Music and Singing

For guidance on music and singing within a service of worship, please read the ‘Music & Singing' subsection of the Worship guidance above.

Where children are involved in an activity and singing forms part of the programme, it should only take place indoors for younger children (under 8) from Level 3, under 12s from Level 2, with adults participating indoors from Level 1. Outdoors, singing for younger children (under 8) can also begin at Level 3, and for everyone from Level 2, including adults.

Choirs can commence from level 2 outdoors and from level 1 indoors, with appropriate mitigations on physical distancing and increased ventilation.

The Scottish Government has advised that professional singers and musicians can play indoors. However, due to entertainment venues such as theatres being closed in levels 3 and 4 there should be no performances taking place. In levels 2, 1 and 0 areas performances can take place but with restrictions on distancing and hygiene measures.

Non-professionals who are participating in an organised outdoor activity managed by an organisation such as a business, charity or club can meet outdoors in local authorities within levels 0 or 1. Organisers should undertake all distancing and hygiene requirements as well as a risk assessment. Groups can proceed with their activity if they can do so in a way that ensures that there is no interaction between individuals or individual households. If they cannot ensure that physical distancing is not compromised - including when arriving at or leaving an activity or in any breaks or socialising - then such non-professional activity should not take place.

More details can be found in the Scottish Government's guidance for the performing arts and venues sector.