The latest government guidance for participating in creative cultural activities across the UK and Ireland. 

Find specific updates for your country below.

 


England

DCMS has updated their guidance relating specifically to performing arts. This guide was updated on 14 July to include information about Step 4 of the roadmap. 

Indoor and outdoor performing arts venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas and dedicated grassroots music venues can open to the public. The Government has lifted most legal restrictions on meeting others both indoors and outdoors at this stage. 

Read more on the Latest Government Guidelines in England page

 


Scotland

Scotland moved beyond COVID-19 Level 0 on 9 August, when all venues and businesses were allowed to open and most legal restrictions were removed. Some precautionary measures are still in place.

Read more on the Latest Government Guidelines in Scotland page

 


Wales

Wales completed its move down to Alert Level 0 on 7 August 2021. 

At Alert Level 0, there are no legal limits on the number of people who can meet, and all businesses and premises may be open.

However, the Welsh Government has kept a small but significant number of legal requirements to help reduce the spread of the virus and help protect the most vulnerable.

Read more on the Latest Government Guidelines in Wales page. (Last update: 15 September 2021)

 


Northern Ireland

Most restrictions in Northern Ireland have eased steadily and cultural events and activities are taking place.

Organised indoor gatherings will be limited based on venue risk assessments. Indoor gatherings of less than 15 people do not require a risk assessment, though all gatherings should take precautionary measures. 

Organised outdoor gatherings will be limited based on an organiser’s risk assessment. Outdoor gatherings of less than 30 people do not require a risk assessment, though all gatherings should again take precautionary measures.

On 27 September, the Executive announced the removal of social distancing requirements in indoor seated venues such as theatres and concert halls (as well as indoor retail and visitor attractions). They advise using other mitigating measures such as the requirement to prove immunity status in these settings.

Read more on the Latest Government Guidelines in Northern Ireland page

 


Ireland

The Irish Government agreed a phased easing of restrictions through September and October 2021. Many of the current allowances are dependent on those present being either fully vaccinated, or being able to demonstrate that they have recovered from COVID-19 in the previous 6 months. Where these criteria are met, organised indoor events can take place at up to 60% normal capacity, while outdoor events can have up to 75% capacity. Where immunity levels are mixed, tighter restrictions are in place.

Read more on the Latest Government Guidelines in the Republic of Ireland page