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The emergence of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant and the subsequent increase in cases across the UK has led the governments of the UK nations to introduce new measures and restrictions, which we know have already resulted in members losing work.

Our in-house solicitor has provided some advice regarding cancelled gigs. The MU has written to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to ask that targeted financial support be considered for musicians who lost work during this period. Contact us in the first instance if you require advice or support.

Browse the current Covid-19 rules by nation: 

Rules in Wales

The final coronavirus regulations in Wales expired on Monday 30 May, when the requirement to wear a face covering in health and care settings came to an end.

Covid-19 guidance is still available on the Welsh Government website and the Welsh Government is still recommending that people keep Wales safe by:

  • Keeping up to date with your vaccinations
  • Remembering outdoors is safer than indoors
  • Wearing masks in crowded places
  • Self-isolating and getting tested if you have symptoms

It’s important to note that in Wales there is no longer any legal requirement to self-isolate if you test positive for Covid-19, but self-isolation is still recommended by the Welsh Government to disrupt transmission of the virus. Additionally organisations may still have their own rules and requirements.

In Wales free lateral flow tests will still be available to members of the public showing symptoms of coronavirus (high temperature; a new, continuous cough; a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) until the end of July, as well as in some other specific situations. However, self-isolation payments of £500 will end on 30 June.

Rules in Scotland

As of 21 March most of the remaining Coronavirus legal requirements for workplaces in Scotland have been removed, including:

  • the requirement to collect and share visitor information
  • to follow Scottish Government guidance about mitigating the risk of exposure to Covid
  • take reasonable measures (per the guidance) to minimise incidence and spread of Covid-19.

The Guidance for Businesses and Workplaces has been updated to reflect these changes.

It is still a legal requirement to wear a mast in indoor public places. This is due to be reviewed on 29 March with any changes taking effect from 4 April.

Schools

Pupils and staff in secondary schools are no longer required to wear face coverings in classrooms but should continue to do so in indoor communal areas and in classrooms by adults when physical distancing is not possible. Any young person or staff member who wishes to still wear a face covering in the classroom should be fully supported in doing so.

In primary schools, face coverings should continue to be worn in classrooms by adults wherever they cannot keep physical distance with other adults and/or children and young people.

Read more guidance on reducing the risks in schools on the Scottish Government website.

Rules in England

From the 24 February 2022 the Government has removed all remaining domestic restrictions in England, meaning there is no longer any legal requirement to self-isolate should you test positive for Covid-19.

The Government still advises taking the following steps to help reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19:

  • Get Vaccinated
  • Let fresh air in if meeting others indoors, or meet outside
  • Wear a face mask in crowded spaces
  • Get tested if you have Covid-19 symptoms, and stay at home if positive

Read more on the Coronavirus guidance in England

Rules in Northern Ireland

As of 15 February Covid-19 legal restrictions in Northern Ireland have been replaced by guidance. There is no longer a legal requirement to wear face coverings in public areas and there is no limit on numbers of people meeting indoors in private homes. Covid certificates are no longer legally required in nightclubs and large outdoor events.

However, mitigations such as the wearing of face coverings, social distancing and meeting in outdoor/well ventilated settings are still strongly encouraged and the use of Covid-19 passports and certificates will still be available.

Self isolation rules in Northern Ireland have not changed as they were never enshrined in legislation.

For more information on this, including up to date guidance on self-isolation and close contacts, please visit the NI Direct website.

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