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Last updated: 09 September 

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 will be keen to get onto a new-normal way of working. This may lead to complacency about the risks
  3. 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
  4. CMVic cannot advise people exactly what to do as unique context/circumstances are important
  5. CMVic does advise people to look at the date and origin of any sources of info
  6. There may be COVID-19 training courses that leaders can access, e.g. through local government
  7. CMVic will keep an up to date reading list of resources as we become aware of them


Source and Date


September 09 2020

Guidelines for returning to business

Last accessed 09/09/2020

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


Note: Stage 4 restrictions are now in place for metropolitan Melbourne.

From 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 August 2020, regional Victoria returns to Stage 3 'Stay at Home' restrictions.

This means that Victorian arts, cultural and entertainment venues are not able to open. 

Due to the current restrictions, the Arts and Culture Return-to-Business guidelines will be reviewed and republished ahead of venues being able to reopen.

For more information on current restriction levels in Victoria, visit the Department Health and Human Services website.

September 06 2020

Update for Regional Artists and Arts Organisations in Response to Covid-19


The State Government has presented a pathway to ‘COVID normal’ for workplaces.Regional Arts Victoria and the Arts Industry Council of Victoria have participated in a number of roundtable briefing sessions in the last week, and will continue to meet with Government. Call or email if you feel further advice or clarity is needed in your area of work. 

Some information about regional Victoria, including COVIDSafe principles; what the restriction levels mean; and industry breakdowns is available here:

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


7 July 2020

Creativity Australia’s guidelines and risk management processes for returning to singing in person


 Presented by Lydia Griffiths from Creativity Australia in July prior to the increase in current restrictions to Stage 4 (metro) and Stage 3 (regional)





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