Crowd restrictions on indoor music and theater events in Scotland will be lifted next week

Glasgow’s Celtic Connections music festival is due to start on Thursday. Photo: Gaelle Beri

Capacity limits and physical distancing measures that came into effect on Boxing Day and forced the cancellation of hundreds of shows and events will be dropped.

The government must also relax guidelines that people must stick to a limit of three households when socializing together.

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However, more venues are expected to grapple with Scotland’s Covid certification scheme from Monday after the government said it should be applied to all events for 1,000 people or more.

The Celtic Connections music festival kicks off on January 20. Photo: Gaelle Beri

Organizers must check at least 50 percent of attendees or 1,000 people – whichever is greater – for proof of vaccination or a negative lateral flow test starting next week.

However, the Scottish Government has stopped introducing the measures in all venues and hospitality businesses after deciding there was mounting evidence of a “significant drop” in the number of new Covid cases over the past few years. last fifteen days.

Restrictions on indoor events, announced on December 21 and effective from Boxing Day, imposed a 200-seat limit on all-seat indoor events and a 100-seat limit on fully or partially seatless events. Venues were also asked to ensure physical distancing of one meter was enforced from the public.

Concert promoters, theaters and festival organizers were disappointed last week when the government delayed a decision on their fate but gave the green light for major outdoor events to return to full capacity.

However, Ms Sturgeon said the “improving situation” with Covid meant the measures introduced to deal with the rise of the Omicron variant could be lifted from Monday.

She said: “It is important to stress this point: despite the improvement in the situation, the level of Covid infection circulating in the community is still high.

“So, to minimize the risk of us contracting the virus, it would be wise for all of us to remain cautious in our social interactions at this stage.

“Although from Monday we will no longer recommend a fixed upper limit for the number of households, if we all continue to keep gatherings as small as our circumstances allow for now – until the end of this month – we will reduce our risk of infection.

“And, of course, we should continue to take lateral flow tests before meeting people from other households.”

Geoff Ellis, managing director of DF Concerts, Scotland’s biggest concert promoter, said: “The message is now very positive for the rest of 2022 – get tickets, let’s get the shows on the road and get back to enjoying live music.

“There is a proverbial party of live music, with a plethora of diverse and interesting events. throughout the year.

“There are still many more announcements to come from us over the next couple of months, including the exciting and eclectic lineup of Connect, the full program for the brand new Colourboxx festival in Glasgow; more shows and the full line-ups for The Big Top in Edinburgh and the next headliner for Dundee Summer Sessions, plus a few more artists for TRNSMT as well.