Teen girl playing guitar with friends via teleconferencing

Updated November 26, 2021

The State of Oregon requires individuals ages 5 and older, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks in all indoor public spaces.

A mask or face covering is not required if a person is performing, including playing music, delivering a speech to an audience, and theater. OHA’s face mask recommendations and requirements.

Singing and playing brass and wind instruments can spread COVID-19. 

If you are not vaccinated, take precautions if you sing with others or are around people playing brass or wind instruments.

If you are part of a choir, band, or group of musicians, you can take steps to protect people in your group or audience who may not be vaccinated. 

COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles that contain the virus. Singing, chanting,  or shouting, and playing brass or wind instruments releases these droplets and particles even further, and can result in aerosols that can stay in the air for hours. These droplets and particles can be breathed in by other people or land on their eyes, noses, or mouth.

Recommendations

  • Get vaccinated if you have not already.
  • Wear a mask and keep your distance from others.
  • Stay home if you feel sick.
  • Keep as much space as possible between singers, musicians, and audience members. Six (6) feet is the minimum. If people are singing or playing brass or wind instruments, more than 6 feet of space is best. 
  • Sing outdoors whenever possible. 
  • Play brass and wind instruments outdoors whenever possible. You can also wear a face covering designed to be worn while playing. Cover your instrument to keep respiratory droplets from spreading. Empty spit valves in the trash or onto a towel that only you will touch. 
  • If you must be indoors, open windows and increase ventilation. 
  • Use amplification to reduce the need to project.
  • Don’t use shared microphones. Disinfect microphones after each use. 
  • Don’t share instruments.