Scotland: COVID-19 advice for musicians
You can see our other pages on COVID-19 advice for musicians in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.
All COVID-19 rules and restrictions have been lifted in Scotland, but Scotland's Government recommends the following:
• get your vaccine when offered to ensure you are fully protected
• stay at home if you’re unwell with symptoms or have a fever
• open windows when socialising indoors
• wear a face covering in indoor public places and on public transport
• wash your hands to protect yourself
Please refer to the following guidance produced by Scotland's Government as follows:
Coronavirus in Scotland
Coronavirus (COVID-19): staying safe and protecting others
Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer workplaces and public settings
Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on reducing the risks in schools
Self-isolation rules: Please refer to the NHS inform website for their guide.
From 1 May 2022 public health advice will change to a ‘stay at home’ message replacing self-isolation for people who have symptoms or have tested positive for Covid-19.
Please note that the ISM have produced a guide entitled living with COVID-19 which you may find useful too.
Last updated: 17 May 2022
Schools and colleges
The Scottish Government has replaced its previous guidance for reducing risks in schools with updated guidance to take effect from 1 May 2022 until the end of the 2021/2022 school session.
Last updated: 17 May 2022
There are no restrictions on indoor and outdoor music activity in schools, or on other professionals or visitors entering schools. Routine measures should continue to apply in relevant settings where these activities are taking place (e.g. good ventilation, enhanced hygiene, etc.)
All visitors will be expected to comply with the school’s routine measures and arrangements for managing and minimising risk.
Risk assessments: Schools should continue to review and update their risk assessments, which should be shared with and be easily accessible to all staff.
Routine protective measures: Schools should retain a number of routine protective measures to ensure that risks arising from coronavirus can be appropriately mitigated. Please refer to the guidance for more information.
Safety in the workplace: The general guidance for safety in the workplace should be adhered to. This includes consideration of both:
- physical distancing
- the use of face coverings by all staff and young people in secondary schools, and by all staff in primary schools, in indoor communal areas and when moving around the school building
Please refer to the updated guidance in full for important information regarding other measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19, including:
Testing - twice-weekly asymptomatic LFD testing no longer applies but local health protection teams may reintroduce testing under outbreak management plans.
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