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Wales: COVID-19 advice for musicians

This page is regularly updated to cover the latest information coming from the Welsh Assembly that affects musicians working in Wales. You can see our other pages on England, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Following the announcement from the Welsh Government on Thursday 5 August, we have updated our key dates section. More detailed information will follow once the Government has updated their guidance.

Key dates for the music sector

On 17 September 2021, the First Minister for Wales confirmed that from Monday 11 October people will be required to show the NHS COVID pass to prove they are either fully vaccinated or have a recent negative lateral flow test to attend nightclubs and certain other events.

Since 7 August 2021, Wales has been at alert level zero. Alert level zero means that all restrictions on meeting with others will be removed and all businesses will be able to open. Although restrictions will be eased, certain protections will remain in place including the following:

- 10 day self-isolation requirements for those with Covid-19 symptoms or a positive test result
- use of face coverings for adults and children over 12 in most indoor public places including on public transport, in shops and in healthcare settings, subject to exemptions
- the requirement for businesses, employers and organisations to carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment and take reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure to Covid-19

7 August: Fully vaccinated adults and children under the age of 18 will no longer have to self-isolate if they have been identified as a close contact of a positive COVID case. Please read further information about self-isolation rules and exemptions.

11 October: NHS COVID passes will be required for entry to nightclubs and certain other events.

Last updated: 17 September 2021

Private teaching

Our understanding is that private face-to-face tuition is permitted indoors for both adults and children, with appropriate Covid-19 mitigations in place, including an up-to-date risk assessment.


Last updated: 12 August 2021

Performances and rehearsals

From 11 October 2021, NHS COVID passes will be required for entry to nightclubs and certain other events.

From 7 August 2021, all businesses and premises will be permitted to open. Also, there will be no legal limits on the number of people who can meet, including in private homes, public places or at events.

Please read below for further important information before resuming rehearsals and performances.

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

Last updated: 17 September 2021

Schools and colleges

The Welsh Government has published guidance for the return to school in September 2021. Please see below for more detail.

Last updated: 23 July 2021

Amateur choirs and groups

From 11 October 2021, NHS COVID passes will be required for entry to nightclubs and certain other events.

From 7 August 2021, all businesses and premises will be permitted to open. Also, there will be no legal limits on the number of people who can meet, including in private homes, public places or at events.

Please read below for further important information before resuming rehearsals and performances.

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

Last updated: 17 September 2021

Music in worship

Singing, congregational singing and the playing of instruments are permitted in a place of worship.

However, please see below for important information about mitigations and the need for a risk assessment.

Last updated: 20 August 2021

Weddings and funerals

Wedding/civil partnership ceremonies, receptions, funerals and wakes can take place both indoors and outdoors.

Please see below for further important information, including the need for a risk assessment and other mitigations before proceeding.

Last updated: 13 August 2021

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