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Northern Ireland: COVID-19 advice for musicians

This page will not be monitored regularly over the Christmas period. Please take care to check the dates on the page and read the relevant links for the most up-to-date information.

You can see our other pages on COVID-19 advice for musicians in England, Scotland and Wales.


January 2022

The Northern Ireland Executive have introduced additional restrictions following an increase in cases. Requirements include:

• COVID-19 Certification Scheme – for entry to some premises including licensed hospitality premises and theatres
• Social distancing and other mitigations, including the use of face coverings, good ventilation and protective screens
• Limit social contact with other households, including a maximum cap of 30 meeting in a private home and staying overnight
• Recommendation to take a Rapid Lateral Flow test before attending indoor or outdoor events and gatherings. There is further detail in the sections below regarding non-domestic settings.
• Making safer choices

Self-isolation rules

Please refer to Northern Ireland Government guidance if you:
• have COVID-19 symptoms
• have tested positive for COVID-19
• have been in contact with somebody who has COVID-19

If you are a close contact, the rules may differ according to vaccination status or age. If you are required to self-isolate, you may be able to end the period of self-isolation early if you receive two consecutive negative LFT results on days 6 and 7, more than 24 hours apart.

Last updated: 13 January 2022

Private teaching

Face-to-face music lessons and private tutoring are permitted but please see below for further detail.

Last updated: 2 June 2021

Performances and rehearsals

Performances and rehearsals are permitted but are subject to certain restrictions.

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

Last updated: 16 December 2021

Schools and colleges

All indoor and outdoor extra-curricular activities are permitted to resume in schools, but with mitigating measures continuing as before.

Please see below for some important information about which restrictions will remain in place or vary.

Last updated: 13 October 2021

Amateur choirs and groups

Our understanding is that indoor rehearsals can resume indoors including in private homes, but within the current domestic setting regulations. Please read below for further important information.

Last updated: 17 November 2021

Music in worship

Places of worship are permitted to open in line with relevant guidance but numbers attending must be determined by a risk assessment. Please see below for further information.

Last updated: 17 November 2021

Weddings and funerals

Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and funerals are permitted both indoors and outdoors.

Numbers permitted are determined by the venue's risk assessment.

Details about singing at weddings can be found below.

Last updated: 13 October 2021

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