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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 11 May 2021, Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister for Scotland confirmed that most of mainland Scotland will move to Level 2 from 17 May 2021.

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:

Most of mainland Scotland moved to Level 2 restrictions, with some islands under Level 1 restrictions. Glasgow City will move to Level 2 from 5 June 2021.

Under Level 2, the following will be allowed:

  • Concert halls, music venues and theatres will reopen with restrictions on capacity
  • Outdoor organised adult non-professional performing arts activities
  • More than one person will be able to sing during religious services
  • Up to six people from three households will be able to meet in each other’s homes or gardens without physical distancing but people will be encouraged to use their judgment about close physical contact with other


  • 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: 24 June 2021

  • Private teaching

    Private music tuition for adults (over the age of 18) and children is permitted in people’s homes with relevant mitigations in Levels 0-3.

    Children's music groups are permitted with certain provisions in place. Please see below for further detail.

    Last updated: 1 June 2021

    Performances and rehearsals

    From 17 May 2021, venues including theatres, concert halls, and music venues will be able to reopen where an area is under at least Level 2 restrictions.

    From 18 May 2021, hospitality venues can allow live background music but with certain restrictions.

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

    Last updated: 21 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: 25 May 2021

    Amateur choirs and groups

    From 20 May 2021, organised non-professional performing arts activity for adults will be permitted outdoors with certain restrictions.

    Please see the 'Private teaching' section for children's group activities.

    Last updated: 24 June 2021

    Music in worship

    From 17 May 2021, singing, chanting and/or the playing of any instrument in small groups is permitted in areas at levels 0-2.

    From 31 May 2021, congregational singing can resume at levels 0-1.

    Please read below for further important information.

    Last updated: 2 June 2021

    Weddings and funerals

    Last updated 24 June 2021

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