*UPDATE 7th January

With the UK now under lockdown once again, we're once again left in limbo for performances.  Fortunately, venues are showing faith and booking performances which will proceed only if COVID restrictions are lifted to allow these to go ahead.  Everyone is now living in hope that the vaccines can be administered and a return to some kind of normality is on the horizon.  Stay safe.

*UPDATE* - 4th January

First of all, happy new year!  Here's hoping that we finally see Coronavirus dealt with and a return to some kind of normality, although at this early stage of the year, it still seems far away.

With most of the country in Tier 4 restrictions, and more severe restrictions likely to come into effect in the coming weeks, performances are once again on hold.  However, I'm hopeful that a clearer picture will emerge as the month progresses.  Stay tuned!

*UPDATE* - 2nd December

With lockdown 2 ending, what is now allowed under the revised 3 tier system? Click below for the various tiers.

Tier 1 - Medium

Tier 2 - High

Tier 3 - Very High

Sourced from UK Government website.

*UPDATE* - 5th November

Lockdown 2 has put restrictions on performances, but teaching at students homes can still go ahead.  Read more by clicking here.

*UPDATE* - 31st October

The government have now announced that the UK will now go back into lockdown to attempt to minimize the further spread of COVID-19.  This means that venues will once again have to close for at least four weeks from 12.01am Thursday 5th November.  More information on the lockdown can be found by clicking here.

*UPDATE* - 22nd September

From Thursday 24th September, more restrictions will be coming in to place which affect the pub/club & hospitality industry.  The biggest change will be a 10pm curfew.  Details regarding these new rules can be found by clicking here.

*UPDATE* - 8th September

The UK government have amended the current guidelines for social gatherings in the UK to prevent another spike in coronavirus cases and to limit the possibility of another lockdown.  At the time of writing, performances can and are still going ahead but the public should follow the updated rules, which are enforceable by law with fines.  The new rules can be found by clicking here.

*UPDATE* - 14th August

The UK government have relaxed the restrictions with regard to indoor performances, including pubs etc.

“The nation’s hard work to keep the virus under control means we can now make further careful progress on recovery with allowing audiences back for indoor performances, fans back at sports events and the reopening of more Covid-19-secure leisure businesses.” 

Lets hope we can get back to safely performing soon!

https://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/Home/News/2020/Aug/Indoor-Live-Performances-Permitted-in-England-from

 

*UPDATE* - 30th July

With Coronavirus cases appearing to rise globally, the UK government has seen fit to suspend the relaxing of restrictions regarding indoor performances, with a review to come on August 15th. 

 

"On Saturday 1 August, you’ll remember, we had hoped to reopen in England a number of higher risk settings that had remained closed. Today, I am afraid we are postponing these changes for at least a fortnight.

That means that, until 15 August at the earliest:

Casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and remaining close contact services must remain closed. Indoor performances will not resume.

Pilots of larger crowds in sports venues and conference centres will not take place.

Wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted, but ceremonies can continue to take place, in line with COVID-Secure guidelines."

UK Gov Website - PM Speech Transcription 

*UPDATE*

According to this article on the Musicians Union website, indoor performances may be able to take place from Saturday 1st August, as long as strict social distancing guidelines are followed etc.  I'm not sure how this affects the pub and club trade as it's vague in it's reference, being directed more towards theatres and ticket sales venues, but it's a step in the right direction for a return to normality, performance wise.

https://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/Home/News/2020/Jul/Indoor-Performances-May-Return-From-1-August

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