This page was last updated on 13 September-2021
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PLEASE NOTE! As the situation is again changing rapidly, we ask that you refer directly to the DHHS website for the most recent updates to current restrictions.
What's on this page:
- Current restrictions
- COVID-19 Risk Assessment Aids for Choirs (and Bands**)
- Other guidance
- Advocate for community music
Community Music Victoria is actively speaking to Victorian Government representatives about a best practice, safe return to community music-making as restrictions ease across regional and metropolitan areas of the state.
Please refer to the DHHS website or call the Coronavirus hotline: 1800 675 398
- You must wear a face mask at all times, unless an exception applies.
COVID Safe Requirements
Venues and facilities have specific requirements such as operating with a COVIDSafe Plan, density limits (maximum numbers of people allowed in a space), cleaning and QR record keeping for contract tracing.
Entertainment and culture workers and businesses can access Industry Restart Guidelines on the Arts and entertainment services sector guidance page of the DHHS website.
The following is not an 'official' risk assessment for choirs, but has been put together by CMVic to help choirs (and bands) make their own decisions about how they meet to practice. The expectation is that each group has its own particular circumstances, and that they will want to decide collectively what feels right for them. The specific in the table are mostly common sense, but are consistent with results published in El Pais which were derived from this freeware modelling software.
"Any activity where people may expel a lot of air and possibly fine droplets of saliva, such as coughing, sneezing, singing or playing a wind instrument, has the potential to spread COVID-19. In this way, singing and playing certain instruments may be comparable to coughing. When people do these things in groups, the likelihood of the virus being present and spread is increased. The design of wind instruments, which includes flutes, clarinets, recorders, oboes and bassoons, has the potential to allow droplets to be expelled into the air. In the case of brass instruments such as trumpets, trombones and French horns, the droplets may be more likely to remain inside the instrument. While we are not aware of an outbreak associated with playing wind instruments, there have been outbreaks associated with choirs and group singing." (source: https://bandnsw.com/covid-19-coronavirus-statement/)
As restrictions ease and we are able to congregate in small numbers, it is important that all community music activities adhere to the Victorian Government COVID Safe guidelines at every step towards Covid Recovery and anyone who answers “yes” to any of the following questions should not attend a community music group:
- Do you have any cold, flu or fever symptoms?
- Have you returned from overseas in the past 2 weeks?
- Have been in contact with anyone with Covid-19?
- Are you awaiting test results for Covid-19?
- Have you visited a Covid restricted area within the last 2 weeks?
In addition to this:
- Hand sanitising should be available
- Proper sanitising and cleaning should be done before, during and after sessions.
- Record keeping should be maintained
We strongly encourage you to advocate for community music by sending a message to DHHS, thanking them for the advice issued so far, and requesting that they regularly keep arts and entertainment advice up to date as things change. Community music is a vital pathway for the wellbeing of many communities, and so it's essential that professional health care workers regularly review what's safe for singers and instrumentalists who want to meet together for social contact and fun.
You can do this through their website here: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/website-feedback