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Further Clarification for Performances and Rehearsals of Non-Professional Musicians in England

The Government has updated their Covid-19 guidance for those working in the performing arts, which clarifies that non-professional musicians can perform and rehearse in Covid-secure venues in England.

Photograph of a saxophonist performing outdoors in a park setting.
Organisers should review the Government’s Performing Arts guidance in full and ensure any planned activity is compliant before it goes ahead. Photo credit: Shutterstock

New guidance from the Government confirms that there are no set limits on the numbers who can be involved in planned non-professional activity taking place outside and/or in a Covid-secure venues in England.

It does however specify that organisations must ensure an appropriate COVID-19 risk assessment is carried out and that the number of individuals involved are able to be socially distanced at all times. Organisers should review the Government’s Performing Arts guidance in full and ensure any planned activity is compliant before it goes ahead.

We expressed concern at previous guidance, which seemed to leave amateur choirs, brass bands and other ensembles with less rights to meet, rehearse and perform – whilst group meetings such as non-professional sports team were allowed.

Read our latest FAQs on the easing of Covid-19 restrictions for the performing arts.


Published: 28/08/2020

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