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England: COVID-19 advice for musicians

Please read our news story covering the Prime Minister's statement on 5 July. This page will be updated with further information for music professionals as soon as more information becomes available.

This page is regularly updated to cover the latest information coming from the UK Government that affects musicians working in England.

You can read our COVID-19 advice pages on Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales too.

Key dates for the music sector

On 14 September 2021, the Prime Minister announced details of the Government’s Covid-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan 2021. Two approaches are proposed – Plan A and Plan B for where data suggests that further measures are required to protect the NHS.

The official Government document outlines the details of each plan as follows:

Plan A:

a. Building our defences through pharmaceutical interventions: vaccines, antivirals and disease modifying therapeutics.
b. Identifying and isolating positive cases to limit transmission: Test, Trace and Isolate.
c. Supporting the NHS and social care: managing pressures and recovering services.
d. Advising people on how to protect themselves and others: clear guidance and communications.
e. Pursuing an international approach: helping to vaccinate the world and managing risks at the border.

Plan B includes:
a. Communicating clearly and urgently to the public that the level of risk has increased, and with it the need to behave more cautiously.
b. Introducing mandatory vaccine-only COVID-status certification in certain settings.
c. Legally mandating face coverings in certain settings.

We will continue to monitor legislation and guidance to keep members up-to-date on any developments which may affect their musical careers.

Please note the following too:

From 16 August 2021: Children under the age of 18 and fully vaccinated adults (two weeks or more after their second dose) will not be required to self-isolate if they have been a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case. Children will be advised to get a PCR test though.

Fully vaccinated adults will be required to self-isolate if they themselves test positive for Covid-19.

On Sunday 12 September 2021, Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Health, announced that the plan to introduce the compulsory use of Covid-19 passports for accessing nightclubs and other large events would be scrapped.

From 22 September 2021: An exemption from quarantine rules will be available for certain professional performers and cultural professionals. Further details can be found below under the section 'performances and rehearsals’.

Please see below for details on recommendations and further important information.

Last updated: 21 September 2021

Private teaching

From 19 July 2021, providers will continue to have a legal duty of care to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of those visiting or attending, despite the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. Please read below for further important information.

Last updated: 23 July 2021

Performances and rehearsals

From 19 July 2021, there will be no legal restrictions in place but please read below for further important information before resuming rehearsals and performances.

From 22 September 2021, there will be a quarantine exemption for performers undertaking a paid, professional commitment. Please ensure you read the information below for further details.

Further down the page there are separate sections about performing at weddings and amateur music.

Last updated: 21 September 2021

Schools and colleges

The Government has published guidance for Step 4. Please see below for further information.

Last updated: 23 July 2021

Amateur choirs and groups

From 19 July 2021, there will be no legal restrictions in place but please read below for further important information before resuming rehearsals and performances.

Our interpretation is that for areas where the Delta variant is spreading, rehearsals should take place outdoors only.

Please see 'Private teaching' for details about children's group activities and performances.

Last updated: 19 July 2021

Music in worship

From 19 July 2021, there will be no legal restrictions in place but please read below for further important information about attending a place of worship or a significant life event.

Last updated: 19 July 2021

Weddings, civil partnerships and funerals

Last updated: 19 July 2021

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