The latest government guidance for participating in creative cultural activities across the UK and Republic of Ireland. 

Find specific updates for your country below.



The UK Government announced new national restrictions from 5 November, which means that gathering together in person is generally not allowed. These restrictions temporarily override previous guidelines such as those on performing arts. It is not permitted to meet others from outside your household or support bubble for leisure or amateur cultural activities. Education and work activities, and providing voluntary services, can continue with precautions in place. These restrictions are currently planned to be in place until 2 December.

In the meantime, remote and digital activities can continue and groups can take steps to plan for a safe return to certain activities as and when restrictions are eased.

Read more on the Latest Government Guidelines in England page



The Scottish Government has implemented a system with 5 'Protection levels' of restrictions (from 0 - 4). Currently, different parts of the country are at different levels. Most are at levels 2 or 3, but the Highlands and Islands are generally at Level 1. Some areas, including Glasgow, are moving to Level 4 from 20 November for three weeks.

At Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4, leisure, culture and entertainment venues are closed.

At Level 2 and Level 3, most leisure, culture and entertainment venues are closed but libraries and community centres can open (with safety measures in place). 

Read more on the Latest Government Guidelines in Scotland page



Up to 30 people can meet outdoors, with physical and social distancing. Indoor gatherings can only include up to 2 households.

Read more on the Latest Government Guidelines in Wales page


Northern Ireland

The four-week 'circuit breaker' restrictions which began on 16 October were extended and are currently due to end at midnight on Friday 20 November. Plans have been announced for a staggered reopening of some businesses after 20 November. Under the current guidelines, gatherings are restricted to 15 people - either outdoors, with social distancing, or indoors (but not in a private home). There is no specific allowances or restrictions for leisure and cultural activities. 

Read more on the Latest Government Guidelines in Northern Ireland page


Republic of Ireland

The Irish Government announced that the country would move from Level 5 to Level 3 restrictions on 1 December, with further changes allowing additional activities from 4 December and 18 December.

People should stay within their household (or support bubble if you live alone). Social gatherings are not permitted indoors. It is permitted for up to 6 people from 2 households to meet outdoors (eg. in a park, not in a private garden) including for exercise. Currently indoor 'organised gatherings' are not allowed to take place, but up to 15 people can attend an outdoor 'organised gathering'. These are controlled environments with a named event organiser, owner or manager. Museums and galleries are now permitted to open with safety precautions in place.

Read more on the Latest Government Guidelines in the Republic of Ireland page