Covid19 Guidlines for LIVE performances

Can I host a LIVE performance?

Yes, but you need to follow the guidelines set out by the government, including creating a Risk Assessment for your venue and performances, based on your Tier level, (this risk assessment may get you started, but please keep up to date with government guidelines as they can be updated often). Depending on the Tier level in your area.

This article sets out the current Government guidelines on staging a live performance or presentation event.

We will try to keep this information up to date as much as possible. (updated 2nd Dec 2020)

We are currently at STAGE 3 of the governments “5 stage plan for getting performing arts back to normal


The guidance makes clear that the following measures should be considered to allow for safe resumption of performances, make sure you visit the government site below to create your risk assesment for your event:

  • A reduction in venue capacity and limited ticket sales to ensure social distancing can be maintained
  • All tickets must be purchased online and venues are encouraged to move towards e-ticketing for help with track and trace
  • Venues should have clearly communicated social distancing marking in place in areas where queues form and adopt a limited entry approach *. Increased deep cleaning of auditoriums
  • Performances should be scheduled to allow sufficient time to undertake deep cleaning before the next audience arrives
  • Singing and the playing of brass and wind instruments in groups or in front of an audience is limited
  • Performers, conductors, musicians must observe social distancing wherever possible

Oliver Dowden “Culture Secretary” said, 

Our culture, heritage and arts are too precious to lose.

This guidance will be updated as the evidence develops around singing, wind and brass instruments, and the wider public health context.

The five stages of the phased return to professional performing arts is as follows:

  • Stage One – Rehearsal and training (no audiences and adhering to social distancing guidelines)
  • Stage Two – Performances for broadcast and recording purposes (adhering to social distancing guidelines)
  • Stage Three – Performances outdoors with an audience plus pilots for indoor performances with a limited distance audience. We will now also work with the sector to get small pilots started as soon as possible and will set out further details in due course.
  • Stage Four – Performances allowed indoors / outdoors (but with a limited distanced audience indoors)
  • Stage Five – Performances allowed indoors / outdoors (with a fuller audience indoors)

Here are some useful resource links: