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Question ref. S6W-00306
Asked by: Mark Ruskell, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party
Date lodged: 1 June 2021


To ask the Scottish Government when updated guidance on live music under COVID-19 protection levels will be published.

Current status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 9 June 2021


As live music takes place in a variety of settings, different guidance is applicable for different scenarios. The guidance for the performing arts and venues sector was most recently updated on 1 June 2021 and that for the events sector on 26 May 2021.

Performing arts venues can reopen in areas in protection levels 0 to 2, and both indoor and outdoor events can take place in levels 0 to 2. Such activity must follow the measures, mitigations and capacity limits as detailed in the performing arts guidance ( Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for the performing arts and venues sector - ( ) and the events guidance ( Coronavirus (COVID-19): events sector guidance - ( ).

Separate guidance is also available for calculating capacities - Coronavirus (COVID-19): calculating physical distancing capacity in public settings - ( and for applying for approval for to exceed the capacity limits in the published protection levels -

Coronavirus (COVID-19) stadia and live events guidance - ( .

Live background music in hospitality settings is permitted at levels 0 – 2. Any such activity must be done in accordance with the tourism and hospitality guidance, updated on 26 May ( Coronavirus (COVID-19): tourism and hospitality sector guidance - ( ).

The Scottish Government continues to work with the live music sector to inform guidance and advise on its application.