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Green light for church choirs over Easter, if they proceed with caution

by PAT ASHWORTH

27 MARCH 2021

NEW Government guidance on safe music-making in church allows small choirs — professional or amateur — to rehearse and sing from Palm Sunday.

Congregational singing is also allowed again outdoors, on church grounds or the outside space of a place of worship. Wind instruments may now also be used in worship from tomorrow. The RSCM has given clarification on the guidance, while emphasising that the responsibility rests at local level, with cathedral chapters and PCCs, incumbents, and churchwardens.

Singing should take place only as part of an act of worship or as preparation for one. It remains subject to gathering limits, i.e. the instruction not to “mingle with anyone outside of their household or support bubble”, and serious consideration must be given to Covid-secure mitigating measures. In line with guidance concerning schools, there must be no children’s choir activities that involved mixing of children from multiple schools.

Singers still need to be two metres apart, so the number of singers and musicians has to be determined by a risk assessment of the space available. There can be no sharing of copies: these must be ready in place before singers arrive, or singers can use their own.

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