*UPDATE* - As of Tuesday 23 February, mainland Scotland and some islands are in lockdown with guidance to stay at home, except for essential purposes. The restrictions are expected to be in place until the next review. Some islands will remain at Level 3. Find out which islands are in level three.

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

The information below will potentially become relevant again, once lockdown has been lifted, so is being kept here for the time being. 

Your Local Area 

Guidance will vary depending on the situation in your local authority. You can find out which 'protection tier' your local area is currently in here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/


Non-professionals who are participating in an organised outdoor activity managed by an organisation - including a business, charity or club - can meet outdoors in local authority areas in 0 - 1.

However, organisers must ensure participants comply with physical distancing and hygiene measures and 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.

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 24 February 2021]

See details of the guidelines in other nations.