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All Restrictions in England Due to End on 19 July 2021

Following the announcement from the Prime Minister that all Covid-19 restrictions are set to end in England on Monday 19 July, we discuss how this is likely to affect musicians – and how steps must be taken to make sure members feel secure returning to work.

Published: 06 July 2021 | 12:21 PM
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The MU will also be liaising with employers, engagers and fixers around plans for the reduction or removal of social distancing requirements. Photo credit: Shutterstock

The Prime Minister yesterday announced his intention to end all Covid-19 restrictions on 19 July, with this to be confirmed on 12 July. All venues and businesses seem set to reopen, with the one-metre plus social distancing rule also to be scrapped, and no legal limits to be set on audience numbers indoors or outdoors.

This is great news for music events of any kind – although the test, track and trace system will stay in use and so could still impact some musicians who have checked in at a certain venue and are asked to isolate. The Government is, however, looking into whether self-isolation will continue to be necessary for those who have had both Coronavirus jabs.

Border restrictions will remain for the time being, as will the traffic light system for international travel, so musicians should be aware that touring abroad may still be problematic. We will update members with any further detail or information as it becomes available in the coming days.

Ensuring members feel secure in returning to work

The MU will also be liaising with employers, engagers and fixers around plans for the reduction or removal of social distancing requirements to ensure that members feel secure in returning to all aspects of their work. Members may also still find our workplace advice for health and safety around Covid-19 useful.

Members who are shielding and would like any advice or assistance should contact their Regional Office.

Plans for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are due to be announced in the coming days and we will be updating members accordingly through the MU website, our emails and our social media channels.

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