Live music can return to Wales for the first time since March 2020

The stage has been confirmed for live music to return to Wales.

The Welsh government has given the music venues the green light to start performing live on May 27th.

Due to the nature of the public health restrictions, the venues have not been able to put on shows since the pandemic began.

Announcing the decision on social media, ministers stated that venues would need a full risk assessment before opening their doors.

Venues must have a limit on the size of groups participating in events that meet current indoor guidelines – a maximum of six people from six households per group.

They must also contain disposable systems and follow all current ventilation guidelines.

Social distancing rules apply and face coverings must be worn indoors, unless otherwise.

A complete guide for employers, employees and customers has been published on the Welsh Government website.

A spokesman for the Welsh government said: “After much engagement in the industry, we are pleased to confirm that live performances in Wales can begin again in all environments. Every venue needs a full risk assessment in line with our hospitality and guidance.

“The interruption to live performances and events has been one of the biggest shocks to our well-being and the art industry.

“We will continue to support our music and arts sectors in Wales through our cultural recovery, freelance and economic resilience funds.”

First Minister Mark Drakeford told PA news agency earlier this month that live music venues and nightclubs would not be considered for reopening until “late June and well into July”.

These new instructions apply “only to all hospitality settings defined as music venues, bars, pubs, cafes, restaurants and licensed premises”.

The Welsh Government confirmed that “other items – for example events, festivals – will be considered as part of the next review”.

No date has been given for major venues to reopen with live performances or for events such as outdoor music festivals.

Socially distant concerts have been taking place in England since May 17th.