In order to clarify where we are at the moment regarding Live bands and rehearsal facilities at the club, the following information has been collated from various sources.
Where are we now?
Stage Four – ‘performances allowed indoors and outdoors (with limited socially-distanced audience indoors)’ – was confirmed on 13 August, to come into effect on 15 August.
Stage Five – the same but with a ‘fuller audience’ – has yet to be announced.
As of today, 23 August, we are at Stage Four of the roadmap, with indoor performances allowed to return with limited audiences. Socially distanced indoor and outdoor performances can take place as long as they adhere to the government’s guidance on distancing and limited audiences. The recommendation is for organisations to “continue to work outdoors wherever possible”.
Rehearsals and performances with no audiences have been happening and performances with socially-distanced audiences have been taking place outdoors already. And now, non-professional music-making can finally resume, as long as distancing is maintained, outdoor spaces are favoured and audience numbers are limited.
What about amateur bands and choirs?
The above guidance now applies to non-professional musicians and ensembles, as well as professionals participating in performing arts. “People should continue to socially distance from those they do not live with wherever possible,” the guidance says. “And venues, performers and audiences [should] ensure two-metre distancing applies wherever possible.” The government does maintain: “Social interactions should be limited to a group of no more than two households (indoors and out) or up to six people from different households (if outdoors).” So guidance for non-professional musicians takes into account the most up-to-date advice for meeting people outside your household.
How do we interpret these guidelines?
While we wish to see a return to 'Normal' levels of entertainment at the club, the measures mentioned above must be implemented with due regard to fresh air, social distancing and hygiene. In other words, if there is a music event held indoors, the windows and doors must be open and adherence to current guidance on family 'bubbles' must be complied with.
At no time are noise levels to reach such a pitch that complaints could be brought by our neighbours. Noise levels are to be monitored by the duty barperson or committee member in accordance with club rules.