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Coronavirus (COVID-19): organised activities for children

Published: 12 Nov 2020
Last updated: 24 Nov 2020 - see all updates

Guidance for the safe running of organised activities for children and young people.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): organised activities for children
Drama and music

Drama and music

Adopting a precautionary approach, the Advisory sub-group’s advice is that music and drama activities should take place only in situations where they comply with the low risk criteria in group settings. 

Lower risk activities, such as music activities with percussion, keyboards, strings and guitars, can take place, within the overall cap at each level. Playing of woodwind or brass instruments are not recommended at this time, particularly in a group setting, at any level. 

They are seen as lower risk in a one-to-one environment, where there is good ventilation (if indoor) or taken outside.

More creative solutions are recommended at this time including virtual lessons, rehearsals and performances, using digital forms of communication, and carry even less risk and are the recommended position at this time. 

Indoor activities are not permitted at Level 4. Outdoor and digital options can continue.

Singing

A number of activities for children including singing, are known to have many benefits. However, singing, especially in large groups, is considered a higher risk activity at present because of the potential for aerosol production and the absence presently of developed scientific analysis to assess this specific risk.

The risk is lower for younger children, but as these activities would usually involve adults as well as children participating, it is recommended that singing indoors, as the main part of any activity, does not take place inside premises where organised activities can be carried out, at this time. 

Some of the risk is reduced if the activity is taken outdoors. It will be up to each individual group/organisation/service provider to consider how or if this can be done safely.

Individual lessons where 2 metre physical distancing can be applied, should only be considered where the environment is well ventilated and equipment is not shared and other mitigating risk approaches can be safely put in place, such as singer not facing the teacher. 

Choirs should not recommence at this point. 

More creative solutions are recommended at this time including virtual lessons, rehearsals and performances, using digital forms of communication, and carry even less risk and are the recommended position at this time. 

Indoor activities are not permitted at Level 4. Outdoor and digital options can continue.

Private tuition

Because private tuition is  more likely to take place in a private home, different rules apply. Private tuition would be able to take place in a person’s own home, where household mixing is generally allowed (Level 0).  In Island areas this is also permitted at Level 1. In these circumstances, the general social gathering rules apply eg. no more than 6 people from 2 households (at Level 1). The provider would be included as one of the households in the gathering.

This can include one-to-one tuition for non-wind instruments, or woodwind or brass instruments where extra precautions are taken to lower the risk eg. large room, well ventilated. 

Where your work place is also your own home, or another setting, these activities should be considered referring to COVID-19 guidance on small and micro businesses


First published: 12 Nov 2020 Last updated: 24 Nov 2020 -