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Working safely as lockdown eases
Date posted: 16 July 2020
As lockdown eases and members are finding new ways of working within their community, we want to update you on your Sound Sense Public Liability Insurance. We have been in touch with our insurer, who confirms that, as long as members are complying with the government guidelines for re-opening, then the PLI policy will operate as normal.

Please note that the government guidelines look different depending on where you operate in the UK, as the rules differ in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. Please make sure you check the rules applicable to your country. We also recommend that you carry out a full risk assessment of your activity, to ensure you cover yourself and the people you work with.

Colleagues across the UK and beyond have been working hard to develop resources to help music practitioners better assess risk in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through our role in the ArtWorks Alliance network for participatory arts, we are collating a list of resources to help community music practitioners and organisations develop their risk assessment and management procedures. 



Guidance for DCMS sectors in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19)
Includes performing arts, outdoor events, libraries, museums, heritage, youth sector, sport & recreation, gyms/leisure facilities
Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

COVID-19: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities (including community centres and village halls)


ArtWorks Cymru has a dedicated page on its website bringing together official guidance: from the Welsh Government for culture and heritage destinations and venues for a phased return; for people who work in performing arts, including arts organisations, venue operators and participants; and for re-opening village and community halls (from Third Sector Support Wales).


The Scottish Government guidance documents are set out here including those for creative studios and shared workspaces; events; museums, galleries and heritage attractions; libraries; and community learning and development sector. Plus there’s a culture and creative support document.


Northern Ireland

Arts Council NI have a page for coronavirus advice that’s regularly updated.


General interest

Creative Scotland   If you scroll down this page you will see the risk assessment template for projects Creative Scotland requires for the Open Fund, which includes a separate risk assessment and COVID-19 assessment.



Our colleagues at the Musicians’ Union have produced detailed guidance for music teachers following the July updates to government advice for England. Note that you do not need to be an MU member to access this advice



Freiburg University of Music, Germany   Risk assessment of a coronavirus infection in the field of music – third update of 1 July 2020



Our colleagues at Music Mark have produced an excellent guide for music services and other music education providers planning activities in schools, including guidance on cleaning instruments made from delicate and/or natural materials that are likely to be damaged by common disinfectant products:



Kate Fellows, Head of Learning and Access at Leeds Museums & Galleries recently delivered a presentation on Spaces for Learning: Covid Secure learning and engagement with groups for ArtWorks Alliance members. Available to download below, the presentation slides provide a useful starting point for anyone starting to think about the safety issues involved for groups sharing spaces and handling objects.