Newcombe Singers COVID Protocols

Updated August 20, 2021

As a community choir meeting at St. Mary’s we are subject to the general requirements of the Anglican Diocese of BC for community users.  The most recent version of these was published August 3, 2021 (pdf).


At our Annual General Meeting held August 17, 2021 we unanimously passed the following motion: that all singing members of the Newcombe Singers must be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus at least 14 days prior to attending any in-person rehearsals, performances, or other functions of the Newcombe Singers.


In addition, the following mitigation protocols will apply for rehearsal singing at St. Mary’s:

  • Prior contact or illness: Choir members who have been exposed to COVID-19 or have had symptoms such as a fever, cough, or sore throat within the last 14 days will not attend rehearsal.
  • Distancing measures: 2 metres of physical separation will be maintained whether during singing or when not singing. Singers will enter from the front of the church for rehearsal. The whole choir will rehearse from the pews for about 45 minutes and then quickly exit the church via the side exit near the altar for approximately 10-15 minutes to allow the settling of the air, followed by a second rehearsal of 45 minutes. These rehearsal parameters may change as public health restrictions dictate.
  • Hygiene: All singers will observe the hygiene and other public health measures that are required by St. Mary’s Church. Hand sanitizer is to be used upon entering the church. Each member will utilize his own paper copies of the music and will not share his music sheets or personal equipment.
  • Facial masking: Non-medical facial masks will be worn, whether singing or not, by all members when in the church.