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New Tier System – what does it mean for musicians?


The new rules will come into effect from the beginning of Wednesday 2 December. Read more detail around the tiering system that will be introduced on gov.uk.

Set out below are the points most likely to affect musicians and the places in which they work.

Across all tiers for everyone in the UK

  • must   wear a face covering  in most indoor public settings, unless they have an exemption
  • should follow the rules on meeting others safely
  • should attend school or college as normal, unless they are self-isolating. Schools, universities, colleges and early years settings remain open in all tiers
  • should walk or cycle where possible, plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes when travelling
  • must follow the gathering limits at their tier except for in specific settings and circumstances. 

Tier 1: Medium Alert

Recording and broadcasting

  • Professional activity: Recording and  rehearsal studios remain open for professional use where the studio is a COVID-secure venue. Professional recording and rehearsing can also take place outdoors.
  • Non-Professional activity: Non-professional recording and rehearsing can take place in COVID-secure venues, in private residence or outdoors, only up to a maximum of six people.

Gigs and live performances

  • Bars, pubs and restaurants: Professional live performances (i.e. if you are being paid) can take place in COVID-secure venues.
  • Weddings, wedding receptions, funerals and wakes: 15 guests are allowed at wedding and civil partnership services, wedding receptions and wakes. 30 guests are allowed at funerals. Musicians are not included in these guest limits.
  • Theatre and large-scale live performance: Professional Live performance is permitted with audiences limited to 4000 outdoors / 1000 indoors OR 50% of capacity (whichever is lower).

Orchestras and choirs

  • Recording: Professional recording and rehearsing can take place in COVID-secure venues and outdoors. Non-professional recording and rehearsing can take place in COVID-secure venues, in private residence or outdoors, only up to a maximum of six people.
  • Performances with audiences: Professional live performances are permitted with audiences limited to 4000 outdoors / 1000 indoors OR 50% of capacity (whichever is lower).

Music education

  • Schools: Schools remain open and instrumental/vocal music lessons continue to be permitted either with a classroom teacher or a visiting music teacher. Ensembles are permitted within Covid-secure guidelines.
  • Musical activities in schools outside of the core school day: Seeking advice on what is allowed in this tier.
  • Online: As always private online music tuition is permitted and is the safest option where technology and connectivity is available.
  • Home teaching: Private tuition at either the student or teacher’s home is permitted, including group tuition up to a maxim of six people including the teacher.
  • Private Music Schools:  seeking advice on what is allowed in this tier.

Travel

If you live in a tier 1 area and travel to an area in a higher tier you should follow the rules for that area while you are there.  Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work. You can travel through a tier 3 area as part of a longer journey

Tier 2: High Alert

Recording and broadcasting

  • Professional Activity: Recording & rehearsal studios remain open for professional use where the studio is a COVID-secure venue. Professional recording and rehearsing can also take place outdoors.
  • Non-Professional Activity: Non-professional recording and rehearsing can only take place outdoors, up to a maximum of six people.

Gigs and live performances

  • Bars, pubs and restaurants: Professional live performances (i.e. if you are being paid) can take place in COVID-secure venues that are permitted to open (pubs and bars are only permitted to open if operating as restaurants).
  • Weddings, wedding receptions, funerals and wakes: 15 guests are allowed at wedding and civil partnership services, wedding receptions and wakes. 30 guests are allowed at funerals. Musicians are not included in these guest limits.
  • Theatre and large-scale live performance: Professional Live performance is permitted with audiences limited to 2000 outdoors / 1000 indoors OR 50% of capacity (whichever is lower).

Orchestras and choirs

  • Recording: Professional recording and rehearsing can take place in COVID-secure venues and outdoors. Non-professional recording and rehearsing can only take place outdoors, up to a maximum of six people.
  • Performances with Audiences: Professional Live performance is permitted with audiences limited to 2000 outdoors / 1000 indoors OR 50% of capacity (whichever is lower).

Music education

  • Schools: Schools remain open and instrumental/vocal music lessons continue to be permitted either with a classroom teacher or a visiting music teacher. Ensembles are permitted within Covid-secure guidelines.
  • Musical activities in schools outside of the core school day: Seeking advice on what is allowed in this tier.
  • Online: As always private online music tuition is permitted and is the safest option where technology and connectivity is available.
  • Home Teaching: seeking advice on what is allowed in this tier.
  • Private Music Schools: seeking advice on what is allowed in this tier.

Travel

If you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work. You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey

Tier 3: Very High Alert

Recording and broadcasting

  • Professional Activity: Recording & rehearsal studios remain open for professional use where the studio is a COVID-secure venue. Professional recording and rehearsing can also take place outdoors.
  • Non-Professional Activity: Non-professional recording and rehearsing can only take place outdoors, up to a maximum of six people and at limited locations (parks, sports courts, public gardens).

Gigs and live performances

  • Bars, pubs and restaurants: These venues will only be open for takeaway, delivery or drive-thru service, so no live performance will be permitted.
  • Weddings, wedding receptions, funerals and wakes: 15 guests are allowed at weddings, civil partnership services and wakes. 30 guests are allowed at funerals. Wedding receptions are not permitted. Musicians are not included in these guest limits.
  • Theatre and large-scale live performance: Only drive-in live performances are permitted.

Orchestras and choirs

  • Recording: Professional recording and rehearsing can take place in COVID-secure venues and outdoors. Non-professional recording and rehearsing can only take place outdoors, up to a maximum of six people and at limited locations (parks, sports courts, public gardens).
  • Performances with audiences: Only drive-in live performances are permitted.

Music education

  • Schools: Schools remain open and instrumental/vocal music lessons continue to be permitted either with a classroom teacher or a visiting music teacher. Ensembles are permitted within Covid-secure guidelines.
  • Musical activities in schools outside of the core school day: Seeking advice on what is allowed in this tier.
  • Online: As always private online music tuition is permitted and is the safest option where technology and connectivity is available.
  • Home teaching: Seeking advice on what is allowed in this tier.
  • Private Music Schools: Seeking advice on what is allowed in this tier.

Travel

If you are in a Tier 3 areas, avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey.