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England: COVID-19 advice for musicians

Please read our news story covering the Prime Minister's statement on 14 June. This page will be updated with further information for music professionals as soon as possible.

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 - From 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 but with limits on numbers and other restrictions.

For areas where the new Covid-19 variant is spreading, please refer to Government guidance.

From 21 June 2021: No legal limit on number of attendees at weddings but actual numbers will be determined by a venue's risk assessment.

Step 4 - proposed date of 17 July 2021: Legal limits on contact removed, nightclubs can open.

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: 21 June 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.

From 17 May 2021, children's activities, such as choirs and ensembles are allowed with mitigations in place. See below for details.

Last updated: 17 June 2021

Performances and rehearsals

From 17 May 2021, live performances both indoors and outdoors are permitted with certain restrictions.

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

Last updated: 3 June 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: 25 May 2021

Amateur choirs and groups

From 17 May 2021, amateur and non-professional activity indoors and outdoors is permitted but with limits on numbers and other restrictions.

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: 17 June 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: 21 June 2021

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