Please consult our Risk Assessment prior to attending the concerts this November.
Dear Choir,Covid SafetyAs we are all aware, the responsibility for assessing Covid transmission risks and mitigating for them appropriately has been transferred to organisations and venues.As a choir we have to collectively act safely and responsibly to protect ourselves, particularly our members who are especially vulnerable, and others at home and in the community.If you are unwell on the day of a rehearsal or concert with any symptoms of respiratory infection, you must not attend.With rising numbers of Covid positive hospital patients in Mid Suffolk and very high infection rates locally it has become necessary to ramp up precautions. You can still catch Covid and feel very poorly even if you’ve been double/triple vaccinated, and the chance of spreading the infection unknowingly is very real.Self testing: Lateral Flow TestsAs this is a singing activity, with its additional associated risk, all choir participants must take a Lateral Flow Test at home on the day of rehearsals and concerts. These can be ordered free online https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-testsand they come with extensive instructions. Also available to pick up in pharmacies and at Stowmarket library.
How to order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow home test kits for twice-weekly testing.www.gov.ukBe aware that lateral flow tests are for when you have no symptoms! If you have symptoms (cough, high temperature, loss of taste and smell, or also symptoms of a cold, sore throat), please arrange to have a PCR test done. These are done in a very similar way to lateral flow tests, but get sent to a laboratory for analysis, and the results take longer to come through, usually 24-48 hours.Last but not least, even if you test negative but have symptoms, please be safe and stay at home. You don’t want to take the risk of passing it on to someone.Mask wearing: Whilst mask wearing is no longer obligatory, you may decide to wear your mask indoors when you are in close proximity to others.Clean hands: Please continue to sanitise your hands on site.These protocols serve to help us to rehearse and perform together safely; please support these requirements.MV (22.10.2021 updated)