The latest guidelines for those involved in creative activities in England. 

DCMS Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

DCMS has updated its guidance relating specifically to creative events. This guide was updated on 22 December to include information about ‘Plan B’ measures as part of the COVID-19 Autumn/Winter Plan.

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

There are no restrictions on how many people can take part in sport and physical activity, or on the activities they can do. Sport participation events such as races and walks can take place with no capacity caps for participants or spectators provided they can be safely accommodated. However, there are a number of recommended actions to reduce the health and safety risks of transmission when participating in a creative event/activity.

  • Some types of venues and events are required by law to check visitors’ COVID status as a condition of entry. If this applies to your group, you are legally required to check that all visitors (18 years and over) to these venues or events are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative COVID-19 test result in the last 48 hours, or are exempt from these requirements. It is also strongly recommended that you check the COVID status checks to see if this applies to your group. 
  • Face coverings are legally required in most public indoor venues, including many types of events and businesses. Read the section on face coverings) to find out what you need to do. Social distancing measures are not required.
  • Enable people to check in at your venue. You can also choose to display an NHS QR code poster so people can check in at your venue, to help NHS Test and Trace to reduce the spread of the virus. Read about NHS QR codes.

If your performing arts venue includes a dance studio, you should follow any relevant measures in the sport facilities guidance in managing the studio. 

If there are any additional facilities within your premises (for example, cafes and bars, leisure attractions or retail shops) or you are running certain types of events (such as organised events), you should check the guidance for relevant facilities or events (you can find links in the section on where to find more information) and ensure you adhere to any relevant measures.

Dance and fitness studios are open for professional and non-professional use (in line with legal gathering limits). You can find more information in the guidance for sport facilities.

Are you planning to run an event? Get detailed guidance on various aspects:


See details of the guidelines in other nations.