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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

On 20 April 2021, Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister for Scotland confirmed that all parts of Scotland will move to Level 3 from Monday 26 April.

In brief, some key dates that may affect musicians' work include:

26 March: Communal worship can take place in a place of worship with up to a maximum of 50 people (pending social distancing constraints).

5 April: More university and college students return to face-to-face teaching.

12 - 19 April: All pupils return to school full-time.

16 April:Outdoor meetings in groups of up to six adults from up to six households will be allowed, with under-12s not counting towards this limit.

From 26 April 2021: The whole of Scotland will be under Level 3 restrictions, so the following will be allowed:
• Private tuition for children in people’s homes, with relevant mitigations

• Weddings/civil partnerships, funerals and receptions with a maximum of 50 attendees

• Drive-in events

• Tourist accommodation open with in-house socialising rules

• Travel within the UK for any purpose

From 17 May 2021 (if data permits): The whole of Scotland is expected to move to at least level 2, so the following will be allowed:
• Concert halls, music venues and theatres reopen with possible restrictions on capacity
• Outdoor organised adult non-professional performing arts activities

From early June 2021 (if data permits):The whole of Scotland is expected to move to level 1, so the following will be allowed:
• Indoor organised adult non-professional performing arts activities

• Weddings/civil partnerships, funerals and receptions with a maximum of 100 attendees

From late June 2021 (if data permits): The whole of Scotland is expected to move to level 0, so the following will be allowed:
• Weddings/civil partnerships, funerals and receptions with a maximum of 200 attendees

This is not an exhaustive list and other planned changes may open up opportunities for work for musicians too. 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: 30 April 2021

Private teaching

Face-to-face teaching for children is permitted where an area is under Level 3 restrictions, but under certain circumstances.

Last updated: 30 April 2021

Performances and rehearsals

Live events are not permitted but theatres and other performing arts venues may open for other limited purposes.

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

Last updated: 6 May 2021

Schools and colleges

A phased return to face-to-face teaching will be permitted for certain age groups and situations from 22 February 2021.

Last updated: 19 April 2021

Amateur choirs and groups

From 17 May 2021, non-professional performance arts can resume outdoors, if data allows.

Last updated: 6 May 2021

Music in worship

The Scottish Government has announced that places of worship can reopen from 26 March 2021 for communal worship and individual prayer.

Last updated: 14 April 2021

Weddings and funerals


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