Government guidance for people who work and participate in the arts in Wales. 

Last updated: 22 January 2021

Important: The following guidance is subject to frequent review. It is national guidance applying to Wales, and specific areas may be subject to local restrictions. 

We will endeavour to keep this information up to date, but please refer in the first instance to the national guidelines about COVID-19

All of Wales is currently at alert level 4: very high risk, with severe restrictions for movement and organised activities. The following guidance may therefore best be viewed as planning documents for when restrictions ease. 

Performing arts 

On 16 September 2020, Welsh Government published: Rehearsing, performing and taking part in the performing arts: guidance for a phased return (Last update on 16 November 2020

This document includes guidance on Singing and playing wind and brass instruments (which is considered a "higher risk activity").


At alert level 4, all arts venues must close. 

Welsh Government has published guidelines for: Culture and heritage destinations and venues: guidance for a phased return. This guidance is for museums, art galleries; historic and ancient monuments; historic buildings and gardens; libraries; archives; cinemas; and arts venues including concert halls and theatres. (Last update on 4 December 2020

Also, Welsh Government has issued guidance about which buildings and premises must remain closed, which for now includes theatres, concert halls and other live music venues must remain closed, with some exceptions (e.g. performances broadcast without an audience). (Last update on 14 January 2021

WCVA (the Wales Council for Voluntary Action) has published guidance on reopening Community Centres, which aligns with the Welsh Government guidelines on Safe use of multi-purpose community centres. (Last update on 23 November 2020) 

Creative industries 

There is guidance available for a phased return for the Creative industries, with an emphasis on screen, digital, music, and publishing. (Last update on 17 December 2020)