COVID-19 Risk Management Guidance


Appendix Two: Vulnerable People

Most people will only develop mild COVID-19 disease and recover easily, but others may develop severe sickness that affects the lungs. It is recommended that choirs consider the individual needs of singers with the following vulnerabilities if applicable. Links to resources are provided.

For singing within aged care settings consider innovative strategies with minimal risk to residents, for example singing outside where the choir can be heard by residents. Always discuss plans to sing with the aged care home. 

SA Health Advice for Older People

Chronic health conditions include pre-existing health conditions, particularly diabetes, heart disease and respiratory conditions. SA Health recommends visiting your GP and making sure your health condition is well managed.


Young children (aged 0 to 12) do not seem to become infected with COVID-19 as much as other age groups. Young people aged above 13 years seem to have a similar risk of infection with COVID-19 as adults but are more likely to have better health outcomes after infection. 

It is recommended that Department for Education advice about school attendance is a good basis for rehearsal attendance for children and young people. Advice stipulates that children can go to school unless they:

  • Are feeling unwell 
  • Have a chronic medical condition or compromised immune system and are not able to attend school on advice from their medical practitioner
  • Live in a household with others that are deemed vulnerable to COVID-19 and are not able to attend school on advice of their medical practitioner
  • Have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have been required to self-isolate by SA Health.

If a child has any medical conditions and they are unwell, it is best to have them checked by your GP as soon as possible.

Information specific to children with a disability

Information for parents, carers and children about COVID-19 

Children may have anxieties relating to COVID-19. Talking with children about COVID-19 can help them understand and cope with the current situation. When talking about this to a child, make sure it’s in a way that suits their age and development. Also listen to what’s worrying them. 

Talking to children about COVID

It is recommended that safety considerations for children in choirs include:  

  • Adapting the same rehearsal considerations as for adult choirs
  • Adapting the adult risk mitigation to the developmental needs of children and young people
  • Extra education and encouragement about good hand hygiene
  • Implementing the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee’s latest advice that maintaining 1.5m between students and the ‘venue density’ rule of no more than 1 person per 2 square metres is not appropriate or practical in classrooms.

Produced by the Adelaide Choral Network with financial assistance from Arts South Australia and the City of Adelaide, our Adelaide Year of the Choir Partner


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