Attending a rehearsal
Attending rehearsals is completely optional. You are not expected to attend if you or someone in your household is vulnerable and, of course, you must not attend if you have any symptoms of Covid-19.
All players must register in advance for rehearsals for two reasons – firstly to help us set up the room and secondly to enable us to contact you easily if someone reports Covid-19 after a rehearsal. Sorry, but if you play in both bands you will need to register twice.
Rehearsals for Fresh Aire! are 09:00-10:00 – please arrive early so that rehearsal can start promptly. Hot Aire! rehearsal is 10:30-12:30 but please arrive for a prompt start. It would be helpful if a few people could arrive at 08:45 to help with setting up the room.
Covid-19 is still very much around so please could you take a lateral flow test at home before the rehearsal (you don’t need to bring the completed test with you). Obviously, if the result is positive then you should get a PCR test – do not come to the rehearsal even if you don’t have symptoms. If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 then do not come to the rehearsal even if you have a negative lateral flow test. Similarly, if anyone in your household has Covid-19, or you have recently been in close contact with someone who has Covid-19, then please do not come to the rehearsal, even if you have a negative lateral flow result.
We need to make sure that we continue to observe our Covid-19 precautions, particularly around distancing and ventilation so you need to bring your own stand and music – we won’t be asking you to share music. There should be a clear break (30 minutes) between Fresh Aire! and Hot Aire! for the room to air, so Fresh Aire! Players need to leave the room promptly at 10:00 (even if you are staying for Hot Aire!). Hot Aire! players can arrive early but not enter the rehearsal room. There will be a 30-minute break during the Hot Aire! session, and, again, players should leave the room.
You MUST bring
- Your own music stand
- Bell cover/moisture guard (can be home-made or purchased from https://www.moistureguard.co.uk/)
- Towel to catch drips
- And your instrument!
If you want refreshments during the break then you must bring your own (and your own mug). There will be no break during Fresh Aire! and no tuck shop so you will have to bring your own refreshments. You may also want to bring an extra jumper as the outside doors will be open for ventilation. Unless you are exempt, please wear a face-covering until you are seated and about to play.
Any player who tests positive for Covid-19 within 10 days of attending a rehearsal should notify the band immediately.