Voices Rock Canada COVID-19 Policy

The Covid-19 Pandemic has affected everyone in some way.  Government policies and the effect of the pandemic are constantly changing.  VRC is committed to providing the safest possible experience for our members by following government guidelines and continuing to assess our Covid Policy.

 

The VRC Board of Directors has had several comprehensive discussions trying to create the best possible Covid Policy. 

The VRC COVID POLICY is effective September 12, 2021 and subject to change and will be adapted as necessary as the pandemic evolves.

VRC recognizes that there are many opinions and beliefs regarding the best way to move forward with choir activities. Despite the challenges, our focus remains on the safety, health, and well-being of our choir members.

 

VRC is awaiting policies from our rehearsal venues (Leaside United Church and Applewood United Church). The churches may implement certain protocols for renters (such as VRC). 

 

VRC is staying in line with many other organizations’ Covid policies. The TDSB school board has indicated that they will allow singing indoors among students with the guidelines of using masking and maintaining a distance of two metres between students. 

 

 

  • In-person rehearsals will require all members to be fully vaccinated. For children under 12, vaccinations are not required as they are not available for that age range.

 

  • Level 3 (or higher) masks will be provided for all children at VR KIDS rehearsals. These will be safely distributed and disposed of at each rehearsal. These masks are light and easy to sing in while providing safety in regard to aerosol spray that may occur when singing.
     

  • Physical distancing will be implemented at our in-person rehearsals with designated places for each choir member. VRC recognizes the importance of community; however, for the time being, we discourage any socializing or congregating before or after rehearsals at our rehearsal venues.
     

  • We encourage choir members to bring hand sanitizer to rehearsal. VRC will make a best effort to always have hand sanitizer available at each rehearsal.

 

  • We are currently looking into improving ventilation and adding air purifiers to be used at our rehearsal venues to improve the existing ventilation.

 

  • VRC is planning to have our first few rehearsals outdoors with masks and physical distancing.  Choir members will be asked to bring their own seats (and for later evening rehearsals). Also, we rely on good weather for outdoor rehearsals; if weather seems rainy, rehearsals will be online.

  • In the event that in-person rehearsal and outdoor rehearsals are not possible, we will have online rehearsals, similar to the format we used in our 5th season (2020-2021).

 

  • VRC is currently developing a wellness check document as part of a screening process that each member would complete prior to each rehearsal.  More information to follow.

In our attempt to be as thorough as possible, we have also been considering other options. We want to provide you with as much information as possible regarding other guidelines that we are currently discussing.  As we update our VRC COVID POLICY, we will make revisions as necessary.

 

  • BREAKS / SHORTER REHEARSAL TIMES – some organizations are including breaks in their activities. Or, the actual activities are being shortened. We feel that an outdoor break may actually lead to congregating and close proximity (as people leave and enter the rehearsal venue).  Our rehearsals are currently about 90 minutes long. For VR KIDS, we are considering the option that parents of younger children could pick up their kids after 45-60 minutes of rehearsal. For adult rehearsals, we have not yet decided the best way to move forward.

 

  • Some choral organizations are dividing their membership into rehearsal groups. VRC choirs are generally smaller and, at this time, we feel that we will be able to accommodate our full choirs at each rehearsal.

 

  • The costs and technical requirements of offering an online option that would be offered simultaneously with a live rehearsal is being considered. A reliable internet connection and good sound quality are quite difficult to achieve remotely; we are researching solid options.