Just in: Berlin permits choir singing
The Berlin Senate has finally allowed choirs to sing again indoors.
A new hygiene protocol permits singing at a distance of at least four meters from the audience in order ‘to achieve a sensible balance between minimising Covid infection risk and the need to sing together again in churches and choirs.’
UPDATE: From the new regulations:
The room must be ventilated regularly, ideally by cross-ventilation. After 30 Minutes.
Rows of common singing must have an impulse ventilation (ideally cross ventilation) of at least 15 minutes.
– Continuous external ventilation (e.g. windows on tilt or fully open) should be provided from the beginning of the rehearsal or the event to the end.
After the end of a rehearsal in which 60 minutes of singing have taken place, the room must be ventilated crosswise for 30 minutes, after which the room must remain empty for two hours. Before the start of the next rehearsal, again, cross-ventilate for 30 minutes.
A mouth-and-nose cover is required during rehearsals and performances for singers and the audience. However, it is strongly recommended that singers and the audience wear the mouth and nose protector for the entire duration of the event.
Special regulations for singing together in church services
Common singing (i.e. both choir and congregational singing) in closed sacred rooms within the framework of church services is permitted if the duration of the service does not exceed 60 minutes, the common singing lasts for a maximum of 15 minutes, the sacred room has sufficient manual ventilation (see above) and a ceiling height of at least 3.5 metres. If a mechanical ventilation possibility is available, the duration of the service must not exceed 90 minutes and the common singing must not exceed 30 minutes. All
With the exception of the arts staff, participants should use a mouth-and-nose cover; the minimum distance of 2 metres must be maintained in all directions.