Plexiglass is not Covid safe

Plexiglass is not Covid safe


norman lebrecht

December 14, 2020

Many orchestras have been playing with Plexiglass partitions. A new study from Princeton says they offer little protection.

Read here.


“From my perspective, if you’re on the other side of the barrier from someone, you are partially protected because the movement of the air is disrupted by the barrier,” he said. “But nonetheless, it can get around.”


  • out of work still says:

    wow that’s some beautiful playing/singing. nice to hear even if the report is depressing as all hell

  • Fred Funk says:

    Plexiglass is used for its sound dampening and absorption characteristics. It’s also great for sound technicians managing the mix. My other woodwind & brass colleagues also appreciate them as a deterrent. A wayward viola player looking for a rehearsal order, pencil, etc, is bound to stumble through the brass, woodwinds, and percussion sections. Are you in good hands?

  • Mandy Mozzarella says:

    They also don’t help reduce decibel levels, but don’t tell that to any bassoon or viola players.

    • Peter Prostate says:

      Here here, well said.

    • BruceB says:

      Be that as it may — and now that I’ve read it on the internet, it must be true — they still reduce the physical pain caused by the sound of trumpets & trombones aimed in one’s direction, both during and after rehearsal.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    You little understand the NEED to feel ‘safe’.

  • Karl says:

    That has been well known since the Pence – Harris debate where medical experts called the plexiglass barrier that the democrats insisted an a joke. Everyone should just wear a hazmat suit.

  • Kenny says:

    What goes around, comes around…

  • Penelope Insect says:

    Princeton is basically a community college. I would trust reports like this from reputable outfits like USA Today, but not this alleged

    Until then orchestras either need to keep their musicians as far apart as possible or, better yet, cease performing entirely.

    • Greg Bottini says:

      “Until then orchestras either need to keep their musicians as far apart as possible or, better yet, cease performing entirely”.
      I’m not sure what you refer to by “then” (I assume the end of The Virus), but I agree 1000%, Penelope.
      Let the downvotes begin!