COVID-19 and its Impact on the UK Music Industry

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

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UK Music is in continuous discussions with Government Ministers and officials about the impact of COVID-19 on the music industry. This webpage is not legal advice.

Lockdown Updates

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:


Northern Ireland 



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.

Travellers to the UK (other than from the Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands) should self-isolate for 14 days on arrival, however each UK Government has its own list of countries that are excepted from this.

England Lockdown Update

England has now reached Step 4 of the unlocking road map, there are now no legal limits on the duration and numbers of social contacts, however you are advised to wear masks in crowded indoor places and should increase your number of contacts slowly.

You should also consider these guide lines on staying safe from COVID-19 here.

There is distinct guidance for areas where the Delta variant is prevalent. You can find the areas here.

In these areas you should:

  • Meet outside rather than inside.
  • Maintain social distance from people who are not in your in your household or support bubble.
  • Avoid travelling in and out of affected areas unless it is essential.

You should also be vaccinated if you are offered it here.

Wales Lockdown Update

Wales is now at Level 1 COVID Alert.

  • You should not meet more than 5 people from 5 other households in private dwellings and holiday accommodation.
  • You may form an extended household with up 2 other households that you may meet in private dwellings. These must remain the same.
  • You may meet up to 5 people from 5 households in regulated indoor spaces (e.g. pubs, cafes, restaurants).
  • You may meet any number of people outdoors
  • You should work from home where you can.
  • You should maintain social distancing from people that you do not live with (or are not in your extended household). You may meet others in indoor hospitality and event spaces.
  • Organised indoor events for up to 1,000 seated or 200 standing can take place, subject to a risk assessment. You can find the performance guidelines here.
  • You may attend outdoor “regulated gatherings” are allowed up to 4,000 standing and 10,000 seated following full risk assessment and taking all reasonable measures.

While many shops and services (including hospitality and entertainment venues) have reopened the below must remain closed:

  • Nightclubs and adult entertainment venues

Limits on wedding ceremonies and funerals will be set by the venue in accordance with COVID Secure guidance.

From Saturday 7 August (if conditions allow)
Complete the move to alert level 0:

  • End of legal restrictions on the number of people who can meet indoors,
  • All businesses and premises can open, including nightclubs

But some restrictions will remain, people should still work from home wherever possible and face coverings will remain a legal requirement indoors, with the exception of hospitality premises. This will be kept under review.

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

Scottish Lockdown Update

Scotland is now at COVID Level 0.

  • You can meet up to 8 people from 4 households in your home or theirs – and can stay overnight.
  • You can meet up to 10 people from 4 households in an indoor public place like a café, pub or restaurant.
  • You can meet up to 15 people from 15 households outdoors.
  • Up to 200 people can attend weddings and funerals.

Places and business that can open at Level 0 include:

  • Hospitality
  • Retail
  • Close contact services including hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons
  • Sports and leisure centres
  • Tourist accommodation and visitor attractions
  • Public buildings like libraries and community centres
  • Indoor entertainment and outdoor entertainment like cinemas, theatres, concert halls, amusement arcades, casinos, bingo halls etc.
  • Outdoor attractions, stadiums and events – with maximum numbers. Indoors seated:400, Outdoors seated: 2,000, Outdoors free-standing: 1,000. According to Scottish Government: “Guidance is being produced which may allow higher capacities to be agreed with the local authority/ Scottish Government depending on the event.”

What must close at Level 0:

  • Nightclubs should remain closed at Level 0.

This is not an exhaustive list, you can find the full rules here.

The Scottish Government has set out a framework for reopening.

  • 9th August: All restrictions will be lifted.

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

Northern Irleland Lockdown Update

The regulations in Northern Ireland were reviewed on July 26th. While some restrictions have been lifted, many remain in place. The Northern Ireland executive will meet again on August 12th to look at the requirements for face coverings and self-isolation as well as its guidance around working from home and relaxing restrictions on meeting at home.

  • No more than 2 households of up to 6 people may meet indoors in a private dwelling. In hospitality settings 6 people from 6 households are allowed indoors, or up to 10 from the same household.
  • Up to six people from no more than two households can stay together overnight.
  • Up to 15 people (including children) from an unlimited number of households can meet up outdoors in a private garden, but you should maintain social distancing.
  • Outdoor hospitality may reopen, 6 people from up to 2 households may be seated.
  • Concert venues and theatres can reopen from 18:00 BST on Tuesday 27 July. The venues must sell tickets in advance of performance and they must have allocated seating and ensure social distancing of at least 1m (3ft). Dancing is not permitted.
  • Gatherings are allowed indoors and outdoors. To determine the maximum number of people permitted to attend an indoor gathering, in a non-domestic setting, the organiser or operator must carry out a risk assessment. Gatherings of <15 indoors of <30 outdoors do not require a risk assessment.
  • For funerals, the numbers attending indoor ceremonies will be determined by the venue on a risk assessed basis
  • A venue risk assessment must also take place for weddings. Live music is not allowed and recorded music must be at an ambient level. 10 people are allowed per table (other than the top table).
  • You must wear a face covering when you go to any indoor public space, unless exempt.
  • You should avoid unnecessary travel.
  • Retail is allowed to open, close contact services should be by appointment only.
  • Leisure and entertainment venues are allowed to open indoors with mitigations, outdoor visitor attractions may open.
  • Live music is permitted at outdoor events, without restriction to volume.

You can find the full restrictions here.


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.