The UK government has announced that Step 4, the final stage of the roadmap for England, will be implemented from 19th July 2021.
This means that:
- All remaining limits on social contact will be removed
- All settings will be able to open, and large events such as concerts and sporting events can resume without any limits on attendance
- Social distancing rules and legal requirements to wear a face covering will be lifted
At the same time the Government will be publishing five principles for managing Covid-19 as we learn to live with the virus.
At RSL Awards, we implemented safety guidance for delivering exams during the pandemic in June 2020, which has proved practical and sustainable. As we move into a post-lockdown environment, we will be retaining this guidance in the form of recommendations. We encourage and expect all candidates, teachers, examiners, and others attending examination venues to continue to adhere to these guidelines whenever practical and feasible, and also to respect the wishes of others regarding social contact and distancing.
We remain aware of the different approaches being taken across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and internationally. Where local requirements mean that certain rules need to be adhered to, we will of course run exams in a way which complies with those rules.
Some exams are conducted in third-party venues, and it is possible that certain exam sessions may have to be postponed. Candidates will be contacted if their exam is affected and alternative solutions will be made. Please check this page regularly as the situation may change.