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 



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.

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 0 COVID Alert.

  • All venues and businesses may now open.
  • People should still work from home where possible.
  • Face covering remain a legal requirement indoors apart from hospitality settings.
  • Organised events are subject to a risk assessment and taking reasonable mitigations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You can find the performance guidelines here and guidance on reasonable measures for nightclubs and music venues here.
  • Limits on attendees at wedding ceremonies and funerals will be set by the venue in accordance with COVID Secure guidance.

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

Scottish Lockdown Update

Scotland is now beyond COVID Level 0, the legal requirement for physical distancing and limits on private gatherings has been removed and all businesses may reopen.

However, some restrictions do remain in place.

  • You must wear a mask or face covering in most indoor public places including on public transport.
  • Where possible employers should permit flexible working from home.
  • Businesses are encouraged to retain COVID mitigation practices like queue management.
  • Outdoor events must be limited to 5000 attendees but exemptions may be sought through the existing local authority exemption process.
  • Indoor events will be limited to 2000 attendees but similarly may follow the existing exemptions process for higher numbers.

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

Northern Irleland Lockdown Update

The regulations in Northern Ireland were reviewed on August 12th. While some restrictions have been lifted, many remain in place.

  • You must wear a face covering when you go to any indoor public space, unless exempt.
  • You should continue to work from home.
  • No more than 3 households of up to 10 people may meet indoors in a private dwelling and stay overnight.
  • There are no limits on the number of people who may meet outdoors, but organised gatherings of more than 15 people outdoors are subject to a risk assessment.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.