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COVID-19 Rehearsal Guidelines

Rules for returning to in-person rehearsals
Approved by Committee 2nd August 2021

We’re all responsible for following these rules to make rehearsals safe and enjoyable for everyone. By meeting we’re assuming a collective responsibility for each other’s safety. Please see our risk register for further information.

In all cases

Singers must remember that their decision to attend choir is made at their own risk as the group's and the venue's safety measures cannot reduce risk of contracting COVID-19 to zero.

The committee strongly advises all who attend any chorus event:

  • to receive full doses of an approved vaccine, to reduce the risk of someone bringing COVID-19 to rehearsal;
  • to take two lateral flow tests each week, including one within the 24 hours before rehearsal;
  • to stay away from rehearsal with any kind of respiratory illness, including coughs and colds.

Indoors

  • Singers are advised to activate the NHS Track and Trace app on their phone with them at rehearsal.

In the building:

  • Keep 2 m separation between members of different households/bubbles.
  • Everyone attending rehearsal must wear masks at all times indoors. If you are exempt from wearing a mask, please inform the committee or welfare coordinator privately.
  • Rehearsal length will be determined with reference to the CO2 concentration in the air1).
  • Anyone attending rehearsal must confirm by attendance form or on the door that, in the last 14 days:
    • They've had no symptoms or a positive test;
    • They've had no close contact with anyone who has symptoms or a positive test;
    • They aren't being asked to self-isolate after travel or contact with an infected person.
  • Singers should bring their own refreshments such as bottled water or a thermos; hot water will not be available, though singers may choose to use the cold taps to refill bottles at their own risk.
  • Singers should avoid using toilets at break times to reduce bunching up; it's fine to go (leaving space around others) during the singing.
  • Singers must keep their personal belongings in one area and must not touch the belongings of others.
  • Singers may use only their own copies of the music.

Finally:

  • Anyone attending rehearsal is required to tell the committee if they develop symptoms or have a positive test between rehearsals, so that we can advise others who were present.

Outdoors

  • Keep 2 m separation between members of different households/bubbles, or 1 m with masks.
  • Rehearsals will be shortened to 1 hour to protect voices.
  • Singers should bring their own refreshments such as bottled water or a thermos.
  • Singers must keep their personal belongings in one area and must not touch the belongings of others.
  • Singers may use only their own copies of the music.
  • Singers should be prepared for light rain; if it is predicted to be heavy, the rehearsal may be called off at 5 pm.
1)
We will aim to keep to under 800 ppm, as advised by the Health and Safety Executive.
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