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 (potentially) metropolitan areas of the state. (September 30, 2020).
As we continue to learn about COVID-19 transmission, it is preferable to take a precautionary approach to protect the community until further information becomes available.
Before you decide how to proceed, check the advice and what the legal requirements are:
- From 11.59pm on Wednesday 16 September Third Step restrictions apply throughout regional Victoria.
- From 11:59pm on Sunday 13 September First Step restrictions apply in metropolitan Melbourne.
The recommendations in the table below are suggestions only for a return to community music-making. If you would like more clarity, we suggest you lobby your local government representative directly.
"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/)
At this point, mask-wearing is MANDATORY in Victoria.
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 Coved-19?S
- 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.