Happy New Year from Hathersage Choir Choir starts on Monday 10 January
You will be pleased to hear that the new term of Hathersage Choir starts on Monday 10 January at Hathersage Memorial Hall. The committee has discussed this and decided we should go ahead with the new term. We realise that not everyone will feel confident to attend choir rehearsals and would encourage members who feel nervous and vulnerable to stay safe at home until you feel able. We are expecting everyone to familiarise themselves with our covid guidelines which can be found on below. Please note we request having a lateral flow test before a rehearsal.
If you have any questions please contact Ruth Totterdell on our choir email address firstname.lastname@example.org. 100 Carols for Choirs
Chesterfield library have kindly extended the loan of our Carol books. Please bring your copy on Monday so it can be returned. If you are unable to attend please contact me and we will arrange how we can get the book. -------------------------------------------------------------------------
Covid Guidelines 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. Please sign in as you enter the building so that we can contact you if the need arises. 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.