Your one stop shop for all things Covid / choir related
This page is for active Dulcetones (those who have signed up for in-person choir sessions). Please make sure you are 100% familiar with the very important things we each need to do to keep each other safe, have a browse through the FAQs and if there's anything you need to know that's not covered here, don't hesitate to get in touch.
This information has been updated on 8th September 2021 to reflect current guidelines.
Are we allowed to have in-person choir practice?
In short, YES! All restrictions on choir rehearsals were lifted on 19th July. HOWEVER, The Dulcetones will continue to operate sensible and proprortionate measures as we make tentative steps towards the removal of all Covid restrictions. Our risk assessment has been updated to ensure it is compatible with the newest government guidelines and after extensive consultation with choir leaders across the country, and is available here.
What are the main things I need to personally know/ do? Gimme the headlines Sarah, I'm busy.
1. Make sure you have registered (via contact page if you haven't already). This is super quick and easy, and essential for Test and Trace, even though it's a pain in the bum. 2. Follow the one-way system into the playground, and maintain your distance during rehearsal. 3. Make sure you sign in with one of my Dulce-babes as you arrive (even if you're late) as we need to keep an accurate register every week. 4. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND if you (or anyone in your household) has Covid-19 symptoms, a positive test, or have been asked to isolate by Test and Trace. Report any positive tests to Sarah straight away (anonymously of course). Please refer to the most recent governemnt guidelines if you are in any way unsure. Government guidelines - Covid-19 Stay at Home Guidance 5. Please consider doing a lateral flow test on the day of rehearsal to help reduce asymptomatic spread. (Please note - you will not be required to show proof or sign any disclaimers.) 6. We will rehearse outdoors when the weather lets us, indoors when rubbish. 7. We rehearse in a large and well ventilated space and will be taking a short break half way through each session. 8. Masks / face coverings are NOT mandatory for either outdoor or indoor rehearsals at this stage, however Dulcetones may choose to wear one if they so wish.
What happens if someone tests positive after they've been to choir?
We'll work with the Test and Trace service and follow their guidance to the letter. Records will be kept for a minimum of 21 days. I know this sounds distinctly un-relaxing but hopefully by now we're all used to this from everywhere we go! No-one who should be isolating will be in attendance, and we'll all be keeping our distance (albeit not emotionally). If that someone is you, please contact me straight away (we'll go straight to Test and Trace and it will be anonymous so do not fret my loves). Full info from NHS website
Are we allowed to hug?
I politely request that we chill on that during rehearsals so that we can keep an eye on spacing (lots of people moving around willy nilly would mess up the system somewhat.) Please be sensitive and mindful of those who may be feeling a bit wary, respect everyone's space, and keep moving around to a minimum. Hug only with clear consent!