Scotland has announced its festival and music venues can run events starting May 17th 2021.
Although venues can open, social distancing is required, and indoor events can only host crowds no bigger than 100 people. Festivals will be able to host 500 people, so currently, only smaller sized events can take advantage of the country’s new rules.
Other entertainment venues and events allowed to open on May 17th in Scotland include cinemas, theatres and comedy, but these are also limited to the 100 max capacity guidelines.
Scotland’s roadmap to reopening after lockdown shows plans that in early June will allow 200 people for indoor venues and 1000 for outdoor events. Come the end of June, those will respectively rise to 400 and 2000.
There are some reports that the limit on crowd numbers could be raised further after the end of June depending on key indicators linked to the pandemic.
Discussing the topic of live music in Scotland, the NME reports that: “From 17th May some outdoor and indoor events will be able to take place (all conditional on supportive data).
“In addition, there will be further work to develop a process and guidance for events with proposed numbers above the standard limits.
“Specific restrictions on capacities are to be discussed and agreed in the coming weeks in consultation with the events industry.”
Events in England aren’t due to start before June 21st with some exceptions for government-approved trial events, which will gather data on safe reopening linked to containing the spread of the virus.
Those English trial events include a 5,000-person festival and a 3,000-person club night that will both be held in the city of Liverpool.