In the literature review, we call it an integrated risk mitigation strategy. It sounds complicated, but is really only a list of the measures you will put in place that you can then communicate to your singers to keep everyone safe.
It can be as simple or complex as necessary. Call it what you like—an action plan, a rehearsal protocol, a COVID response—it's a document unique to you, for your exclusive circumstances, which will help you manage singing together as safely as possible. There is currently no legal requirement for choirs to have a COVID-19 Protocol in place or lodge one officially anywhere.
We recommend that you prepare it well in advance, and in a written format, so it can be clearly communicated to anyone to whom it applies.
This is different from your COVID-Safe Plan.
Choir rehearsals and gatherings can be reasonably interpreted to be ‘indoor public meetings’ under the State Government’s Emergency Management (Public Activities No8) (COVID-19) Direction 2020, and as such are required to complete and lodge a COVID-Safe Plan. So it makes sense that your individual Protocol complies with your COVID-safe plan.
The official COVID-Safe Plan does not contain any information that relates directly to singing—hence the need for a Protocol that contains your own additional control measures chosen from those in the following pages.
If your choir also falls under another jurisdiction—e.g. an education or faith-based setting—you will need to make a judgement regarding combining these recommendations with the advice provided by your auspicing agency.
Some choirs have already put a plan in place and resumed singing. If you are one of those choirs and have shared your plans with us, you may see some similarities to your own lovely word-smithing. In the spirit of sharing, we make no apology for that and hope you are flattered.