Providence Singers Covid-19 Policy
Adopted by the Board of Trustees on 2021-09-20
The safety of our chorus members, staff, and audience are of the utmost importance to the Providence Singers. The Organization will follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and the guidance provided by the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts when making decisions regarding risk mitigation procedures, vaccination, testing, and other areas of concern regarding Covid-19 protection measures. This policy will comply with all federal and state laws and local health authorities, as applicable.
The Executive Director and the Personnel Committee will establish protocols and documentation to manage this body of work.
Providence Singers Vaccination Policy
In light of this core concern and the particular risks presented by singing, Singers are required to be fully vaccinated, and show proof of vaccination, against Covid-19 prior to their first rehearsal in order to participate. There are no exceptions to this policy. This policy will comply with all applicable federal and state laws and is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities. If you have any questions, please contact Elaine Cunningham, Executive Director.
Policy will expire at the end of fiscal year 2021-2022 unless renewed or revised by a majority of the Trustees of the Providence Singers.
Carter Center Protocols
The Providence Singers' ability to rehearse in in Carter Center is contingent upon adherence to school policy, both by our members and the organization.
Masks are required to enter the music school.
All organizations that use the facility must mandate vaccinations for all of their adult members, and must keep a record of members' vaccination status.
Everyone who uses the facility is required to read and sign the RI Philharmonic Music School COVID-19 Safety Pledge prior to entering the facility. This form is brief and can be filled out online.
Providence Singers Protocols
Vaccines: Required for all members
Masks: Required at rehearsals
Self-Isolation: Members will not attend rehearsal while symptomatic with any illness. Sitting in the back to take notes is not permitted.
Rehearsals: As an added level of comfort and hygiene, we will have assigned seating and maintain 3 ft of distance between singers at rehearsals.
Concerts: Our ability to space singers will be determined by the options at the venue and the public health recommendations at the time of the event.
Due to the strong risk mitigation measures in place for members (vaccinations, masks, and staying home when ill), no member will meet the CDC definition of a “close contact; therefore, the Providence Singers will not be conducting formal contact tracing.
There will be no formal mechanism for requiring testing or reporting on testing for our members; however, in accordance with CDC recommendations, we strongly recommend and ask that you to test when you engage in activities that are higher risk, specifically travel.
Travel: Please obtain a PCR test 3-5 days after the end of your travel and do not return to rehearsal until your results come back.
Positive Test: Do not return to rehearsal for 14 days of either (a) the onset of symptoms or (b) the date your positive test was taken, if you are asymptomatic.
Guideline: If you are ever asking “should I get tested?” go get a test!
We recognize that we cannot dictate restrictions beyond the time we are together. That said, our individual responsibility to this group does not start and end with rehearsal. For this to work, we all need to reduce our risk as much as we can beyond these walls. Please take a conservative approach to your other activities where you are able. This will be different for each of us, but the collective effort will keep us together.
Concert Protocols for Audience Members, Musicians, and Concert Volunteers
The Providence Singers will follow current guidelines as recommended by the CDC, state and local government.
Our safety measures may change throughout the season, so please continue to visit this page for updates.
All patrons attending in-person events must show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 (fully vaccinated is defined as at least 14 days after receiving either a two-dose or one-dose FDA or WHO authorized COVID-19 vaccine) OR proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of performance time, OR proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen test (rapid test) taken within 6 hours of performance time.
All patrons, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks over their nose and mouth at all times while inside the venue.
ALL musicians, staff, and event volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Contactless payment and ticketing.
Advanced online payment is strongly encouraged. Electronic tickets will be on sale through Eventbrite. Patrons may print a copy of their tickets for scanning or present their phone with the emailed receipt onscreen. Patrons who have purchased tickets online but do not possess printers or smart phones will be asked to present an ID in lieu of electronic tickets.
Tickets will also be available at the door, payable by credit card. No cash payments, please.