1-1 in Wales for more information please go to:

 Important information for Registrants practising in Wales

Dear Registrant

The Welsh Government have confirmed that close contact holistic services can reopen from today.

What does this mean for CNHC Registrants?
You can return to working 'hands-on' provided that you:

  • have full infection control measures in place
  • have confirmation that you are covered by your Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • comply with any local lockdown restrictions imposed in your area.

Guidance on returning to work

The Welsh Government's guidance for holistic services can be found here. It includes a restart risk assessment and a reopening checklist.

Note: This guidance diverges from UK Government guidance for close contact services in relation to high risk zones. It states that: "practitioners are currently strongly advised not to perform treatments that will bring them within the ‘highest risk zone’ of clients (defined as the area in front of the face where splashes and droplets from the nose and mouth, that may not be visible, can be present and pose a hazard from the client to the practitioner and vice versa)".

CNHC guidance on preparing to return to work can be found here.

Contact us
If you have any questions or queries, please don't hesitate to contact us at


Click here for the Facebook Live notes from 16th of July


We have had confirmation from our insurers that the insurance will cover you to follow the guidelines for your particular country if they differ from the guidance that it set in place for England. 

Guidelines for Scotland, Wales and Norther Ireland are below.


Click here for the Facebook Live notes from 25th of June
Click here for the Facebook Live notes from 7th of July
Good News for our Yoga Therapists teaching 1-1
You can find all the up to date information here:


Important information for Registrants

Dear Registrant

We are writing to update you on the latest news on returning to work.

The Government announced in a press conference yesterday that from Monday 13 July close-contact services can reopen in England  "subject to some restrictions on particularly high-risk services".

What does this mean for CNHC Registrants practising 'hands-on therapies' in England?

You may return to work on Monday 13 July subject to the exception below, and provided that you:

  • Do not treat high risk zones. This is defined in UK Government guidance as "the area in front of the face where splashes and droplets from the nose and mouth may be present, which can pose a hazard".
  • Have full infection control measures in place.
  • Have confirmation that you are covered by your Professional Indemnity Insurance.

The UK Government guidance for close contact services can be found here.

Exception: If your practice is based in an area subject to local lockdown restrictions you cannot return to work yet.

We are updating CNHC guidance on preparing to return to work in line with the Government's guidance and will send you further information, as well as providing an update for Registrants in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales shortly.

Contact us
If you have any questions or queries, please don't hesitate to contact us a


Links for teaching outdoors


The Institute of Yoga Sports science are now offering a 20 hour course on How to Teach yoga online. BWY members get 30% off when using the coupon code BWY2020. Click here for more info. 



***Please check your centre’s guidelines and risk assessment policy**
The Government guidelines are in the process of being updated, but in the interim:
* Gyms and health clubs still not allowed to open (probable date will be mid-July)
* 2 metre rule for social distancing reduced to 1 metre
* Community centres in England can open from 4th July
* Indoor classes are still not permitted

We would recommend:
Outdoor classes must maintain AT LEAST 1 metre social distancing and still only have 5 students (this has not yet been changed but awaiting guideline updates)
Maintaining 1 metre social distancing WHERE 2 metres is not possible
Ask students to bring any equipment that can't be cleaned by you e.g. blankets/bolsters
Verbal adjustments only
Once the statements are updated we will issue another statement
Please note our  insurance will cover your teaching providing you follow our guidelines.
Wendy Haring
BWYT Chair


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