Latest government guidance for participating in creative activities in Northern Ireland. 

nidirect tédíreach

Following the increase in infections due to the Omicron wave, since 27 December 2021, people in Northern Ireland are strongly advised to limit their social contacts. See full details of the current regulations here.

Events are treated slightly differently from gatherings, so a rehearsal or art workshop would be a gathering, while a performance with an audience would be an event. It is strongly recommended to take a Rapid Lateral Flow Test before attending any indoor or outdoor gatherings or events.

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. Covid certification checks are required by law before entering a cinema, theatre, a conference, an exhibition or indoor premises being used for the purpose of a performance, recording or rehearsal.

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.

Events held indoors with standing audiences have not been permitted since 26 December. Currently, Covid certification checks should be in place for all seated events, and face coverings should be worn during entry, exit and throughout performances.

Dancing is not permitted in hospitality venues. You must wear a face covering when you go to any indoor public space, unless exempt.


See the latest guidelines for other nations.