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

Find specific updates for your country below.

While physical meetings aren't possible, you might like to try some tools for meeting online and still practicing your creative activity together. Read our helpful guide to some of the options available to help you practice and perform online: Meeting Online

 


England

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. 

Read more on the Latest Government Guidelines in England page

 


Scotland

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

 


Wales

Wales is currently at alert level 2: medium risk. Indoor organised activities for up to 30 adults can now take place, and community centres can open (from 3 May 2021). Organised outdoor activities are permitted for up to 50 people. 

Read more on the Latest Government Guidelines in Wales page. (Last update: 18 May 2021)

 


Northern Ireland

Restrictions in Northern Ireland are being eased during the Spring and Summer, with a series of indicative dates provided by the Executive. Under the current restrictions, most cultural venues are not permitted to open but are due to open on 24 May (subject to review on 20 May). 

Indoor gatherings of up to six people from a maximum of two households can take place for permitted reasons, but not in a private home. This is also due to increase from 24 May (subject to review), with appropriate safety measures and risk assessments required (for groups of 15 or more). Outdoors, up to 10 people from a maximum of two households can meet currently, and this is also due to increase from 24 May. Risk assessments won't be required for gatherings of less than 30 people.

While restrictions on physical gatherings remain in place, remote and digital activities can continue and groups can take steps to plan for a safe return to certain activities as and when restrictions are eased further in the future.

Read more on the Latest Government Guidelines in Northern Ireland page

 


Republic of Ireland

The Irish Government announced that the country would return to Level 5 restrictions until the end of January, when the restrictions may change. At Level 5, the public health risk means that people will be asked to stay at home, except for travel for work, education or other essential purposes, or to take exercise within 5km of home. There will be no gatherings other than small numbers at funerals and weddings.

People should stay within their household (or support bubble if you live alone). Organised gatherings are not permitted indoors or outdoors.

During this period, remote and digital activities can continue and groups can take steps to plan for a safe return to certain activities as and when restrictions are eased further in the future.

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