Latest update – London
The National Health Service in the UK has been administering the vaccine programme since December. The Secretary of State for Health in the UK said Britain should be starting to get back to normal from early spring, and all adults in the UK are expected to receive the vaccine by the end of July.
Following the UK government’s latest announcement on 20 February 2021 regarding schools, The English Studio London will reopen its doors for face-to-face teaching on Monday 22 March. Current online students will be contacted with full details of the reopening.
Most public indoor places in London are still closed, including non-essential shops, leisure and sports facilities. Many restaurants and cafes are still open for takeaway and delivery. The government has recently announced new plans for a step-by-step approach to ending lockdown measures with target dates for each step. By 21 June, the government plans to remove all restrictions on social contact and reopen any remaining closed sectors of the economy.
From 08 March – all UK schools are allowed to reopen
From 29 March – outdoor gatherings of up to 6 people allowed and outdoor sports facilities can reopen
From 12 April – major parts of the economy allowed to reopen. All shops, hairdressers, gyms and beer gardens can reopen
From 17 May – outdoors most social contact rules removed, hospitality and leisure businesses can reopen, hotels can reopen
From 21 June – all limits on social contact removed
Latest update – Dublin
As directed by the Irish Prime Minister, The English Studio Dublin closed on Thursday 12 March 2020. New restrictions recently announced by the Irish government further delayed the re-opening of the school in Dublin later in the year. Recent directives from the Irish government confirmed that language schools must remain closed for face-to-face lessons until further notice. English schools in Ireland are not expected to open for face-to-face lessons until late summer 2021. Visa restrictions apply to students arriving in Ireland – for details of visa arrangements please refer to the website http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/Pages/visas-updates.
We are supporting all students as much as possible through these challenging times, advising them to stay connected with us via our social platforms. Our student services team is working hard on inventive ways to facilitate further English language learning from home.
The London school will continue to monitor the latest guidance from the UK government and elsewhere on how to contain Covid 19. The safety of our students, employees, homestays and other partners is our top priority, so please be assured that we will remain vigilant and follow guidelines to ensure that everyone is safe.