As we are all now aware, the government launched stage 3 of its now infamous ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown. A quick summary of the position we are at is as follows. A lot of this information has been sourced from the Musicians Union which can be regarded as a trusted source on these matters.
England is currently at Step 3 of the Government’s Covid Roadmap
- All music education provision permitted.
- Drive-in cinema, theatre and other performance events permitted.
- Indoor live performance permitted with audience limitations (1,000 people or 50% of venue capacity, whichever is lower).
- Outdoor live performance permitted with audience limitations (4,000 people or 50% of venue capacity, whichever is lower).
- Large outdoor seated events permitted with audience limitations (10,000 people or 25% of venue capacity, whichever is lower).
- Capacity limits: Performers and venue staff are not included in the above limits. For events with mixed standing and seating capacity the capacity cap will be calculated as 25% of seated capacity, irrespective of any standing capacity. All audience members admitted under this provision should be seated and should not access the venue’s standing capacity to view the event.
- Pubs open for both indoor and outdoor service. In addition to the above organised / advertised ‘live performances’ pubs can continue to provide complementary incidental live music in adherence with the Government’s guidance for businesses on safe socialising.
- Life events (weddings, wedding receptions, funerals, wakes) A wider range now permitted to include Bar Mitzvahs and Christenings. Guest limit for all life events set at thirty. Musicians are not included in these guest limits.
- Busking is now permitted. Buskers should encourage audience members to maintain social distancing wherever possible.
- Amateur activity is now permitted with limitations which are under discussion with Government:
- Outdoors, people can take part in non-professional performing arts activities in a group of up to 30 people. Activities can take place with multiple permitted groups, provided the groups are kept separate throughout the activity, and the event is organised in line with the organised events guidance for local authorities.
- Indoors, people can take part in non-professional performing arts activities in a group of up to 6 people, or as a group of 2 households/bubbles. Activities can take place with multiple permitted groups, provided the groups are kept separate throughout the activity, and the event is organised in line with the organised events guidance for local authorities.
- Non-professional singing indoors should only take place in a single group of up to 6 people.
Where to find further information
Guidelines covering how music groups can get back to rehearsing and performing are being published in the different nations of the UK:
- The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) guidelines cover England.
- In Northern Ireland, it’s the Arts Council of Northern Ireland document: In the Bubble of Our Making: Reopening the Arts in Northern Ireland
- The Scottish Government published Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for the performing arts and venues sector
- The Welsh Assembly have published Rehearsing, performing and taking part in the performing arts: guidance for a phased return
The above information is, to the best of our knowledge accurate and up to date at the time of publication (20 May 2021). However, with the guidance constantly changing – particular for music and choral activities we do not advise you to rely solely on this information. For the latest information regarding singing and music during the Covid Pandemic please refer to the official government web pages or another trusted source.
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