COVID-19 POLICIES & REHEARSAL PROTOCOLS 2021-2022

The last 2 years have been difficult on many levels and we know that music and singing together are so important to us all, providing community connections and positive mental health benefits. We remain committed to providing an environment which enables the joy of singing, while maintaining a safe experience for choristers, staff, and volunteers alike.

Our staff and board of directors continue to look at evidence based strategies to promote health and safety, and adjustments have been implemented to safely deliver our programs. 

The following is a living document, subject to change according to the most current research and/or municipal and provincial government and public health guidelines.

1. PRIORITIES:

i) Safety

The CCC believes that all members of the organization play a very important role in keeping other singers, directors, accompanists and staff safe. Although individual families may have different routines at home with respect to the control of the spread of COVID-19, the CCC is prioritizing safety for our choristers, families, staff and volunteers. 

ii) Maintaining our ability to hold in-person rehearsals

We believe by implementing the multi-layered approach described below, we will have the best chance of maintaining in-person rehearsals and the least likelihood of disruptions related to quarantining.

2. IN-PERSON REHEARSAL PROTOCOLS

We ask for your adherence to the following protocols below:

i) Stay home if you are sick. This includes singers and staff. Complete the COVID symptom checklist prior to each rehearsal. You should stay home if you can answer yes to any of the following questions:

  • Are you currently awaiting the result of a COVID-19 test or have you received a positive COVID-19 test result in the past 10 days?
  • Have you been in close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have you been instructed by AHS to self-isolate?
  • Do you have a fever of 38 degrees celsius or higher?
  • Do you have difficulty breathing, cough, sore throat,  runny nose or feel unwell?
  • Have you lost your sense of taste or smell?
  • Have you returned from outside of Canada in the past 14 days?

ii) Physical distancing.  Chairs will be distanced for rehearsals (this actually makes for better singing overall!)

iii) Hand-sanitizing when entering the building.

iv) Masks must be worn over the mouth and nose at all times until March 1, 2022. Due to changes in provincial and municipal guidelines masking will no longer be required at choir but we strongly encourage choristers to consider the benefits of masking ie, protection of fellow choristers and staff who may be immunocompromised and preventing the spread of infection in our choir and thereby protecting in-person rehearsals.

v) Sharing of music, pencils, food and beverages is not permitted.

vi) Vaccination. It is the belief of the CCC that vaccination for those eligible is part of a return to normalcy and evidence shows that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Vaccination proof or proof of a negative result required for all choristers over the age of 18, staff and volunteers.

vii) Audiences at concerts and family members wishing to wait in the building during rehearsals:  will require proof of vaccination or of a negative test result.  If the concert venue has stricter restrictions in place, those will be followed.

viii) Ventilation. Whenever possible, doors and windows will be opened to the rehearsal rooms to provide fresh air.

3. IN-PERSON VS. VIRTUAL LEARNING

CCC will continue with all evidence based practices. Policy changes will be made by the manager in consultation with the artistic director and board of directors and will be based upon local guidelines, as well as current research and best practices in choral education as it pertains to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, staff and singer illness may impact decisions. If rehearsals transition to online, refunds for payments may be considered depending on what point in the season the transition occurs.

4. ADDITIONAL NOTES;

  • Thank you to singers and families for following all directions.
  • Please be on time for the start and end of rehearsal to allow for an efficient use of class time. When possible, please have your child use the restroom before coming to rehearsal.
  • Avoid touching your face. If you must touch your face: the safe way to do so is to sanitize your hands immediately before and immediately after.
  • Parents, please review respiratory and hand hygiene with your child on a regular basis.
  • Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available as needed.

5. SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES:

Tour:  In the event of a tour (Grades 5 – age 21), all touring members must be fully vaccinated, if eligible, for COVID-19. There will be no exceptions to this rule.

Camp: This applies to Juniors (CJC), Children’s (CCC) & Youth (CYC) choirs only. In addition to other prevention measures such as physical distancing and masking indoors, choristers will be grouped in small cohorts throughout camp to limit exposure to others. 

COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus. Despite all reasonable efforts made by CCC, it is possible that singers may be exposed to COVID-19 and other infections while engaging in choir related activities.