ISM seek clarification on self-isolation rules for music sector from Secretary of State, Oliver Dowden
Today (20 July 2021) the ISM have written to the Secretary of State for DCMS, Oliver Dowden to seek clarification on the rules around self-isolation instructions with a particular emphasis on how those rules should work for the many event venues that have reopened, or are welcoming back larger audiences.
The letter is in response to a Times Radio interview with Business Minister Paul Scully where he said “the app is there to allow you to make informed decisions... obviously it's up to individuals and employers”. There are further reports that another minister, Lord Grimstone wrote to employers emphasising that employees are not legally bound to isolate if they receive a notification from the NHS track and trace app.
This will cause much confusion for the music sector particularly musicians and those who work in venues.
It is important that this return happens safely, so that musicians can return to live performance in a sustainable way. Therefore, it is absolutely vital that there is a clear understanding of the rules and regulations in relation to COVID-19 restrictions.