1st August Restriction Lifting: What is allowed for Live Music?

On 17th July 2020, the Prime Minister set out the next stage of restrictions to be relaxed. In relation to live music performances, there seems to be some confusion over what is allowed and where.

The guideline set out by the PM yesterday states:

From 1 August indoor performances to a live audience can begin to take place, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidelines, subject to the successful completion of pilots, and provided prevalence remains around or below current levels.

There may be an additional risk of infection in environments where you or others are singing, chanting, shouting or conversing loudly. This applies even if others are at a distance to you. Venue managers should ensure sing-alongs or similar activities are avoided. You should also avoid environments that require you to raise your voice to communicate with anyone outside your household.

Some comments on social media suggest that pubs may not be included within that statement, however clarification is still being sought on this issue and we will update as soon as we know the facts. But as far as we see it, from the 1st August indoor gigs can take place within a Covid secure enviroment which falls in line with the 4th stage of the Pathway set out by the Culture Secretary recently.

However, it is important to note that indoor pilots of live performances are still being undertaken which may influence, positively or negatively, any guidance already given. In other words, despite what was said yesterday, nothing is written in stone.

So, advice for our local Hartlepool venues from ShapeMag would be to continue with your outdoor gigs in a Covid secure manner but continue to monitor government guideline on clarity for indoor gigs from 1st August. We, of course, will be working hard to bring you the latest as soon as it happens.