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CURRENT GUIDANCE

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Updated guidance to Schools (DFE 28/8/20)

Latest guidance from DFE on Music in schools (within full guidance on reopening of schools)

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GOVERNMENT UPDATE 13/8/2020

Government Update allows small group banding to resume.

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DCMS 17/7/2020

Audiences adhering to social distancing will be able to return to indoor theatres, music and performance venues from 1 August, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced today. (17/7/2020)

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Indoor performances with socially distanced audiences will be able to take place across the country from 1 August

 
 

DCMS  PRESS RELEASE 9TH JULY 2020

This is an extract from the press release.

The full document can be found HERE

Singing and the playing of brass and wind instruments in groups or in front of an audience is limited to professionals only

Press release

Performing Arts given green light to resume outdoors on July 11

Outdoor performances with social distancing can resume from July 11.

Published 9 July 2020

From:

Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP

  • Small pilots of performances indoors with socially distanced audience to take place to inform future plans

  • New government guidance outlines how nation’s beloved theatres and performance venues can get back up and running safely

  • New planning rules to protect theatres, concert halls and live music performance venues

Performing arts can now take place outdoors from 11 July with a socially distanced audience present, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden announced today.

This means that outdoor theatres, opera, dance and music can resume from Saturday so long as they take place outside and with a limited and socially distanced audience. This gives the green light for the likes of outdoor opera at Glyndebourne, Sussex and plays at Cornwall’s Minack Theatre, to go ahead. London’s West End will also return through the Six, The Musical Drive-In.

The Government will also work with the sector to pilot a number of small indoor performances with a social distanced audience to help inform plans about how best to get indoor venues back up and running.

New guidance, published by the Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport today, will help performing arts organisations, venue operators and participants in the UK understand how they can work and take part in the performing arts safely, and keep their audiences safe.

The guidance follows the government’s five-stage roadmap outlining how we will get audiences back into performing arts venues. It provides advice on all aspects of performance, from casting, sound and lighting, costume and fitting, to cloakrooms, orchestra pits, hair and make-up.

Singing and the playing of brass and wind instruments will be permitted in a managed and controlled professional working environment to minimise risk.

The Secretary of State has also commissioned a scientific study on the risks associated with singing and brass instruments which will be done in partnership with Public Health England, professional musicians from the Royal Opera House and the BBC and scientists from Imperial College, London and Bristol University. This will help inform our work on getting the performing arts fully back up and running safely, by testing what can be done safely.


  • Singing and the playing of brass and wind instruments in groups or in front of an audience is limited to professionals only

 

BRASS BANDS ENGLAND - UPDATE 9TH JULY 2020

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'Contrary to advice received previously, the guidance states: “Non-professionals should currently not engage in singing or playing wind and brass instruments with other people given these activities pose a potentially higher risk of transmission and whilst research is ongoing. DCMS has commissioned further scientific studies to be carried out to develop robust scientific data for these activities. Existing and emerging evidence will be analysed to assist the development of policy and guidelines.”'

 

GOVERNMENT UPDATE

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. 9th July 2020.

Below is an extract regarding Brass Bands.

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Singing and playing wind and brass instruments

Objective: To minimise the risk of transmission whilst singing and playing wind or brass instruments.

This is the initial phase of the recommended guidance. Further guidance will be issued when there is sufficient scientific evidence to support a move.

Singing and playing wind and brass instruments, especially in groups, are considered higher risk activities because of the potential for aerosol production and the absence presently of developed scientific analysis to assess this specific risk. The evidence is being developed rapidly. This Section sets out the additional risk mitigation appropriate to the initial phase of returning to singing

and playing wind and brass instruments.

Wind and brass

Steps that will usually be needed:

  1. Limiting wind and brass playing in groups or in front of audiences to professionals (i.e. for work purposes only)

  2. Observing extended social distancing (current guidance is that if the activity is face-to-face and without mitigations, 3 metres is appropriate) between each player, and between players and any other people such as conductors, other musicians, audiences or accompanists.

  3. Limiting wind and brass playing to group sizes which are as small as possible to n one discrete space, and only considering increasing this number if a comprehensive risk assessment has been conducted which includes but is not limited to: 

    – the results of further research currently being conducted 
    – the size of the space 
    – the ventilation levels within the space 
    – the positioning of players and their instruments within the space 
    – the effectiveness of any booths, barriers or screens in use 
    – the use of fixed teams to reduce contacts

  4. Avoiding exposure of audiences, crew and other performers through using alternative programmes, technology or re-orchestrating for other instruments as the first priority.

  5. Operating outdoors wherever possible.

  6. If playing indoors, limiting the numbers to account for ventilation of the space and the ability to observe extended social distancing.

  7. For wind and brass players working with other individuals, positioning side-to-side or back-to-back and avoiding playing face-to-face wherever possible, but with particular regard to the position of instruments with lateral transmission such as piccolos and flutes.

  8. When essential, if it is not possible to maintain recommended extended social distancing whilst playing wind or brass instruments, using one or multiple fixed teams to manage risk of transmission and considering: 

    –Wherever possible, limiting the number of wind and brass players in any fixed team to the smallest number possible 
    – Where a very small fixed team means professional work cannot resume (for example, for a large professional brass ensemble), considering a larger fixed team only if a comprehensive risk mitigation plan has been put in place which may include but is not limited to: 

    – Reducing the number of wind and brass in the fixed team as much as possible 
    – Conducting rehearsals and training in smaller fixed teams wherever possible and gradually increasing the number of people in the fixed team over time in order to observe and manage risk 
    – Communicating clearly the maximum number of people allowed to engage as a fixed team at any one time 
    – Screening of anyone in a fixed team prior to entry into venues, which may include, but not be limited to, a COVID-19 symptom questionnaire 
    – Determining what level of monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms or testing for COVID-19 is required to achieve as reasonable a level of risk mitigation as possible. This may include regular private testing, noting that this will not allow any relaxation of other control measures 
    – Ensuring there is a clear policy in place for managing a COVID-19 positive individual, and abiding by government and PHE guidelines and reporting requirements 
    – Appointing an existing member of staff or of the organisation as a COVID-19 officer who will be responsible for oversight of fixed teams, including the risk assessment and ensuring the appropriate mitigations are in place.

  9. Within the fixed team, positioning side-to-side or back-to-back and avoiding playing face-to-face wherever possible, but with particular regard to the position of instruments with lateral transmission such as piccolos and flutes.

  10. Observing extended social distancing (current guidance is that if the activity is face-to-face and without mitigations, 3 metres is appropriate) between the fixed team and any other people such as conductors, other musicians, audiences or accompanists wherever possible;

  11. All members of a fixed team self-isolating if one member displays symptoms of COVID-19, which again reiterates the need to keep fixed teams as small as possible;

  12. It is unlikely that this fixed team approach will be possible where professional performers work with more than one group or organisation simultaneously.

  13. Considering using booths, barriers or screens if possible between individual wind and brass players who are not part of a fixed team, between fixed teams of wind and brass players and others, and between performers and any audience, noting that: 

    – The effectiveness of the booth, barrier or screen varies substantially depending on the type of booth, barrier or screen used 
    – Only some types of booth, barrier or screen will be effective enough to be viable for use in situations where extended social distancing cannot be maintained 
    – Comprehensive risk assessments will be needed whenever using booths, barriers or screens to ensure that transmission risk is appropriately contained and that other health and safety risks such as noise exposure are managed, particularly when using booths, barriers or screens in situations where extended social distancing cannot be maintained.

  14. Considering regular private testing (noting that this will not allow any relaxation of other control measures) with an accredited provider, particularly for members of a fixed team, and those who play with more than one group at a time such as deputising musicians and teachers.

  15. Making sure that no players are participating if suffering with symptoms of COVID-19 or when advised to self-isolate.

  16. Results of further research conducted will lead to updates in this guidance.

 

BRASS BANDS ENGLAND UPDATE

BBE Statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic – effective from 4 July 2020

This advice is issued in response to the Government's announcement of the relaxation of lockdown measures announced on 23 June 2020 and effective from 4 July 2020. It will make clear the Government's advice, but also explains where we are offering advice specific to brass band activities to help ensure the continued safety of bands’ members. The guidance has been prepared with advice from Public Health England.

FULL UPDATE HERE

UPDATED ADVICE FROM BBE

Brass Bands England have produced updated advice following the government's update on 11th August. The page includes some useful risk assessment templates.

Read the full advice here

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