The Coronavirus (Extension And Expiry) (Scotland) Act 2021: report to the Scottish Parliament (September 2021)

This report gives effect to duties in the Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Act 2021 for Scottish Ministers to report on its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including measures on marriage ceremonies and civil partnerships, support for businesses and a range of other policy areas.

3. Section 5(1)(b)(ii) - live music and live music venues

3.1 Section 5(1)(b)(ii) requires Ministers to provide their view of the effect of this Act on live music and live music venues.

Effect on live music and venues

3.2 While the Extension and Expiry Act does not directly affect live music or live music venues there have been a number of restrictions that have had an effect on live music and live music venues. These include the temporary closure of certain facilities (i.e., music rehearsal facilities) and live music venues. The reopening of these, particularly live music venues, has been further restricted by physical distancing restrictions and capacity limits.

3.3 Physical distancing has now been removed and most capacity limits no longer apply. The exceptions are for indoor events over 2000 people and outdoor events over 5000 people. A process is in place to allow event organisers to apply to a local authority for higher capacities.



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