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Scotland: COVID-19 advice for musicians

This page will continue to be updated to cover the latest information coming from the Scottish Government that affects musicians working in Scotland, as the nation moves out of the highest level of restrictions.

You can see also read our page on England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Key dates for the music sector

From 9 August 2021, Scotland will move beyond Level 0 restrictions as confirmed by the First Minister for Scotland on 3 August 2021. Although restrictions will ease, certain protections and guidance will remain in place including the following:

- face coverings will remain mandatory in indoor settings as
before, subject to exemptions.

- Test & Protect will continue to contact-trace positive
cases so hospitality venues will continue to collect contact details.

- self-isolate and take a PCR test if you have symptoms.

- guidance will continue to be issued to assist individuals and
businesses to reduce the risk of transmission, including guidance for staying safe and protecting others.


The First Minister mentioned the continued importance of maintaining:
- rigorous hygiene, including regular hand washing
- good ventilation
- a safe physical distance from other households and avoiding crowded places will be advised but no longer mandatory

In brief, some key points which may affect musicians’ work*:

From 9 August 2021:

Return of large scale events but for a limited period, permission must be sought where there are more than 5,000 people at an outdoor event and more than 2,000 people at an indoor event.

From 1 October 2021:

The Scottish Government has announced that Coronavirus vaccination certificateswill be required for entering some events and higher risk venues. We are seeking clarification about whether those working in such venues will be required to provide a certificate too.

* Before proceeding with any activity, please check the individual sections below for further important information, including details about relevant mitigations.

Last updated: 14 September 2021

Private teaching

From 9 August 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: 18 August 2021

Performances and rehearsals

From 9 August 2021, physical distancing and social gathering restrictions will no longer be legally required. Please see below for further important information, including about requirements for wearing face coverings.

Local authority exemption is required for outdoor events exceeding 5000 attendees and indoor events exceeding 2000 attendees.

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


Last updated: 25 August 2021

Schools and colleges

Music activities and lessons can proceed in schools but please see below for further important information before proceeding.


Last updated: 12 August 2021

Amateur choirs and groups

From 9 August 2021, physical distancing and social gathering restrictions will no longer be legally required. Please see below for further important information, including about requirements for wearing face coverings.

Local authority exemption is required for outdoor events exceeding 5000 attendees and indoor events exceeding 2000 attendees.

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


Last updated: 25 August 2021

Music in worship

Face coverings are a legal requirement for anybody over the age of 12 in places of worship, subject to exemptions. However, in certain circumstances, musicians are not required to wear a face covering when performing.

Please see below for full details and other important information.

Last updated: 25 August 2021

Weddings and funerals

Last updated: 25 August 2021

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