Specific recommendations apply to singing, choirs and playing musical instruments in groups.
Due to additional risks of spreading the virus linked to choir rehearsals and the playing of wind musical instruments (trumpets, trombones, flutes and so on), extra precautions are advised for groups involving these. Practice, teaching and performance should be outdoors if possible and with strict adherence to 2 metre physical distancing advice. Additional protective measures such as screens, instrument covers and face coverings may be used to help reduce the risk further for those taking part in these activities.
Previously issued Government advice still stands and should be strictly adhered to whilst also adhering to the advice on the numbers for gatherings of people indoors and outdoors as described at each level of the current 5-level Government Plan.
Sing Ireland has sought clarification of the implications for group singing and choirs following the announcement by the Irish Government on 15th September 2020. (Refer to announcement here >)
It has been confirmed to Sing Ireland that an ‘organised environment’ is any environment that can take account of restrictions and so choirs and singing groups who can follow public health advice for singing will be in a position to gather in person so long as they adhere to restrictions and take individual responsibility for risk assessment and risk mitigation measures.
The venue that the singing group rehearses in will dictate whether risk mitigation measures can be fully complied with but that will be for each individual singing group to assess.
Sing Ireland has provided a Risk Assessment Guide as part of its advice for group singing >
The assessment should consider the risk factors for getting COVID-19.
Facilities should observe physical distancing guidelines and apply the public health checklist to their operation. Guidance on mass gatherings should also be followed.
The assessment should also include controls such as managed entry, improved hygiene facilities, and regular cleaning to limit these.
Please continue to follow all Government Covid-19 Public Health Advice.