Auckland is now at Alert Level 2 until at least 11.59pm on Wednesday 7 October. The rest of New Zealand at Alert Level 1.
In Auckland: No more than 100 people are permitted at social gatherings. This means choirs may perform, but the total number of people in the choir + audience must not exceed 100.
The 100-person maximum applies per each defined, separated area within a venue, as long as intermingling in common spaces 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.
In the rest of New Zealand: There are currently no limits on the number of people at a gathering.
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 3 – choirs may not rehearse.
Alert Level 2 – all the guidelines below apply
Alert Level 1 – spacing of singers, length of rehearsals and physical contact can be relaxed
Stay home if you are at all unwell
Choir management should reserve the right to turn away a singer displaying signs of being unwell.
Singers may consider carrying out their own temperature checks before attending rehearsals.
Ensure that attendance registers are accurately recorded and contact lists are kept up to date. Ensure there are sign-in forms at the door (singers should use their own pens) and contact lists are kept up to date. Taking a photo at rehearsals may be an additional means of recording attendance.
Ensure there is access to hand washing/hand sanitiser at the door to the rehearsal room and in the bathrooms.
Coughs & sneezes
Sneeze and cough into your elbow – this is good practice no matter the bug.
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
A maximum of 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.
Choir members who have travelled overseas and have completed the 2-week mandatory quarantine should communicate with choir management before returning to rehearsals.
Choirs may consider recording rehearsals for those who cannot attend. This will encourage members to exercise greater caution and to stay at home if remotely unwell.
Remember that members of your choir will have different reactions and levels of anxiety with the return to Alert Level 2. Some may not feel comfortable coming to rehearsals. Please be kind.