Hathersage Choir will return on Monday 6th September from 7.30 and we welcome all who wish to sing. We aim to keep to certain guidelines that will hopefully keep us all safe. Thanks must be acknowledged to Lesley and the committee for putting together the following advice. Please study it beforehand so that you are clear about what to do. Sing safe! Covid-19 Guidance for rehearsals
It is with great pleasure that we welcome back choir members from the 6th September and we will have an opportunity to hear about the future plans and share ideas at the AGM on the 13th September. All members have a personal responsibility for their own health and wellbeing and must make their own decision about whether to attend rehearsals and we understand and fully support those who may never return or who may return in the future.In the meantime, we want all choir members to understand what measures we, as a committee, will put in place to ensure the safety of us all during the current pandemic. We take our duty of care seriously, and whilst being double vaccinated is hugely beneficial to all, it does not prevent transmission and we know the virus can be passed on asymptomatically. The guidelines below have been created in accordance with current official guidelines and will be reviewed as necessary should the nature of the pandemic or the guidance change or if there are any local outbreaks.
Protection of members We want to initially do our best to ensure that no one attends a rehearsal if they have or suspect they may have Covid 19. Therefore, anyone who has a positive PCR or lateral flow test, has come into contact with someone who has tested positive or is infected, has been asked or advised to self-isolate, is quarantining after a holiday or feels unwell, is requested not to attend a rehearsal. We ask that members take a lateral flow test before attending but this is a personal choice.
Once we are in the building we want to reduce the risk of any asymptomatic transmission. The attendance secretary will ensure a note of all attendees is taken so that we can inform all attendees should someone subsequently be known to have tested positive. Everyone is asked to let the attendance secretary know if they do test positive after a rehearsal. We ask all members to follow the guidelines below. We do reserve the right to ask someone to leave if we believe they are showing a flagrant disregard for these protocols after an initial reminder of the requirements.
Hand Sanitiser Hand sanitiser will be available at entrance. We ask all who enter the building to use the sanitiser provided.
Entering & exiting the building, Main Hall and Lawrence Hall. A one-way system is in place for entering/exiting and moving around the building. This helps ensure that there is reduced congestion of people passing in opposite directions either coming in or leaving the Main Hall and Lawrence Hall.
Wearing of face masks We respectfully request that face masks are worn, unless exempt, when a choir member is moving around the building.
Refreshments Choir members are requested to bring their own drinks as the kitchen will not be open for refreshments.
Toilets Choir members must exit the Main Hall through the Lawrence Hall in order to get to the toilets. They must then return to the main hall via the doorway opposite the toilets, near the main entrance. (This will also apply to those returning to the Lawrence Hall) We ask that there are no more than 2 people in the toilet at any one time. We respectfully remind people of the importance of washing their hands. The committee will ensure there is always hand soap and paper towels available.
Seating arrangements for the choir The need for social distancing has been removed but we will take precautions when setting up the Halls to ensure we do not face each other when singing and that there is a small space between each seat. The Main Hall and The Lawrence Hall have been booked to give us flexibility and space during rehearsals.
Kate and Carol are taking personal steps to protect themselves and will remain at least 2m socially distanced from the singers.
Ventilation Ventilation is key in crowded public spaces and as many windows as is possible will be open.