Return to rehearsals

I’m delighted to be able to tell you that Synchordia will be resuming face to face rehearsals on Wednesday (July 21st) at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Gravesend.

There will be some changes to ensure that we can keep each other safe.

We have been advised to maintain Test & Trace compliance, and now have a QR code for members to scan on entry. We are asking that you inform us of your vaccination status (0, 1 or 2 jabs), and if you aren’t double vaccinated, we will require you to have had a negative lateral flow test within 48 hours. These measures are to protect all of us, and in particular our vulnerable members

We need to operate a one-way system for the time-being, entering through the back door, and leaving through the front, unless you are carrying a large instrument, or are not mobile enough to walk around.

We also need to keep the rear doors open to allow for aerosol ventilation throughout both rehearsals.

We are asking all instrumentalists to bring a cloth to gather any discharge from your instrument. Please take the cloth home with you and either wash it or dispose of it.

At the end of the band session, we will need to clear the room as quickly as possible, to allow some airing, and we will be asking you to wipe down your chair, music stand and any other equipment you use.  Music stands will be quarantined in the garage for the week, so should be safe for the following week.

Singers will also be asked to wipe down their own chairs before they put them away, and we would ask you to wipe down any other equipment you have used.

All communal surfaces, such as door handles, light switches etc will need to be wiped down at the end of the night.

I know that this seems like an awful amount of additional things to do, but if everyone cleans up what they’ve used, there isn’t actually very much, and if we share it amongst everyone, it’s a very small impact – in fact, it will probably take less time to do it all than it’s taken to type and read this…

I look forward to seeing you all back in person on Wednesday.