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What is the Evidence?
It is clear there is a lot of concern about the transmission of infectious diseases through the air and upon contact with surfaces, particularly in the light of the current COVID 19 pandemic.
Often rehearsals, lessons, coaching & chamber performances can take place in small enclosed spaces, not allowing an appropriate distance between the performer and those working with them. HM Government currently recommends that this distance is 2 metres between people from different households with this changing to 1m+ being adopted 'with mitigations'. Guidance on performance and rehearsal has also recently been updated.
These issues facing our industry have been particularly highlighted by the emergence of COVID 19, which is carried in droplets (& most probably in aerosols) expelled by infected persons.
The latest epidemiology has been interpreted by various bodies, including governments and many recommend physical barriers between musicians and those around them can help mitigate against the risk of infection (much as there is a benefit to wearing a mask). There is an additional benefit of increased confidence in those wanting to engage in musical activities. This is in addition to other methods of mitigation such as good ventilation, mask wearing (in certain circumstances), sanitising touch points and hand hygiene. The Royal School of Church Music, for instance, has recommended the use of Perspex/Acrylic screening as a suitable mitigation method for music making/performance in worship. The Scottish Government has recommended similar measure for performances more generally. In addition there is a recently published (but as yet non peer reviewed, UK study into voice and COVID 19 risks as well as updated guidance for schools on co and extra-curricular activities).
If we are to bounce back (getting back to working physically), which is surely better than working in the virtual world, then; we need to find ways to mitigate risk, making it manageable for all parties.*
Groups such as The Incorporated Society of Musicians have lobbied for HM Government research and advice on how to best mitigate any risks in music making with regard to COVID 19 and guidance continues to be updated. We recommend that you continue to consult the latest guidance and advice as it is continually changing.
We recommend that you follow updates from industry associations or trade bodies including: The Department for Education, The Musicians' Union, The Incorporated Society of Musicians and Royal School of Church Music.
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* Initial research into droplet and aerosol transmission has now been carried out in the UK and further such studies are due in future months, the evidence base continues to develop. The UK Government advice, and those of the devolved administrations continues to evolve as autumn progresses. We recommend that you consult the resources suggested on this website, to help you make informed choices and assessments for your specific circumstances. You must also take account of government guidance and advice in your country of residence. (13/10/20)
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