Safety Rules & Precautions For Choir
updated March 22nd, 2022
We are gearing back up for in-person choir sessions and are so excited to be singing together soon. As singing is considered a “high risk” activity we are taking a variety of precautions to create a safe environment for all members. These protocols may be updated throughout the term in accordance with Ontario’s health safety requirements and recommendations. You will be informed directly anytime we make any changes to the policy.
Earlier in the summer we attended Choral Canada's: We Can Sing Safely, a national webinar discussing updates on the latest research for safe group singing and the use of ventilation in your rehearsal space. Using the valuable information presented in this webinar, Public Health Ontario's recommendations, and your feedback from our survey, we have put together this Covid-19 Policy for the return of our in-person choir sessions. We encourage you to review these guidelines periodically and to respect them. Most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy yourselves!
Kelly McNamee & Alex Fiddes
WHAT ARE WE DOING?
The capacity in the church will be capped to accommodate physical distancing and air circulation.
The chairs and other important surface areas will be thoroughly cleaned before each choir session.
In most of our rehearsal spaces, the churches use state of the art ventilation systems, and the ones that don't will engage in thorough natural ventilation. Each location will specify which ventilation protocol we'll use. In addition, during every session we will be taking a break at the 45 minute mark and the room will be cleared entirely for a few minutes to allow fresh airflow.
We will be engaged in contact tracing via the usual sign in sheet.
We will supply hand Sanitizer and extra masks, however we recommend that you bring your own.
WHAT WE ARE ASKING OF YOU?
Wear a Mask
All in attendance must wear a mask throughout the duration of choir sessions while indoors.
All in attendance must maintain a distance of 2 meters from each other, with the exception of those from the same household or bubble. Chairs will be spaced out accordingly.
Singing poses an added risk to our health, and as a result we are continuing to require all in attendance to be fully vaccinated and will need to show proof of vaccination on the first day. Booster shots are highly recommended.
Stay home if you’re sick
If you have any symptoms of Covid, you must stay home and follow Ontario health guidelines. Virtual sessions will be available every week in case you need to miss a choir session.
No Food or Drink
Any food or non-water drinks are not to be consumed while in the rehearsal space.
Carpooling negates the benefits of our safety protocols so we recommend that all in attendance avoid carpooling.
Don’t forget to have fun! These rules are created out of an abundance of caution. We will be safe as long as we follow the guidelines. Enjoy yourselves!