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Wales Moves to Alert Level Four

An overview of how the Welsh Government’s alert level 4 restrictions, which have applied since midnight on 19 December, might affect musicians.

Published: 22 December 2020 | 2:42 PM Updated: 28 April 2021 | 4:32 PM
Photograph of a small boy playing the keyboard at home.
At alert level 4 you can only leave home or remain away from home for limited reasons, which include for work where it isn’t reasonably practicable to work from home.

Over the weekend Welsh Government announced that alert level 4 restrictions would apply across Wales from midnight on 19 December, earlier than had previously been planned.

These measures will be reviewed at least every three weeks and information on them, and other alert levels which may apply in the future, is on the Welsh Government website, which we strongly recommend members read.

The Welsh Government has also now issued new advice to those who were previously ‘shielding’ to advise them that they should no longer attend work or school outside the home. Anyone that this advice applies to should read the Written Statement and check the Welsh Government website for further advice over the next few weeks.

This information was accurate to the best of our knowledge when it was published, but the situation and regulations/guidance are changing quickly in Wales, so please check the Welsh Government website for new information while the MU offices are closed over Christmas.

How alert level 4 in Wales might affect musicians


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  • Our understanding is that the use of rehearsal and recording studios can continue at alert level 4, provided it’s for the purpose of work (whether by professionals or part-time professionals).
  • Venues can continue to be used for broadcasts (whether over internet, radio, or television) without an audience present and to rehearse for such a broadcast.
  • Given the guidance on outdoor gatherings and meeting people from other households we would advise against busking and any other type of live performance with an audience while Wales is at alert level 4.
  • We would also advise against any community or amateur group rehearsals, meetings, or performances taking place while Wales is at alert level 4, for the same reason.

The move to alert level 4 may have implications for your work, contracts (including employment contracts), and earnings. Our general guidance on Cancelled Contracts and Income Loss is likely to apply, but please get in touch once the MU offices reopen in January for more specific advice, including in relation to employment contracts, the various government support schemes, and potential redundancies.

At alert level 4 you can only leave home or remain away from home for limited reasons, which include for work where it isn’t reasonably practicable to work from home. If you are planning to travel to England or the other UK nations you should check the regulations and guidance for your destination, as there are restrictions on travel in some areas.

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