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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.

Key dates for the music sector

On 14 May 2021, the First Minister for Wales, Mark Drakeford, confirmed that Wales will move to alert level 2 from Monday 17 May 2021. All future changes are subject to public health conditions remaining favourable.

In brief, some key dates which may affect musicians’ work include:

1 March: Wedding and civil ceremonies will be permitted in ‘approved premises’.

15 March: All primary school children and some other learners return to onsite learning, following the phased return which began on 22 February.

27 March: 'Stay-local' rules lifted and replaced by an all-Wales travel area. Outdoor children’s activities for under 18s will be allowed, but indoor activities should not take place. Self-contained holiday accommodation will reopen to members of the same household or support bubble.

12 April: Restrictions for travel into and out of Wales from the rest of the UK and Common Travel area will be lifted. All children and post-16 learners return to face-to-face learning. University students return to blended face-to-face and online learning. A small number of outdoor pilot events of between 200 and 1,000 people planned.

26 April: Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people can take place. Wedding receptions can take place outdoors for up to 30 people at regulated premises.

3 May: Extended household will again allow two households to meet and have contact indoors. Supervised children’s indoor activities can recommence. Organised indoor activities for adults can recommence for up to 15 people.

17 May: Up to 30 people can take part in organised indoor activities and up to 50 people in organised outdoor activities. This includes wedding receptions and wakes. Entertainment venues, including theatres and concert halls can re-open.

Last updated: 14 May 2021

Private teaching

Our understanding is that private face-to-face tuition is permitted indoors for both adults and children.

Organised children's activities indoors can resume which we understand includes group music classes for children.

Last updated: 4 May 2021

Performances and rehearsals

All arts and entertainment venues remain closed to the public but existing provisions remain in place for broadcasting performances without a live audience. From 17 May 2021, theatres and concert halls can re-open.

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

Last updated: 14 May 2021

Schools and colleges

From 22 February 2021 there will be a phased reopening of schools. Please see below for more detail.

Last updated: 1 April 2021

Amateur choirs and groups

It is our understanding that amateur and non-professional music can resume from 3 May with certain restrictions on numbers.

Last updated: 14 May 2021

Music in worship

Places of worship are open for members of the public for communal worship.

Last updated: 9 April 2021

Weddings and funerals

From 17 May 2021, up to 30 people indoors and 50 people outdoors can attend wedding receptions and wakes.

Last updated: 14 May 2021

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