Returning to Rehearsals 05/01/2022

Returning to Rehearsals 05/01/2022

Sing Ireland appreciates that there will inevitably be different comfort levels amongst singers, conductors and committees in the current circumstances as they look to return to their choirs and singing groups. Singing groups and choirs will also be seeking clarity on what the current guidelines mean for their rehearsals/performances. We have sought clarification, which is provided below.

The following information and guidelines are taken from Gov.ie HERE

The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media has also advised the following to Sing Ireland:

The guidelines state that; No indoor events, including entertainment, cultural, community and sporting events, will take place after 8pm.

An event is different to an activity (e.g. Choir rehearsals), and is not mentioned in the new guidelines, however groups will have to decide if their activity continuing after 8pm is in line with the ‘spirit’ of the above guidance.

Therefore, each singing group must make its own decision as to whether and when to start in-person rehearsals again this new year.

For Group Activities (e.g. rehearsals)

Organisers of indoor and outdoor group activities should ensure that appropriate protective measures are in place, and where indoor groups have a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated people indoors, pods of 6 should apply.

For children under 18, the “pod of 6” system can be adjusted to allow for indoor games and competition activities only, with all other protective measures remaining in place.

The “pod of 6” system should be retained for all other settings such as training activities and games as part of training. Fixed capacity limits will not apply to these indoor and outdoor group activities.

Multiple pods will be permissible subject to protective measures.

Number of pods will have regard to the size of the venue and substantial social distance between individual pods. For further information on pods please see HERE.

For Events (e.g. concerts)

Indoor events

No indoor events, including entertainment, cultural, community and sporting events, will take place after 8pm. In relation to events happening earlier in the day, attendance should be limited to 50% of venue capacity or 1,000 attendees, whichever is the lower. This includes cinemas. This does not affect religious, educational or normal workplace business activity and business events (for example: conferences, trade fairs)

Outdoor events

Attendance at outdoor events, including entertainment, cultural, community and sporting events, should be limited to 50% of venue capacity or 5,000 attendees, whichever is the lower.

Protective Measures:

However, Sing Ireland has identified the risk mitigation measures that may be necessary and would recommend the below measures be considered by singing groups.

Protective measures may include risk mitigations including masks, social distance, hand hygiene, cleaning, ventilation, one-way systems, information for contact tracing, and the appointment of a risk assessment or covid officer.

Groups will need to be aware of if they return to indoor group activities, is they will be required to check vaccine and immunity status as different regulations apply to fully vaccinated/recovered groups and those with mixed immunity. Information on checking vaccine and recovery certs can be found HERE

NOTE: you cannot ask an individual to provide information about their immunity status prior to arriving at an activity due to GDPR regulations. Using the covid cert checker retains no information.

Performances

As advised by the The Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media

"Performers would not be expected to wear a facemask while performing but it is advisable however to keep the front 3 rows empty because of the nature of the activity and the potential for droplet dispersal.

It is recommended performers wear masks when not performing and when moving around the auditorium for example coming on and off the stage."

Some helpful resources around performances and concerts

https://theatreforum.ie/forum-...

https://www.artscouncil.ie/cov...

https://covid19.failteireland....

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Published 5 January 2022
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