New winter hygiene concept of the associations for church choirs © Ja Crispy (shutterstock)
The General Cacilien-Verband ACV for Germany and the German choir association Pueri Cantores have updated their joint corona hygiene concept from June. The previous concept had proven itself in the past months.
The two associations announced in Regensburg and Cologne at the weekend that they had based their decision on new risk assessments and medical reports as well as other requirements from the federal states. Aim is to hold choir rehearsals "in physical community" safely even in winter season despite pandemic. The practical test as well as the technical advancements and recent experiences in the area of ventilation also helped with the revision.
No cluster infections in Catholic choirs
The original guideline has proven its worth in recent months, they said. It was in great demand, as the high download numbers showed. Up to now, there has not been a single known cluster infection in Catholic choirs. The new handout should also enable choir leaders to rehearse responsibly, where singers can meet without fear and anxiety. Of course, the concept must always be coordinated with the applicable requirements of the individual states and dioceses.
To facilitate this, a reference to the "Corona traffic light" was also made, explained ACV President Marius Schwemmer. The president of Pueri Cantores, Judith Kunz, added that the past months had shown that the hygiene concept formed a good basis for singers to come together and rehearse, albeit mostly in small formation. This possibility is enormously important, so that a large choir landscape is preserved. The revised concept is available at www.acv-germany.en and www.pueri-cantores.de on the Internet.