Changes in government rules and advice from 27 January 2022
Increasing evidence that the Omicron variant of Covid is less likely to lead to hospitalisation and death than previous variants
Experience of running rehearsals with current restrictions in place
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.
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).
Stay away from rehearsals and performances if you have any of the following common symptoms of Covid:-
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.