Updated guidance for musicians in Scotland as Covid-19 restrictions ease

11 Aug 2021


All of Scotland is currently at level 0 of the five Covid-19 protection levels (0-4).

Musicians can find an overview of the updated protection levels and timetable on the Scottish Government’s website. Please refer to guidance for the performing arts and venues sector and events sector guidance for further information on focused live music/events entertainment. Discos, silent discos, karaoke and other activities that require general singing or dancing are not permitted at this time.

Informal social gatherings of up to 15 people from 15 households will be permitted outdoors without physical distancing. Gatherings of up to 10 people from four households will be permitted in all indoor public settings with one-metre physical distancing.

The First Minister has urged people to adhere to protective measures and sensible precautions to suppress coronavirus (Covid-19) but has confirmed that Scotland will move beyond Level 0 on 9 August. Beyond level 0, the legal requirement for physical distancing and limits on gatherings will be removed and all venues across Scotland will be able to re-open from 9 August.

Some protective measures will stay in place such as the use of face coverings indoors and the collection of contact details as part of Test and Protect. Capacity limits of 2000 people indoors and 5000 people outdoors will also remain in place although some exceptions may be possible on a case-by-case basis. These will be reviewed on a three-weekly basis to ensure they remain proportionate.

Musicians may also find the following sections useful on the Scottish Government’s website:

Performing Arts and Venues Sector Guidance

Tourism and Hospitality Sector Guidance


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