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Government Confirms 19 July Reopening in England

The Prime Minister has now confirmed that all Covid-19 restrictions will end on 19 July, and all venues and businesses are set to reopen.

Published: 14 July 2021 | 5:20 PM
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The Prime Minister has now confirmed that all Covid-19 restrictions (with the exception of wearing masks in some situations) will end on 19 July. All venues and businesses are 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. We will be asking the Government to review how this system works for performers who work across a number of different venues every week.

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.

Members who have any issues regarding returning to work or who require any specific advice should contact their Regional Office.

Ensuring members feel secure in returning to work

The MU is 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. We are planning guidance for vulnerable members in the very near future, to be informed by our recent survey of shielding members.

Covid-19 restrictions in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

For the latest guidance for musicians working in other nations, please read our advice.

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