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Events Protection Levels and Funding Update

Fri 4 Jun 21

On Tuesday (1 June) the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, confirmed further changes to restrictions across Scotland, meaning an increase in capacity numbers for events in some local authorities and funding support for those remaining at their current Level.

From 00:01 on Saturday 5 June, the following local authorities will move to Level one: Highland, Argyll & Bute, Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Angus, Perth & Kinross, Falkirk, Fife, Inverclyde, East Lothian, West Lothian, West Dunbartonshire, Dumfries & Galloway and Scottish Borders. All islands currently in Level one will move to Level zero at the same time. Under the previously announced guidance, events taking place in these local authorities will be allowed a maximum capacity of:

  • Level zero –Indoors: 400; Outdoors seated: 2,000; Outdoors free-standing: 1,000
  • Level one – Indoors: 200; Outdoors seated: 1,000; Outdoors free-standing: 500

Meanwhile, Glasgow will move to Level two at 00.01 on Saturday 5 June, and Edinburgh, Midlothian, Dundee, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, North, South and East Ayrshire, North and South Lanarkshire, Clackmannanshire and Stirling will continue to remain at Level two. Events taking place in these areas will have maximum capacities of 100 for indoors, 500 outdoors seated and 250 for outdoors free-standing.

Event organisers looking to have a higher number of attendees than currently permitted with the framework are still able to apply to their local authorities by following the Scottish Government's Coronavirus (COVID-19) stadia and live events guidance, which sets out the process.

To support those businesses in Level 2 areas, including those in the wedding and events sector, Economy Secretary Kate Forbes announced an additional £12 million of funding.

There’s also £25 million to support the culture sector through the second round of the Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund and the Culture Organisations and Venues Recovery Fund. This will be targeted at those who previously received support from these funds and those who were eligible but did not get support.

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