Guidance View all Briefings Latest Government Guidelines in England The latest guidelines for those involved in creative activities in England. The UK Government announced a new national lockdown for England on Monday 4 January 2021 which replaced the previous regional tiered restrictions. During this period people can only leave their homes for limited, essential reasons and mixing outside of your household or support bubble is not permitted, so physical meetings of creative groups (either indoors or outdoors) are not allowed until these restrictions end. DCMS has updated their guidance relating specifically to performing arts. and this now states "Non-professional activity, such as amateur choirs and orchestra, cannot take place". During this period, any remote and digital creative 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. On 23 February, the Government announced a new staged plan for reopening certain sectors and activities through the Spring. All of these plans and dates are contingent on reviews of scientific evidence closer to the date. 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. Non-professional performing arts activity is specifically mentioned as part of Step 3, which will begin no earlier than 17 May 2021. The Government plans to lift most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors at this stage, but social gatherings of more than 30 people outdoors will remain illegal. Indoors, people will be able to meet socially in a group of 6, or with one other household, though it may be possible to go further than this at Step 3 depending on the data. Step 2, beginning no earlier than 12 April 2021, allows for drive-in performances and cinemas but the above date for non-professional activities implies that this would only apply to professional events. At this stage, the Government may also being some pilot events to test procedures for larger audiences. See details of the guidelines in other nations.