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NSW Health Update and Guidance amendments 23/9/20


Dear ANCA NSW & ACT Chapter Members and Friends,

This morning Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant released the following new health advice (click here for statement as issued by NSW Health) relating to group singing:
Group singing and musical groups
Group singing and chanting remains a high-risk activity for transmission should someone involved be infected. In order to mitigate this risk, a small group of up to 5 people may sing together in one area if all singers face forwards and not towards each other, have physical distancing of 1.5 metres between each other and any other performers, and 5 metres distancing from all other people in front including the audience and conductor. Group singing of up to 5 people should only take place in a large, well-ventilated (preferably outdoor) setting.
In primary school and preschool settings, in-class educational activities such as group repetition, chanting, recitation or singing may occur, provided this takes place outdoors or in a well-ventilated indoor environment. Teachers must maintain 1.5m physical distancing for these in-class educational activities. This activity is permitted due to the importance of these activities in children’s education and development, and the lower transmission risk between primary students.
Musical instrument ensembles may continue. Players of non-reeded woodwind instruments (such as flutes and recorders) should maintain a physical distance of 3 metres from others in the direction of air flow from their instruments, and 1.5m in all other directions. Players of all other musical instruments (including reeded woodwind instruments) should maintain a physical distance of 1.5m between each other and the audience / conductor. Ensembles and other musical groups should rehearse and perform outdoors or in large, well-ventilated indoor spaces.
ANCA is continuing to work through RIVMEO in an ongoing working group with NSW Health and continues to advocate on behalf of our member choirs and choir directors in this space.

Best wishes,
ANCA NSW & ACT Chapter Committee

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