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Last updated: 22 June

The following information has been collated with the intention of helping any community music group leaders or participants to consider the risks and requirements involved in returning to community group music making 'in real life'. 

It is important to note that the collation of this information is ongoing, that it is subject to change and is intended for guidance only. 

Key points:

  1. The COVID-19 environment is uncertain and changing quickly 
  2. As it seems the curve is flattened, people are keen to get onto a new-normal way of working. This may lead to complacency about the risks
  3. We may be seeing a second wave
  4. CMVic advises people to follow the advice of public health experts who know the Victorian context, and government guidelines that are based on their advice
  5. CMVic cannot advise people exactly what to do as unique context/circumstances are important
  6. CMVic does advise people to look at the date and origin of any sources of info
  7. There may be COVID-19 training courses that leaders can access, e.g. through local government
  8. CMVic will keep an up to date reading list of resources as we become aware of them


Source and Date


Unsure how frequently this is updated.

Last accessed 22/06/2020

Arts and Culture
Return-to-Business Guidelines from Creative Vic:


Many of the actions here (e.g. routine cleaning, signage, number of patrons) will be for the venue to attend to.

For a music leader there are relevant guidelines on, for example, what to tell participants,  collecting and keeping contact details at every session, what to clean and disinfect before and after a session, setting up physical distancing, increasing ventilation.

Currently these guidelines advise at least 1.5 m between performers and between audience and performers, and 4 sq m per person. 

NB circumstances differ and we all have to do our own risk assessment and management… the guide aims to tell us how.

18 June 2020

Music Victoria & VMDO COVID-19
Guidance Note for Live Music Venues:

Based on the above.

Updated 14 June 2020
ABC: When and how can choirs sing again without becoming 'super spreaders'?


Good read on the higher risks of singing together. Conclusion is to play it safe and wait until there is ‘virtually zero community transmission’ to get back to business.



2 June 2020

Association of British Choral Directors (Abcd UK)
publishes research conclusions on the impact of
COVID-19 on Choral Activity



Includes the warning that they  ‘can give no definitive advice on this. We are presenting the current scientific thinking and examples of practice elsewhere, but circumstances inevitably differ. If and when Government guidance relating to gatherings of people permits the resumption of choral activities, it will be for individual choirs and conductors make their own risk assessment, based on the scientific advice, according to circumstance.


27 May 2020

COVID-19: The future of Choral Singing in Australia

About Gondwana webinar Back to choir: positive and practical next steps


NATS Panel of Experts Lays Out Sobering Future for Singers: "No Vaccine, No Safe Public Singing"



These experts claim there’s no safe distance for singing, and masks don't help






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