Protocols for Mitigating COVID-19 Risk for Performers

Protocols for Mitigating COVID-19 Risk for Performers

As of Aug. 24 2020

The following policies and protocols are based on the recently released COVID-19 Aerosol study led by Dr. Shelly Miller from the University of Colorado, recommendations from the University of Cincinnati presentation on aerosols and wind instruments, and the recommendations of Karen Hoffman, an infectious disease spread expert from UNC Health who spent multiple days on the UNCSA campus assessing School of Music facilities.

Instrumental Ensembles

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  • Masks must be worn properly at all times, covering nose and mouth; this includes while entering and exiting the ensemble space as well as throughout the entirety of the ensemble activity.
  • Proper spacing of a minimum of 6 feet must be maintained between all instrumentalists (chairs and/or stands will be set at the proper distancing and should not be moved).
  • Activities will be limited to no more than 60 minutes per session.
  • A 45-minute room air-change period within the ensemble space will precede and follow each activity (e.g., if an activity is scheduled for 4-5 p.m., then the room must be vacant for air changing from 3:15-4 p.m. and 5-5:45 p.m.).
  • Conductor/coach will wear an approved mask while in the ensemble space (face visor also recommended).
  • Ensemble rooms will be cleaned daily.

  • Performers, when directed, will proceed to their assigned Plexiglass/Vinyl Barriers; the barriers will already have been set in place for the rehearsal and are not to be touched or moved by the performers. (See Diagrams)
  • Masks must be worn properly, covering nose and mouth, when entering and exiting the ensemble room AND they must not be removed until instructed to do so by the conductor/coach; this means no warming up in the room prior to rehearsal.
  • Woodwind performers will bring water or whatever they need to quickly have their reed ready to play.
  • Sit or stand inside with the closed ends of the barriers facing fellow performers. If the ensemble is conducted, the open end of the barrier will face the conductor.
  • Proper spacing of a minimum of 6 feet must be maintained between all instrumentalists.
  • Activities will be limited to no more than 30 minutes per session.
  • A 45-minute room air-change period within the ensemble space will precede and follow each activity (e.g., if an activity is scheduled for 4-4:30 p.m., then the room must be vacant for air changing from 3:15-4 p.m. and 4:30-5:15 p.m.).
  • Instrumentalists should reapply masks whenever speaking or counting long periods of rest.
  • Instrumentalists must be ready to reapply mask immediately when asked to do so by the conductor/coach.
  • Brass instrumentalists will use approved absorbent pads or lining in a can for condensation.
  • Conductor/coach will wear an approved mask and have an approved barrier with at least 6 feet of distancing from the front of the ensemble (face visor also recommended).
  • Ensemble rooms will be cleaned daily.

  • Masks must be worn properly at all times, covering nose and mouth; this includes while entering and exiting the ensemble space as well as throughout the entirety of the ensemble activity.
  • Proper spacing of a minimum of 6 feet must be maintained between all instrumentalists (chairs and/or stands will be set at the proper distancing and should not be moved).
  • All instrumentalists will be facing forward and away, not face to face, in the ensemble space.
  • Percussionists/pianists/harpists must be behind wind instrumentalists in rehearsal with a closed end of the plexiglass or vinyl barrier facing the instrumentalist and distanced at 6 feet or more.
  • Activities will be limited to no more than 60 minutes per session involving other fully masked instrumentalists (i.e. strings, piano, etc.) and 30 minutes with wind instrumentalists.
  • A 45-minute room air-change period within the ensemble space will precede and follow each activity (e.g., if an activity is scheduled for 4-5 p.m., then the room must be vacant for a 3:15-4 p.m. and 5-5:45 p.m.).
  • Conductor/coach will wear an approved mask while in the ensemble space (face visor also recommended).
  •  Ensemble rooms will be cleaned daily.

 

Master Classes involving in-person activity

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  • Masks must be worn properly at all times, covering nose and mouth; this includes while entering and exiting the master class space as well as throughout the entirety of the master class.
  • Proper spacing of a minimum of 6 feet must be maintained between all participants.
  • In Watson Hall: Master class times are approved for up to two hours, with a maximum of 37 occupants in the space, with a 45-minute air change period after the class. There is no need for air change periods between performers.
  • In spaces other than Watson Hall (e.g., Gray classroom spaces): Participants within the space limited to the student performer, faculty, and pianist (if applicable). The remainder of the studio participates in the class through an online platform. The session may last no longer than 45 minutes. This is then followed by a 15-minute room air change period during which the room must be vacant. The next participants then enter the space, with this alternation between time in the space and air change period continuing for the duration of the master class.

  • For all aerosol performers, masks must be worn properly, covering nose and mouth, at all times other than when actively performing; this includes while entering and exiting the master class space as well as when speaking during the master class.
  • For all other participants, masks must be worn properly at all times, covering nose and mouth; this includes while entering and exiting the master class space as well as throughout the entirety of the master class.

In Watson Hall: Master class times are approved for up to two hours, with a maximum of 37 occupants in the space, with a 45-minute air change period after the class. There is no need for air change periods between performers.

With use of Plexiglass/Vinyl Barrier:

  • Participants must be distanced by no less than 6 feet.
  • A closed end of the barrier must face the faculty and pianist (if applicable).

Without use of Plexiglass/Vinyl Barrier:

  • Participants must be distanced by no less than 12 feet.
  • Participants should not directly face one another, but rather use peripheral vision.

 In spaces other than Watson Hall (e.g., Gray classroom spaces): Participants within the space limited to the student performer, faculty, and pianist (if applicable). The remainder of the studio participates in the class through an online platform. The session may last no longer than 30 minutes. This is then followed by a 30-minute room air change period during which the room must be vacant. The next participants then enter the space, with this alternation between time in the space and air change period continuing for the duration of the master class.

 

Rehearsals with Collaborative Piano

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  • For all participants, masks must be worn properly at all times, covering nose and mouth; this includes while entering and exiting the rehearsal space as well as throughout the entirety of the rehearsal.
  • Proper spacing of a minimum of 6 feet must be maintained between all participants.
  • Rehearsals may not last longer than 45 minutes.
  • A 15-minute room air-change period within the rehearsal space will precede and follow each rehearsal (e.g., if the rehearsal is scheduled for 4-4:45 p.m., then the room must be vacant for air changing from 3:45–4 p.m. and 4:45–5 p.m.).

  • For all aerosol performers, masks must be worn properly, covering nose and mouth, at all times other than when actively performing; this includes while entering and exiting the rehearsal space as well as when speaking during the rehearsal.
  • For all pianists, masks must be worn properly at all times, covering nose and mouth; this includes while entering and exiting the rehearsal space as well as throughout the entirety of the rehearsal.
  • Rehearsals may not last longer than 30 minutes.
  • A 30-minute room air-change period within the rehearsal space will precede and follow each rehearsal (e.g., if the rehearsal is scheduled for 4-4:30 p.m., then the room must be vacant for air changing from 3:30-4 p.m. and 4:30-5 p.m.).

With use of Plexiglass/Vinyl Barrier:

  • Performers must be distanced by no less than 6 feet.
  • A closed end of the barrier must face the pianist.

Without use of Plexiglass/Vinyl Barrier:

  • Performers must be distanced by no less than 12 feet.
  • Performers should not directly face one another, but rather use peripheral vision.

 

Private Lessons (faculty, student, and possible pianist)

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  • For all participants, masks must be worn properly at all times, covering nose and mouth; this includes while entering and exiting the lesson space as well as throughout the entirety of the lesson.
  • Proper spacing of a minimum of 6 feet must be maintained between all participants.

With HEPA Air Filter:

  • Lessons may not last longer than 60 minutes
  • A 15-minute room air-change period within the lesson space will precede and follow each lesson (e.g., if the lesson is scheduled for 4-5 p.m., then the room must be vacant for air changing from 3:45–4 p..m. and 5-5:15 p.m.).

Without HEPA Air Filter

  • Lessons may not last longer than 45 minutes
  • A 15-minute room air-change period within the lesson space will precede and follow each lesson (e.g., if the lesson is scheduled for 4-4:45 p.m., then the room must be vacant for air changing from 3:45-4 p.m. and 4:45-5 p.m.).

  • For all aerosol performers, masks must be worn properly, covering nose and mouth, at all times other than when actively performing; this includes while entering and exiting the lesson space as well as when speaking during the lesson.
  • For all other participants, masks must be worn properly at all times, covering nose and mouth; this includes while entering and exiting the lesson space as well as throughout the entirety of the lesson.

With HEPA Air Filter:

  • Lessons may not last longer than 45 minutes.
  • A 15-minute room air-change period within the lesson space will precede and follow each lesson (e.g., if the lesson is scheduled for 4-4:45 p.m., then the room must be vacant for air changing from 3:45-4 p.m. and 4:45-5 p.m.).

Without HEPA Air Filter

  • Lesson may not last longer than 30 minutes.
  • A 15-minute room air-change period within the lesson space will precede and follow each lesson (e.g., if the lesson is scheduled for 4-4:30 p.m., then the room must be vacant for air changing from 3:45-4 p.m. and 4:30-4:45 p.m.).

With use of Plexiglass/Vinyl Barrier:

  • Participants must be distanced by no less than 6 feet.
  • A closed end of the barrier must face the faculty and pianist (if applicable).

Without use of Plexiglass/Vinyl Barrier:

  • Participants must be distanced by no less than 12 feet.
  • Participants should not directly face one another, but rather use peripheral vision.

 

Diagrams

For all aerosol performers, masks must be worn properly, covering nose and mouth, at all times other than when actively performing; this includes while entering and exiting the lesson space as well as when speaking during the lesson.

For all other participants, masks must be worn properly at all times, covering nose and mouth; this includes while entering and exiting the lesson space as well as throughout the entirety of the lesson.

With HEPA Air Filter:

  • Lessons may not last longer than 45 minutes.
  • A 15-minute room air-change period within the lesson space will precede and follow each lesson (e.g., if the lesson is scheduled for 4–4:45 p.m., then the room must be vacant for air changing from 3:45–4 p.m. and 4:45-5 p.m.).

Without HEPA Air Filter

  • Lesson may not last longer than 30 minutes.
  • A 15-minute room air-change period within the lesson space will precede and follow each lesson (e.g., if the lesson is scheduled for 4–4:30 p.m., then the room must be vacant for air changing from 3:45–4 p.m. and 4:30–4:45 p.m.).

With use of Plexiglass/Vinyl Barrier:

  • Participants must be distanced by no less than 6 feet.
  • A closed end of the barrier must face the faculty and pianist (if applicable).

Without use of Plexiglass/Vinyl Barrier:

  • Participants must be distanced by no less than 12 feet.
  • Participants should not directly face one another, but rather use peripheral vision.
Wind Quartet: Option A with open plexiglass towards performersQuartet: Option B with open plexiglass away from performersQuintet: Option A with closed plexiglass towards performersQuintet: Option B with open plexiglass away from performersString or Percussion solo/piano