The Scottish government has advised all organisers to cancel or postpone any events involving more than 500 people, both indoors and outdoors.
Holyrood does not have the powers to instruct organisers to cancel events although it says it may have such powers in the future.
In a statement published on March 15, the health secretary said the advice was aimed at protecting the capacity of Scotland’s public services and “is not expected to have a significant impact on the spread of Covid-19, and this is not its purpose”.
The advice applies to mass events involving more than 500 attendees across all sectors – “including sporting events, cultural events, and religious gatherings”.
The Glasgow Pavilion immediately decided on March 15 to postpone or cancel all its remaining performances in March and all performances in April.
Capital Theatres in Edinburgh followed suit on the morning of Monday 16, postponing or cancelling all performances at its King’s, Festival and Studio theatres until the end of April.
Theatres had previously reasoned that the over-500 requirement was to free up emergency personnel – who are not required to attend theatres in the same way they attend other events such as football matches.
The 3,000-seat Edinburgh Playhouse remains open but is expected to issue an updated statement later today. It is run by ATG Theatres, which also runs the Glasgow King’s and Theatre Royal.
Last week, the Byre Theatre in St Andrews, which is part of the University of St Andrews, unilaterally decided to cancel all performances and public events until Sunday 31 May.