14 Mar 2020
Following the emergence of Coronavirus in the UK, we (Making Music) have received a few calls and emails asking about how it might impact music groups.
The first thing to know is that the current number of cases in the UK is very low, and the current risk level in the UK is moderate. As such there's no need to panic and no current reason for music groups to stop operating in the usual way. So that you can carry on with rehearsals and concerts, here are some practical and useful things you can do to help, and to give confidence to your group and audiences:
· Remind everyone that hand washing for 20 seconds is one of the most effective measures to contain the virus
· Ask members/audiences to wash their hands when they arrive from outside and before and after refreshment breaks
· Ask members/audiences to not shake hands or kiss
· Remind people to sneeze or cough into a tissue which they immediately put in the bin (and then wash their hands); if they don’t have a tissue to hand, sneeze or cough into the crook of their arm
· Make sure soap, hand sanitizer, tissues and paper towels are available
· Ask that members don’t attend rehearsal if they have any symptoms of a respiratory illness or flu.
· Ask that members don’t attend rehearsals if they are returning from a country at high risk (category 1 or 2) or have been in contacting with some who has
Cancelling events: Most queries have been about whether to cancel events or not. As of 9 March, there has been no public health announcement suggesting that events should be cancelled, so there's no requirement to do this.
At this stage, cancelling events has been mentioned only as a possible public health measure that might be taken. If this does arise, it will likely be for large events where international travel is involved (organisers, audience etc) or where there are significant travelling distances within the UK, something that is very unlikely to affect leisure-time music groups.
The situation is changing frequently so to keep up with the latest advice and information, visit the relevant government websites:
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