The Scottish Government timetable for easing restrictions provides indicative dates for moving through the levels framework. Mainland Scotland moved into Level 3 from Monday 26 April. It is expected that mainland Scotland will move into Level 2 from 17 May.

Until your group can meet in person again - check out our handy guide to the various ways you can meet up and create together online: https://www.voluntaryarts.org/meeting-online

Your Local Area 

You can find out which 'protection tier' your local area is currently in here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/

Thus, from 17 May it is expected that workshops in studios would be permitted indoors and outdoors with a maximum number of 15 people in any space including facilitators.


Non-professionals who are participating in an organised outdoor activity managed by an organisation - including a business, charity or club - can meet outdoors in groups of up to 6 people from 6 households. However, organisers must ensure participants comply with physical distancing and hygiene measures and to undertake the same risk assessment processes as professional organisations. 

You can proceed with your activity if you can do so in a way that ensures that there is no interaction between individuals or individual households. If you cannot ensure that physical distancing is not compromised - including when arriving at or leaving activity or in any breaks or socialising - then such non-professional activity should not take place. More information can be found in the Scottish Government's performing arts and venues guidance and the events guidance.


Non-professionals gathering for performing arts activities

When permitted, non-professionals (meaning those participating in performing arts other than for work purposes), or groups which include non-professionals, may refer to this guidance for their activities, but in order to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus must at all times do so in line with government legislation, particularly in relation to the number of individuals or households meeting together currently permitted in their local authority area (see Protection levels advice here).

This means that currently, the potential for non-professional groups meeting indoors is very limited due to the small numbers permitted to meet for socialising. While guidance for the reopening of creative studios and shared workplaces can be found here, group learning, such as craft workshops, arts classes etc should also follow the guidance for the Community Learning and Development sector.

The Community Learning and Development sector guidance sets out that at Levels 3 and 4, the preferred method of learning is online or outdoors. At Level 4, indoor learning should only take place for the most vulnerable people who do not have other means of support and cannot access support remotely. At Level 3, learning and assessment should only take place indoors where it cannot be delivered online and is essential to gaining a qualification or providing essential support to the most vulnerable learners. At Levels 1 and 2, learning is permitted indoors and outdoors with a maximum number of 15 people in any space including facilitators. The reopening of commercial creative classes in studios can take place from Level 2.

Available support

Creative Scotland has launched a variety of funds for the Cultural and Creative Sector:

For more information, and to read the full Scottish Government guidance, please visit https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-the-performing-arts-and-venues-sector/

[last updated 27 April 2021]

See details of the guidelines in other nations.