Support during the pandemic

Advice, guidance and information provided to help our members during the coronavirus crisis

Locally, Classical Sheffield members have responded to the pandemic in a variety of ways, from supportive communication to ambitious virtual performances and recordings, and everything in between.

We have set up this new area of our website to help members navigate their way through all the guidance and advice about how to operate during the pandemic, and to share ideas and resources. Information will be added as it becomes available, but in the meantime here's a list of links to sources of information, advice and guidance.

The Most Recent Advice on Performing Arts Rehearsals - 19 July 2021

England moved to step 4 of the roadmap on 19 July and most restrictions have been lifted.

Basically, amateur groups may now meet to rehearse, with no restrictions re social distancing and - crucially for choirs - no restrictions on numbers of singers.

DCMS have confirmed that as per previous announcements:

  • There will be no limits on the number of people that can gather to rehearse indoors or outdoors. This includes choirs.
  • The need to socially distance has been removed.

However, the move to step 4 and easing of restrictions does not mean risk of Covid has disappeared, and groups will still need measures in place to ensure they are providing a safe environment. DCMS have not updated their arts sector specific guidance for step 4. Instead the government has published Events and Attractions guidance that covers how to operate at step 4 and from 19 July.

Although it does not reference amateur music making, venues and groups organising activities in those venues should refer to the Events and Attractions guidance. It contains guidance on mitigations to help reduce the spread of the virus, with six priority actions:

  1. Complete a health and safety risk assessment that includes risks from COVID-19.
  2. Turn people with COVID-19 symptoms away.
  3. Provide adequate ventilation.
  4. Clean more often.
  5. Enable people to check in at your venue to track any infections.
  6. Communicate and train.

Making Music have very usefully summarised what music makers need to do, both to organise rehearsals and to plan and present a performance. You will find the guidance at Making Music / Resources / Can My Group Get Back In Person

Useful resources during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Useful Websites and Advice

  • Making Music
    Most member groups are also members of Making Music, a charity that provides resources, help and support to music groups across the country. Making Music provides a wealth of resources relating to Covid-19, in a members-only area, so you will need to know the user name and password connected with your choir, orchestra or ensemble.
  • Performing Arts Guidance from the Government (updated 17 August 2021)
    Here you will find all the official guidance for people who work in performing arts, including arts organisations, venue operators and participants.
  • Guidance on the coronavirus for charities
    Guidance to help with running your charity during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
  • Guidance from NCVO
    Covid-19 guidance from NCVO, which helps voluntary organisations across the country
  • Covid-19 advice from Voluntary Action Sheffield
    VAS has provided support and leadership for the voluntary sector for over 90 years. They help groups to focus their energy on making a difference with people.

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