Protocol for Covid-Secure Burgess Hill Choral Society (BHCS) Rehearsals at St Andrew’s Church

Autumn Term 2021

This protocol is intended to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19 as far as is reasonably possible at BHCS meetings at St Andrew’s Church.   Last reviewed-6.9.21

Pre Event

Pre Event Email

Lateral Flow Tests

Refreshments/Music Scores

An email will be sent to members before each rehearsal to:


- ask members to confirm their intention to attend a rehearsal in advance of that rehearsal

- remind members of the protocol to be followed at the rehearsal

-alert those who should exclude themselves from attending e.g. anyone who:

- feels unwell (including having a cold)  and/or has coronavirus symptoms

- has had recent contact with someone who is potentially infected/ has been contacted by tracing service/quarantined after return from abroad

Members will be encouraged, but not required, to use lateral flow tests regularly (ideally on the day of a rehearsal)

Members are advised to bring their own refreshments to rehearsal and not share musical scores/equipment such as pencils

On Arrival

Face Coverings

Social Distancing

It is recommended that face coverings should be used by attendees (except those who are exempt from doing so) upon arrival at the church entrance and when moving about the venue. It is anticipated that many members may choose to remove face coverings when at their allocated seat, for example for the purposes of singing, while others may elect to keep their face covering in place for singing.

Choir members are asked to respect the wish of some people to maintain social distancing when moving about the venue.

Hand Sanitisation

Hand sanitiser will be available for use on entrance to church.

Recording Attendance for Track and Trace

Relevant contact details will be gathered via the pre event email.


BHCS will register for a NHS QR code and display the official NHS QR poster for scanning by choir members at meetings via the NHS Covid App should they wish to do so.


Photographs will be taken to record who sat where.


The seating for different voice sections will be colour coded to aid members going straight to a relevant seat.


Sopranos-  Red


Altos- Blue


Tenors- Green


Basses- Yellow

During Rehearsal

Spacing of Chairs

Each chair will remain spaced out with1 metre between adjacent chairs in each row and 1.5 metres away from the nearest chairs in the adjacent rows. Measurements are made between the centres of chairs.

Illness During Rehearsal

Choir members are requested to inform a BHCS committee member should they become unwell during a rehearsal.

Duration of Rehearsals

There will be a maximum of 40 minutes of singing before a break of 15 minutes is taken for ventilation purposes.


All doors, entrances and exits will be pinned back to aid ventilation during breaks only.