COVID MANAGEMENT - NEXT STEPS - Hallmark of Harmony, Horizon 2020

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Posted By: Phil Gill
Status: Current
Date Posted: Tue, 25 Jan 2022
COVID MANAGEMENT – NEXT STEPS 

Why are we reviewing our safety measures?

Exec is responding to:-
  1. Changes in government rules and advice from 27 January 2022
  2. Increasing evidence that the Omicron variant of Covid is less likely to lead to hospitalisation and death than previous variants
  3. Experience of running rehearsals with current restrictions in place
  4. Feedback from members.
Consequently, it is felt that a phased easing of current measures can take place, starting next Tuesday, 1st February 2022, to make attending rehearsals easier and more productive.  However, it is important to balance these benefits against risk; Covid remains a threat to the health of members and to their ability to participate in rehearsals in the run-up to the March show. 

What is changing from 1st February?

Members will no longer have to wear a mask while singing, but may choose to do so.  We believe that relaxing this rule will improve coaching at rehearsals, as directors will be able to hear and see chorus members more clearly.  We also believe that by keeping all other safety measures in place for the time being, we will be able to manage risk to an acceptable level. This change applies to both Tuesday and Horizon rehearsals. Note, however, that Wesley Hall still requires people to wear face masks when moving about the building. 

Your revised pre-rehearsal checklist
  1. Almost all members have already supplied their Covid passes to us, to show they are fully vaccinated, or have immunity through recent infection with Covid.  However, if you have not yet done so, please send your Covid Pass for travel  (as it lists all your jabs) to Shirley Course. (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/get-digital-covid-pass/)
  2. Take a lateral flow test in the 12 hours* before each rehearsal, and either register the result via  https://www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result or take a photo of it.  Then send the NHS result confirmation email/text or photo to Phil Gill before the rehearsal, or show on arrival. (* if you have to take a lateral flow test for work or any other reason just outside the 12 hours before rehearsal, we may be able to accept the result of that test instead.  This is because of possible difficulties obtaining sufficient LFTs.  Please contact Phil Gill if this applies to you). 
  3. Stay away from rehearsals and performances if you have any of the following common symptoms of Covid:- 
Runny nose Sore throat
Headache Persistent cough
Fatigue Fever
Sneezing Loss of taste and/or smell

Comments or questions?
If you have any questions or comments about this change, please send to Phil Gill.  Thank you.