News & Opportunities News Latest Government Guidelines The latest government guidance for participating in creative cultural activities across the UK and Republic of Ireland. Find specific updates for your country below. While physical meetings aren't possible, you might like to try some tools for meeting online and still practicing your creative activity together. Read our helpful guide to some of the options available to help you practice and perform online: Meeting Online England While the current national lockdown continues, the UK Government announced (on 23 February) a new staged plan for reopening during the Spring. During the national lockdown people can only leave their homes for limited, essential reasons and mixing outside of your household or support bubble is not permitted, so physical meetings of creative groups (either indoors or outdoors) are not allowed until these restrictions end. During this period, 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 further in the future. As part of the new plan for reopening, the government have set a series of planned "no earlier than" dates from which different activities may resume. Non-professional performing arts activity is specifically mentioned as part of Step 3, which will begin no earlier than 17 May 2021. Read more on the Latest Government Guidelines in England page. Scotland The Scottish Government has implemented a system with 5 'Protection levels' of restrictions (from 0 - 4). From Tuesday 5 January, mainland Scotland moved from Level 4 to a temporary lockdown, with new guidance to stay at home except for essential purposes. The restrictions are expected to be in place for at least four weeks, but will be kept under review. Some Islands in Scotland remain in level 3, and level 3 guidance still applies. 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. Wales All of Wales is currently in alert level 4: very high risk, which means staying at home, apart from limited exceptions, and with severe restrictions on any organised activities. Read more on the Latest Government Guidelines in Wales page. Northern Ireland Restrictions in Northern Ireland mean that you must stay at home apart from a number of essential reasons, including essential shopping, work and care. The current regulations are in place until 6 February, but will be reviewed on 21 January. During this time it is not permitted for indoor gatherings to take place but up to 6 people from a maximum of 2 households can meet outdoors while maintaining social distancing measures. Most cultural venues are closed, though theatres and concert halls are permitted to open for rehearsals or a live recording without an audience. There is no specific differentiation between professional and non-professional rehearsals in the guidelines provided. During this period, 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 further in the future. Read more on the Latest Government Guidelines in Northern Ireland page. Republic of Ireland The Irish Government announced that the country would return to Level 5 restrictions until the end of January, when the restrictions may change. At Level 5, the public health risk means that people will be asked to stay at home, except for travel for work, education or other essential purposes, or to take exercise within 5km of home. There will be no gatherings other than small numbers at funerals and weddings. People should stay within their household (or support bubble if you live alone). Organised gatherings are not permitted indoors or outdoors. During this period, 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 further in the future. Read more on the Latest Government Guidelines in the Republic of Ireland page.