Keeping Safe at a Rehearsal

Singing in enclosed spaces is one of the best ways to spread respiratory diseases like COVID, Influenza, Common Colds, Coughs etc. so it is important for everyone’s health that we follow some simple rules when we are singing so we all keep safe and well. By attending a rehearsal we are all agreeing to the following rules:

  • Every member of the choir should be vaccinated and have taken a lateral flow test within 24hours of attending every rehearsal.
  • If you are at all unwell, please do not attend a rehearsal even if you test negative.
  • If you do unfortunately become infected with Covid within 5 days of attending a rehearsal, please email the chairman. We will treat all information confidentially and will not divulge any personal information to choir members or external agencies.
  • Normal masks to be worn on entry and exit and generally when moving about the building. Optional singing masks are available if anyone would like one. Singing remains the biggest risk in terms of spreading diseases and SARS COVI 2 Delta variant.
  • Seats will be staggered and at least 1m apart to provide space all around each person. Do not move the seats to be nearer someone even if they are in your bubble.
  • The rehearsal space will be well ventilated with open windows, doors and forced ventilation from the heat pumps. You may still need to wear your coat in the winter!
  • The chairs we use wont be used for two days before and after we use them so there is no need to wipe them down unless you want to.
  • We have used the latest research to calculate and minimise the risks of singing in our venue so rehearsals and the way we sing will not be the same as before.

Background

Our rehearsal venue is a large space with high ceilings and lots of ventilation which allows us to minimise the risks. To find out more about how we assessed the safety of our venues, you can look at the tools supplied by MIT in the USA ( http://web.mit.edu/bazant/www/COVID-19/ ). A lot of work has also been done by singers to develop singing masks ( details can be found here – https://www.broadwayreliefproject.com/singersmask ). The choir have done everything in it’s power to make the rehearsal space as safe as possible and minimise the risk to everyone by providing these simple rules.