The government has introduced a new lockdown in England from 5 January to 15 February 2021, and Ministers have suggested that it is likely to last until March. Full details are available on the Government’s website.
Scotland is currently in lockdown until at least the end of January, though Nicola Sturgeon has indicated it may be extended.
Northern Ireland is in its second week of a six week lockdown, and Wales is under alert level 4, with schools currently closed until 18 January at the earliest, though new announcements are expected soon.
The MU has put together updated advice for members in all regions, regarding permitted activity at this time. We have also put several questions to the Government, some of which remain outstanding, so please do check back later this week if your query hasn’t yet been addressed.
Fighting your corner harder than ever
In this third lockdown we are acutely aware of how many members will be struggling financially and emotionally, and we will be fighting your corner harder than ever by:
The safety of our members is paramount
MU General Secretary Horace Trubridge says:
“The latest government restrictions are yet another kick in the teeth for a music industry desperate to get up and running again. The safety of our members is paramount and it’s clear that without this drastic action the NHS will be very quickly overwhelmed.
“Nevertheless, yet again we see the date for a full recovery of the profession pushed back into Spring at the earliest. I want you all to know that we are doing everything in our power to plug the gaps in financial support and accelerate a return to normal business.
“With the vaccine, there is light at the end of this interminably long tunnel and we must stay together and support each other knowing that, in time, things will be better.”
Take action now
Government must invest in musicians and provide our members with the support they need to survive until the industry can get back on its feet.
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