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NZCF guidelines for rehearsals under Alert Levels 1 & 2

Choirs of up to 100 members are now able to rehearse as of midday 29 May. 

The 100-person maximum applies per each defined, separated area within a venue, as long as intermingling in common spaces, such as entrances, exits and toilets, can be prevented. Therefore, a larger choir could potentially conduct sectional rehearsals simultaneously at the same venue if they are in self-contained, separated areas.

School groups are subject to the Ministry of Education guidelines which state “practices and rehearsals will be able to go ahead (note the physical distancing recommendation of 1 metre distance where practicable, for singing and wind instruments)” .


Please note: We at NZCF are not health or legal professionals. Please do not consider this medical or legal advice. These guidelines are based on the NZ Government guidelines and advice we have received from Professor Michael Baker. We will update this page as and when the government guidelines change.

Alert Level 2 – all the guidelines apply

Alert Level 1 – spacing of singers, length of rehearsals and physical contact can be relaxed


Stay home if you are unwell

Choir management should turn away any singer displaying signs of being unwell.


Contact tracing

Ensure there are sign-in forms at the door (singers should use their own pens) and contact lists are kept up to date.


Wash/sanitise hands

Ensure there is access to hand washing/hand sanitiser at the door to the rehearsal room and in the bathrooms.


Space out at rehearsals

2 metres between singers, both side to side and front to back. The conductor should stand as far back from the choir as practicable. Don’t sing in a circle formation – all the singers should face forward.


Length of rehearsals

Limit to 2 hours to limit exposure to the virus.


Ventilation in rehearsal rooms

Ensure adequate ventilation, with a minimum room temperature of 18°C.


Snacks & drinks

No sharing of snacks or drinks before, during or after rehearsals.


Limit physical contact

Singers should not pass around music or folders. If music needs to be passed out it should be done by one or two people who use hand sanitiser before touching the copies to be handed out.