Northern Ireland: COVID-19 advice for musicians
On 14 February 2022, Health Minister Robin Swann announced that all COVID-19 legal restrictions in Northern Ireland will be replaced by guidance from February 15 2022. Regulations will be kept under review and the Health Minister strongly emphasised the continuing need for caution and vigilance in relation to the virus.
Please refer to Northern Ireland's Government guidance entitled Live Life COVID aware. There are separate sections as follows:
Health advice, which includes:
Staying safe and general advice, which includes:
Please note that the ISM have produced a guide entitled Living with COVID-19 which you may find useful too.
Last updated: 23 May 2022
Schools and colleges
The Department of Education in Northern Ireland has revised its guidance, which will take effect from Easter 2022.
Please see below for important information.
Last updated: 26 April 2022
Northern Ireland's Department of Education have revised their guidance, which is available on their website.
General information within the guidance includes the following:
Face coverings: From Easter 2022 it will no longer be recommended in guidance that post-primary pupils should wear a face covering in corridors and communal areas. Primary school children are not recommended to use face coverings on school premises.
Gatherings of People:Schools can host both outdoor and indoor gatherings such as school concerts but should follow guidance in terms of mitigations such as encouraging individuals to keep their distance, ventilating indoor spaces and requesting the use of face coverings by visitors, particularly for indoor events.
In addition, the EA Music Service has produced further information relevant to musicians working in schools, as follows:
- Peripatetic instrumental and vocal lessons
- Instrumental and vocal ensembles (including choirs)
- Live music performances
It confirms that visiting teachers can teach in multiple schools and across classes but they should adhere to COVID-19 mitigations that are in place in each host school on minimising the spread of COVID-19.
Visiting music teachers should ensure they read the COVID-19 Code of Practice Protocols for the EA Music Service.
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