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

DCMS Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

DCMS has updated their guidance relating specifically to performing artsThis guide was updated on 18 May to include information about Step 3 of the roadmap. As part of the new plan for reopening, the government have set a series of planned "no earlier than" dates from which different activities may resume.

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 outdoors at this stage, but social gatherings of more than 30 people outdoors will remain illegal. Indoors, people are able to meet socially in a group of 6, or with one other household.

The legal gathering limits do not apply to people using the facility for work purposes (e.g. use by performing arts professionals for rehearsals, training, and performances for broadcast or recording purposes).

If your performing arts venue includes a dance studio, you should follow any relevant measures in the sport facilities guidance in managing the studio. However, the principles and measures on performing arts activity in this guidance may still be relevant to dance studios, particularly for some activities such as rehearsal or performance.

If there are any additional facilities within your premises (for example, cafes and barsleisure attractions or retail shops) or you are running certain types of events (such as organised events), there may be additional restrictions on those facilities or activities. 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.

Performance events with an audience are permitted, indoors and outdoors.

  • Events permitted in Step 3 (which include live performances) should follow all COVID-secure guidance, adhere to all legal requirements, and take all reasonable action to mitigate risk to public health.
  • Capacity caps apply to both indoor events (up to 1,000 people or 50% of a site or venue’s capacity, whichever is lower) and outdoor events (up to 4,000 people or 50% of a site or venue’s capacity, whichever is lower. Different capacity caps apply to larger venues and events.
  • You can find more information in the sections on changes to operations and meetings and events, and in the organised events guidance for local authorities.

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.

Non-professional activities are permitted indoors and outdoors, within the legal gathering limits.

  • Outdoors, people can take part in non-professional performing arts activities in a group of up to 30 people. Activities can take place with multiple permitted groups, provided the groups are kept separate throughout the activity, and the event is organised in line with the organised events guidance for local authorities.
  • Indoors, people can take part in non-professional performing arts activities in a group of up to 6 people, or as a group of 2 households/bubbles. Activities can take place with multiple permitted groups, provided the groups are kept separate throughout the activity, and the event is organised in line with the organised events guidance for local authorities.
  • However, non-professional singing indoors should only take place in a single group of up to 6 people.

You can find more information in the section on changes to operations.


See details of the guidelines in other nations.