Music groups can rehearse and perform!

Choirs and instrumental groups can at last meet to rehearse and perform

On 19 July England moved to step 4 of the roadmap and most restrictions were lifted. So at long last music makers can get together to sing and play, both for rehearsals and performances, 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 (including choirs), and the need to socially distance has been removed.

However, Covid is still with us, and groups will still need measures in place to ensure they are providing a safe environment. Music makers must heed the advice given in Events and Attractions guidance on the Government's website. This contains guidance on what groups need to do to 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.

Happy music making!

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