*UPDATE* 

The Scottish Government has implemented a system with 5 'Protection levels' of restrictions (from 0 - 4). Mainland Scotland has now moved to Level 2, with the exception of Glasgow, meaning that most leisure, culture and community venues can open again.

Prevailing restrictions will be kept under review and an update expected about all areas from the First Minister on 7 June. As the virus is now sufficiently under control in the Western Isles, Orkney, Shetland and remote Highland and Argyll islands, these communities have moved straight to Level 1.

Read more on the Latest Government Guidelines in Scotland page and the specific section entitled Operational guide for non-professionals gathering for performing arts activities.


Under Level 2 restrictions 

  • Up to six people from three households will be able to meet in each other’s homes or gardens without physical distancing – this was the limit previously planned for Level 1 but has now been accelerated for areas in Level 2. People will be encouraged to use their judgment about close physical contact with others.
  • Events will resume with a maximum capacity of 100 people indoors, 250 outdoors where there is unrestricted standing and 500 for events with seating. Organisers will be allowed to apply to hold bigger events.
  • More than one person will be able to sing during religious services.
  • Amateur performing arts groups will be able to perform outdoors.


If you are the organiser of voluntary arts activity, please keep in mind the following guidance:

  • Keep a record of name, date, time and a mobile number or email address for all participants for a period of 21 days to support Test and Protect. 
  • Make sure that participants do not attend or take part in activities if experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or when advised to self-isolate.
  • Observe 2 metre physical distancing between each participant/household and between participants/households and any others attending, such as conductors, accompanists or audiences (where permitted) at all times
  • When seated the 2 metre distance should be measured from the edge of a performer’s chair
  • Use back-to-back or side-to-side positioning of performers (rather than face-to-face) whenever possible
  • Limit the duration of rehearsals, and performances where permitted, as much as possible
  • Avoid exposure of crew, support staff, other performers and audiences (where permitted), through using alternative programmes, technology or adapting, re-arranging or re-orchestrating for fewer participants as the first priority
  • Consider using screens or barriers in addition to physical distancing
  • A fixed team approach is not recommended for non-professionals.
  • Determine what level of monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms or for COVID-19 is required to achieve as reasonable a level of risk mitigation as possible.
  • Ensure there is a clear policy in place for managing a COVID-19 positive individual, and abiding by government and HPS guidelines and reporting requirements – see COVID-19 symptoms within the workplace.

Available support

Creative Scotland has launched a variety of funds for the Cultural and Creative Sector:

[last updated 25 May 2021]


See details of the guidelines in other nations.