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Scotland: COVID-19 advice for musicians

This page is monitored regularly. 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, Northern Ireland and Wales.


January 2022

The Scottish Government recommends the following:

• get the vaccine or the vaccine booster
• take regular lateral flow tests - especially before mixing with other people
• wear a face covering where required
• limit your social contact - gather in groups of no more than 3 households
• with at least a metre distance between groups in all indoor and outdoor hospitality settings, including music venues and theatres
• wash your hands regularly and cover your nose and mouth if coughing or sneezing
• open windows when meeting indoors
• work from home if you can
• use the apps: COVID status, Protect Scotland and Check-in Scotland
• follow the guidance on self-isolating and booking a test

From 17 January 2022:
• avoid travelling to other parts of the UK to attend events, celebrations and other activities, if they are not permitted in Scotland
• stay home as much as possible to limit the number of contacts you have

Self-isolation rules:

Please refer to the NHS inform website for their guide.

Last updated: 13 January 2022

Private teaching

Providers continue to have a legal duty of care to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of those visiting or attending, especially with the emergence of the Omicron variant.

Please read below for further important information.

Last updated: 14 January 2022

Performances and rehearsals

Performances and rehearsals are permitted but please see below for further important detail.

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

Last updated: 14 January 2022

Schools and colleges

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

Last updated: 21 December 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 situations, musicians are not required to wear a face covering when performing.

Please see below for full details and other important information.

Last updated: 18 January 2022

Weddings and funerals

Last updated: 16 December 2021

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