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England: COVID-19 advice for musicians

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

The UK Government has published a roadmap on easing lockdown restrictions in England, with indicative dates of what may happen when. Please note these dates are subject to reduced prevalence of the virus and other key indicators in the roadmap, and may be adjusted accordingly.

In brief, some key dates that may affect musicians' work include:

Step 1 - 8 March 2021
: Schools reopen for all pupils.

Step 1 - 29 March 2021: Amateur and non-professional rehearsals can recommence outdoors under certain conditions.

9 April 2021: Free rapid flow lateral tests available to everyone without Covid-19 symptoms in England.

Step 2 - From 12 April 2021: Weddings with up to 15 guests can take place in premises which are permitted to open.

Step 3 - no earlier than 17 May 2021: Theatres and concert halls to open. Performance and large events open, subject to conditions. Up to 30 people at weddings. Amateur and non-professional music can resume indoors subject to Government review.

Step 4 - no earlier than 21 June 2021: Legal limits on contact removed, nightclubs can open, no legal limits on attendance at weddings.

This is not exhaustive and other planned changes may also open up opportunities for work for musicians. See below for more details on information we have so far. We will be updating this page regularly as more guidance becomes available.

Last updated: 28 April 2021

Private teaching

From 12 April 2021, any child can access private face-to-face tuition. We can see nothing in the regulations which expressly prohibits adult face-to-face music teaching for all adult learners.

Last updated: 12 April 2021

Performances and rehearsals

The Government’s guidance on organised events states that from 12 April 2021 live music can proceed outdoors at certain events and venues, but only where it is incidental to proceedings, and is not in itself the main attraction. Ticketed live performances are not permitted at Step 2. Current restrictions for indoor events remain in force until 17 May 2021 at the earliest.

Note that information for weddings is further down the page in a separate section.

Last updated: 12 April 2021

Schools and colleges

All schools are to reopen for all students on 8 March. Face-to-face music provision is permitted under certain circumstances in schools from 8 March. This section includes advice on testing in schools.

Last updated: 11 March 2021

Amateur choirs and groups

Amateur and non-professional rehearsals can recommence outdoors under certain conditions from 29 March 2021.

From Step 3 of the Spring 2021 Roadmap, amateur and non-professional activity indoors can recommence, subject to Government review. We will update this page once we know more.

Last updated: 29 April 2021

Music in worship

From 28 March 2021, certain restrictions for singing during an act of worship will be relaxed.

Last updated: 27 March 2021

Weddings and funerals

Last updated: 20 April 2021

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