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Scottish Government: COVID-19 updates

The updates in this section are compiled from information released by the Scottish Government during the COVID-19 pandemic. They offer a summary of recent key announcements and signposting to relevant sources of further information.

For the very latest Scottish Government updates and guidelines regarding COVID-19 restrictions visit the relevant section on the Scottish Government website.

Recent updates

  • On Tuesday 11 May the First Minister confirmed that from Monday 17 May most areas of Scotland will move to Level 2 of the Protection Levels Framework. Find out your Local Authority Level.

    It was confirmed that the current 2 metre social distancing guidance for theatres and live events is under review following feedback from the sector, including recent data from our own FST Survey, the FM confirmed we are likely to have updated guidance on this by the start of June.

    Also announced was a further £40 million of emergency funding to Creative Scotland, some of this money is earmarked to top up the Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund and the Performing Arts Venues Relief Fund. Organisations who received support previously and those who did not receive funding in the first round will be eligible. Read more from the official announcement.

Industry guidelines

You can find the most recent guidance here: 

Further updates to these guidance pages are expected at the start of June to reflect any changes in Social Distancing guidance. 


Protection Levels Framework

All levels mentioned below refer to the Scottish Government’s Protection Levels Framework.
Find out your Local Authority Protection level by clicking here.

Scottish Government road-map summary

The summary below is compiled from information released in recent Scottish Government updates. For the very latest Government publications and updates regarding the easing of COVID-19 restrictions visit the relevant sections on the Scottish Government website.

Live events can take place in Levels 2, 1 & 0

At each level, all events are subject to restrictions and must adhere to all relevant government guidelines (listed above). 

Calculating social distancing

Social distancing is still mandatory under the new guidelines. Capacities for theatres and venues will be subject to 2-metre physical distancing* requirements. The Government have published guidance for calculating physical distancing capacity in public settings.

*Following feedback from the sector, including our own membership and survey data, it was confirmed that the current guidance is under review and expected to be updated by 7 June.

Capacity Limits

  • Level 2  – from 17 May
    Indoor events: 100
    Outdoor events: 500 for seated, or 250 for free-standing, respectively 
  • Level 1 – from 7 June
    Indoor events: 200
    Outdoor events: 1,000 for seated, or 500 for free-standing, respectively
  • Level 0 – from late June
    Indoor events: 400
    Outdoor events: 2,000 for seated, or 1,000 for free-standing, respectively