Return to rehearsals – Covid guidelines

Dear Choir Member

We thought it advisable to reacquaint you all with our Covid practises for our return to rehearsals on the 11th January.

From the Government Website:

“Singing

There is a reasonable excuse for someone to remove a face covering when it is reasonably necessary for them to sing, for example, if they are singing as part of a choir, or during a service, rehearsal or for a performance.

This does not extend to circumstances where it is not reasonably necessary to sing. For example, it may not be reasonably necessary for someone to sing whilst shopping, on public transport, or whilst in an in-scope setting such as a cinema, theatre or library.

This change allows those who are taking part in activities where singing is reasonably necessary to choose to remove their face covering if they prefer while singing.

I attach the Gov website link so that you can put the above into context as we are now required by law to wear masks in most indoor public places.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

Rehearsal guidelines:

  • Whilst it is not compulsory to wear face coverings in a choir setting under the Government’s current guidelines, anyone who wishes to wear a face covering is perfectly entitled to do so.
  • Please take a lateral flow test before attending any rehearsal. 
  • If at any time you are feeling unwell, please do not attend rehearsal.
  • Please wear a face covering when entering and leaving the building and if you have cause to move around the building during rehearsals – e.g. going to the toilet.
  • Please use the hand sanitisers provided on entering and leaving the building.
  • Please take your seats immediately after registration – do not mingle!
  • Please leave the building promptly at the end of rehearsals – do not mingle!  Have your chats outside in the fresh air.
  • FINALLY: Please ensure that you dress appropriately as doors and windows will be open to allow flow of fresh air.

By following these guidelines it is hoped that we will all stay as safe as we possibly can, in our choir setting, in these challenging times.

We look forward to seeing you on the 11th.