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COVID-19

UK Music is in continuous discussions with Government about the impact of COVID-19 on the music industry.

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UK Music is in continuous discussions with Government about the impact of COVID-19 on the music industry. Please note the information on this page should not be considered legal advice.

Covid-19 Restrictions and Support

The implementation of public health measures to control the spread of COVID-19 is a devolved matter, therefore while the UK Government makes the rules for England, in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland their own Governments have the power to make and enforce their own rules. You can find pages with the full relevant guidance below:

England 

Northern Ireland 

Scotland 

Wales

It is important to remember that the closer you are to someone, the greater the risk of infection, wearing masks or face coverings will reduce the risk of transmission, meeting outside also reduces risk, as does good ventilation.

This guidance is continually changing therefore we would advise that you check the website of your relevant Government. All re-opening workplaces must have plans in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The UK Government guidance on this can be found here and the UK Government endorsed music industry guidance can be found here. This applies to England only.

 

England

In England, there are now no legal limits on the duration and numbers of social contacts, or capacity limits on events or venues there is no legal requirement to where a facesmask indoors, you may be required to on public transport.

You should also consider these guidelines on staying safe from COVID-19 here, and you should also be vaccinated if you are offered it here.

 

Working from Home

There is no legal requirement to work from home.

 

COVID Passes

Certain venues and events are not required but can check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption.

 

Wales

Wales is now at Alert Level 2. Nightclubs are closed and the rule of 6 will apply in hospitality and other settings, face masks are required other than when seated.

Face coverings are required in indoor public places, including public transport.

There are no limits on the numbers allowed at outdoor events, but indoor events are capped at 30.

Nightclubs are closed.

A general requirement of 2 m distancing will be put in place in hospitality and public facing settings.

COVID Certification in place for events (with Lateral Flow Test if you are not vaccinated).

Please check here for a full summary of restrictions in Wales.

 

Working from Home 

The guidance in Wales is to work from home where it is possible to do so. Where it is not possible mitigations must be put in place. You can find the performance guidelines here.

COVID Passes

COVID passes are now required in a range of settings in Wales. You can get either a digital or a physical copy proving your vaccination status or present proof of a negtive Covid-19 test from less than 48 hours prior to entry here.

 

Scotland

You are required to wear a mask in indoor public settings (including public transport), you may remove your mask when seated in a hospitality setting.

Please check here for a full summary of restrictions in Scotland.

Working from Home 

You should work where home where possible.

COVID Passes

COVID Certification in place for all events. This can be downloaded via the NHS Scotland App or you can ask for a physical copy. You cannot present a negative test result in lieu of the Pass. Find out more here.

 

Northern Ireland

Many COVID-19 regulations are still in force in Northern Ireland. You can find the full restrictions here.

  • Nightclubs are closed and indoor standing events are prohibited.
  • The rule of 6 applies in hospitality and must offer table service only, dancing in hospitality venues is not allowed outside of wedding or civil partnership celebrations.
  • It is recommended that no more than three households should meet together in a private home.
  • No more than 30 people can meet in a private home and stay overnight. Regulations remain in place that prevent gatherings/ parties of 30 people or more in domestic settings, this also covers the playing of amplified music at night in a house gathering of 30 people or more.
  • You must wear a face covering when you go to any indoor public space, unless exempt.
  • You must provide contact details and a name on visting hospitality venues.
  • Live music is permitted, but suitable mitigations should be in place and should be played at ambient volumes unless it is specifically a music event.
  • Audiences for indoor events must have allocated seating and guests must remain seated, social distancing of one metre is required for indoor venues and dancing is not permitted for audience members.

Working from Home 

You should continue to work from home where possible.

COVID Passes

COVID passes are recommended but not required for indoor seated venues, a COVID Pass can include:

  • Proof of being fully vaccinated
  • Proof of a negative lateral flow rapid test
  • Proof of natural immunity from a positive PCR test taken in the previous 30 to 180 days.

 

International Travel

The broad strokes of travel restrictions for international travellers arriving in England, Nothern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are similar and are set out below, however some specifics, including the service used to book the relevant Covid-19 tests do differ and we would advise you to carefully go through the below guidance prior to travel.

England

Northern Ireland

Scotland 

Wales 

These rules do not apply if you are travelling to the UK from the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, providing you have not been outside of those territories within 10 days of going to the UK.

The rules you need follow depends on your vaccination status. You count as vaccinated if your vaccine was administered by the UK vaccine programme or an overseas vaccination programme with an approved proof of vaccination for travel to the UK (check the list of countries with approved proof of vaccine here).

If vaccinated you must;

  • Take a COVID-19 Test (LFT or PCR) – to be taken before the end of day 2 after arrival.
  • Complete a passenger locator form – to be completed in the 48 hours before you arrive.

If vaccinated you will not need to take a test on arrival in the UK from 4 am on 11th February.

You will also follow the fully vaccinated rules if you are, under 18 and resident in the UK or a country which has approved proof of vaccination, or are takng part in an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial in the UK or US or you are resident in England and have a medical approved reason to not take a COVID-19 vaccination.

If you are unvaccinated you must take a COVID-19 test in the 2 days before you travel, isolate on arrival for 10 days, and book a PCR COVID-19 test for days 2 and 8. If these tests are positive then you will need to isolate for a further 10 days from the date of you test, from 11th February you will not have to isolate and will no longer have to take a day 8 test.

These rules apply if you are a UK resident looking to return to the UK, and you may need to COVID Pass to enter another country depending on their rules.

Other

For more information on the advice and all of the avenues of help for musicians, please find Help Musicians’ Coronavirus Advice for Musicians website here.