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

Last updated: 13 November 2020

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

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 9 November 2020

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


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.  

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). 

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

Following the 'firebreak' in Wales (23 October - 9 November 2020) the Welsh Government guidelines state: "Any activity can legally be undertaken [in a community centreas long as it is organised by a club or recognised body within the legal limits on numbers attending." 

Creative industries 

There is guidance available for a phased return for the Creative industries, with an emphasis on screen, digital, music, and publishing.