31 May 2020 – Update on Branch activities due to current circumstances

Coronavirus Update – all events and classes cancelled until end November 2020
Dear London Branch Members and dancers everywhere,
How sad it is to write this update as a consequence of the current Coronavirus situation. The London Branch Committee have now inevitably decided to cancel all London Branch classes and events until the end of November 2020.
 Immediately after our successful 90th Anniversary Tea Dance took place in March, the Covid-19 axe fell and we firstly cancelled all our events for the next three months. Now, having waited as long as we could for any useful guidance from the government about the future, we have reluctantly decided to cancel all classes and dances until the end of November. Social distancing will surely persist until a Covid-19 vaccine is developed. Pundits vary in their views as to when this will be, if ever! But, once developed, there is the little problem of vaccinating 60 million people! This will take time.
Our Branch AGM has already been deferred from June to 19th September 2020. The AGM will still take place on this new date but in the form of a virtual “Zoom” meeting. Members please log on and support us. More details anon.
Our remaining 90th anniversary events are sadly now deferred until 2021. For details of the replacement 90th Anniversary Ball and the 90th Anniversary Garden Dance, please see the “90th Anniversary Celebrations” section of this web site. Ball tickets already purchased will be valid in 2021. Alternatively ticket holders can obtain a refund.
 We shall hope to resume dancing with our Christmas Dance on Saturday 19th December 2020, with a full programme of classes and dances following in 2021. Here is hoping!
But what shall we dancers do to while away the days ahead of us? See the “Scottish Dancing At Home” section of this website for details of our “virtual” Scottish dance activities to keep us all in touch during these dark days.  Meanwhile, The Reel , the web site and social media will keep you up to date with what is, or is not, happening.
The Branch and I wish you all a healthy and safe period ahead until we can meet and dance again.
Jim Cook,
Chair London Branch.

Coronavirus information

NHS advice on keeping yourself well:
 wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20
seconds
 always wash your hands when you get home or into work
 use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
 cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your
hands) when you cough or sneeze
 put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands
afterwards
 try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Government advice here   RSCDS Blog here