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Updated July 2, 2021

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

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. 

Recommendations

  • 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. 
  • If you are not vaccinated, wear a mask and keep your distance from others.
  • 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.