Current Information

UPDATED COVID POLICY OF 16 NOVEMBER 2022 

See below.

UPCOMING EVENTS Dec 2022-23

Trivia Night,  7 Dec, Uniting Church Hall

Possible carol singing TBC 

Annual Dinner, Sat 4 Feb 2023

AGM, Mon 6 Feb 2023

PERFORMANCES 2023

Daybreak Rotary Club TBC

Concert with Cantar, Forbes, 30 April or 7 May 2023.

Concert with Sydney Male Choir, Orange, Sun 22 Oct 2023

OMVC Bank Account

Please make all payments to

BSB:  802-129       A/c No:   100030358

  Orange Male Voice Choir

COVID MITIGATION POLICY

 

UPDATED 16 NOV 2022

Aim

 

This policy aims to reduce the risk of Covid infection both to the members and the operations of the Choir by emphasising personal responsibility based on current medical evidence.

 

 

Risk

 

The Choir’s age structure and singing together put us at relatively high-risk of Covid infection. As well as protecting members’ and their families’ health, it is important that infections don’t disrupt our preparations for performances.

 

Regulatory restrictions on Covid cases and contacts have been eased in NSW, however, this relaxation does not mean household or close contacts are not at-risk of becoming infected and of transmitting Covid to others. 

 

 

Infectious period

 

The incubation period for Covid can be from 1-14 days, but symptomatic cases of Omicron develop signs at about 3 days on-average, and most within 5-6 days. 

 

People infected with Covid may be infectious for up 2 days before developing symptoms.  There is potential for people to be infectious beyond their official seven-day isolation if they are still

symptomatic.

 

After ten days, most people are not infectious. Multiple studies have shown there is very little, if any, transmission after day ten, regardless of the variant. 

 

Reference:   Could I still be infectious after COVID isolation? And should I bother wearing a mask once I’m all better?  Vasso Apostolopoulos & Maja Husaric, Victoria University.  The Conversation May 30, 2022.

 

 

Mitigation Procedures

Successfully reducing the risk of infection being introduced and spreading at rehearsal will depend on implementing a number of measures.  Good “herd immunity”, from vaccination and natural infection, should reduce both the risk and severity of spread in our group when combined with complementary biosecurity.  Well-fitting masks would also help, but singing with them is quite difficult.

 

 All Members and visitors attending must comply with these conditions:

  • Participants must be up to date with Covid vaccination, have shown the Secretary documentation of double vaccination and advised him of the dates of subsequent booster vaccinations.  (The fourth Covid vaccination is due 4 months after the previous one or 3 months after Covid infection).
     

  • A written statement of ‘Covid-19 Vaccine Medical Contraindications’, signed by a member's (or prospective member’s) doctor, is acceptable in lieu of Covid vaccination.
     

  • A member must not attend rehearsal if he or she

    • has had Covid infection and still has symptoms,

    • is not well or is awaiting a Covid test result, or

    • has been in close contact with a Covid case in the previous 7 days.

 

  • A member who has been infected may return to rehearsal 10 days after developing symptoms or testing positive, if they have no symptoms and a negative RAT and wear a mask.
     

  • Bring own music, pencils etc.
     

  • Practice hand hygiene on entry.
     

  • All participants commit to immediately notifying OMVC if he/she is suspected to be infected with Covid or tests Covid-positive.
     

 

Members are also encouraged to be up to date with their annual Influenza vaccination.

 

 

OMVC rehearsals will be held with the following mitigation measures:
 

  • The venue will be spacious (with 4 sq metres per person) and/or well-ventilated (ie doors and/or windows open and air conditioning open to allow fresh air).
     

  • OMVC will maintain a register of attendance (for immediate response if needed).
     

  • Seats will be well-separated.
     

  • Singers should remain at their seats as much as possible while rehearsing.
     

  • Choristers may sing without masks if they wish.
     

  • Accompanist and Conductor facing, but 3 metres from singers.
     

  • The Management Committee may suspend rehearsals if a rehearsing member is infected or if risk increases significantly.

 

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