The Nova Scotia Choral Federation (NSCF) has simplified the guidelines for choral singing in Nova Scotia but please note these are subject to change ands we will continue to monitor public health announcements

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Restrictions and Guidance for Choral Activity
COVID Protocols December 14, 2021

In light of recent COVID-19 outbreaks and the threat of the new Omicron variant, physical distance and gathering limits are returning to help protect Nova Scotians and the health system over the next few weeks. Mask requirements are also being tightened and there are enhanced measures at schools.

Schools – Effective Tuesday, December 14, enhanced public health measures that affect choral activities at schools until the holiday break next week include:

  • no holiday concerts

Fully vaccinated community members can use school gyms and theatres after hours if operationally feasible.

Community and Faith Based – Effective at 9 a.m. on Friday, December 17, and lasting until at least the new year, the following restrictions will be in place:

Gathering limits

  • gathering limits of 50 per cent of capacity to a maximum of 150 people indoors and 250 outdoors apply to social gatherings, regular faith services, weddings, funerals and their associated receptions and visitation, special events, meetings, training, festivals, and audiences for sports events and arts and culture events (like performances and movie theatres) that are hosted by a recognized business or organization, including faith organizations
  • A limit of 60 participants indoors and outdoors applies to professional and amateur arts and culture rehearsals and performances; competitions are not allowed; professionals must have a plan for their workplace; physical distance is not required, and masks are recommended when possible indoors and outdoors
  • Children age 11 and younger continue to be restricted from entering Nova Scotia to participate in sports and arts and culture events and from participating in them outside Nova Scotia

There is no change in the requirement for proof of full vaccination for discretionary activities. It is still required for attendees and volunteers, even in places where gathering limits and physical distance will apply.

Additional Resources:

Nova Scotia coronavirus website: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/

For more information about COVID-19 testing and online booking, visit: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/symptoms-and-testing/

Government of Canada: https://canada.ca/coronavirus or 1-833-784-4397 (toll-free)


ADVOCACY FOR SAFE SINGING

Government of Nova Scotia: COVID-19 Guidance for Vocalists and Instrumentalists & Other Resources

Choral Canada

Coalition for Music Education in Canada COVID Resources

National Association for Teachers of Singing: Copyright Guidance for Singing in a Virtual World

The Singing Network

FACEBOOK RESOURCES

Choirs Unite

Canadian Choral Advocacy Network

COVID-19 INFORMATION, INITIATIVES AND RELIEF PROGRAMS (FEDERAL & PROVINCIAL)

Here is a complete list of COVID-19 initiatives from the Province of Nova Scotia.

Click here for more information on the Province of Nova Scotia response to COVID-19

Here is a complete list of COVID-19 initiatives from the Government of Canada.

Click here for more information on the Federal Government’s response to COVID-19 (HEALTH)

Click here for  more information on the Federal Governments ECONOMIC Response Plan to COVID 19

Here is the link to an overview of the Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations released May 8th.

OTHER RESOURCES

Broadway Relief Project – Singers Masks

Singers Mask Tutorial and Pattern

Singers Mask – Diane Coatsworth Design 

If you have any questions about the above resources, please contact the Nova Scotia Choral Federation Staff:

Executive Director: Tim Callahan-Cross
tim@nscf.ca

Program Coordinator: Ryan Henwood
ryan@nscf.ca